Arend Nieuwland

Arend Nieuwland

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of our cherished husband, father, and grandfather, Arend Nieuwland, at the age of 77.

Arend, born in the Netherlands in 1946 to the late Cornelis Nieuwland and Lena Koningswoud, was a graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and the University of Guelph. Throughout his life, he dedicated himself to art, working as an artist and serving as the Director of the Arts Program at the Guelph Correctional Centre for 26 years. He was also one of the directing board members of the Canadian Prison Arts Program. Arend often expressed that "Art is an international language, like laughter and love.” Arend’s passion for both physical and philosophical inquiry enriched his life and inspired those around him.  His sculptures and paintings are displayed in galleries and private collections both nationally and internationally.

Arend is survived by his wife, Janny (nee Van Der Heijden), his sons Justin (Miranda), Roben (Kelly), and Jordan (Liz), as well as his grandchildren Chase, West, and Aria. He is also survived by his brother Bill and sister-in-law, Trudie Nieuwland, and by Hans and Nelly Van der Maas and their family from the Netherlands. Additionally, he is survived by many nephews and nieces. 

In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place.

A celebration of Arend’s life will be held on Sunday, May 5th, from 1-3 p.m. at Mighton Funeral Home in Hanover.

To pay tribute to Arend’s legacy, a 10ft bronze sculpture will be erected in Guelph. A Non-Profit donation portal will be setup to honour Arend’s project, or the charity of your choice.


Public Condolences

Arend will certainly be missed! We will always remember his kind soul and love. Arend brought much joy through his art and passion. He always inspired others to explore their own artistic talents and his memory will live on through others he touched in his life!
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Bev and Jim Morgan

May 6, 2024

We were saddened to read of Arend's passing. We always admire his talent and will remember him as one of those unique people we had the privilege of knowing.
Your family will miss him. We have fond memories of our collective sons growing up together.
Bob & Lynda

- Bob & Lynda Grant
May 6, 2024


We are thinking of you and are so sorry for your loss. We will always cherish the many many wonderful times spent together. Love always Roger and Norma

- Roger and Norma Kinghorn
May 4, 2024

Arend was a beautiful soul and I am deeply saddened by his passing. I remember so many memories with him and the family. I'm so very sorry to you all. Beyond anything I could express. I hope you all find peace in the love that he gave you. Love always, Jenanne

- Jenanne Longman
May 3, 2024

Janny and family, you have my sincere condolences on the death of Arend. He had incredible artistic ability. I got to know him, when he was a member of the Saugeen Artists Guild, of which I am a member. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers, during this difficult time.

- Jaqueline Penfold
May 2, 2024

Jani and family. With our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of Arend. We shall always remember him as a friend and neighbour. Condolences Anne & Bert

- Bert & Anne Welsh
May 2, 2024

Janny and family, We are very sorry to hear of Arend passing. We are thinking of you during this difficult time. Our deepest condolences Dave Randall, Kathy Gilbert

- Kathy Gilbert
April 30, 2024

My deepest condolences to you Tante Jenny and the boys and their families Arend was a very kind soul and an unbelievable artist so sad I don't know what happened but I'm truly sorry to hear this. You're all in my thoughts and prayers.

- Dave Nieuwland
April 29, 2024

Dear Roben and Family: Our hearts are hurting for you and your beautiful Family as you mourn the passing of your beautiful and kind father. I know he was such an incredible human being (like Father like son). I hope he gives you the strength you need in the days to come. We love you very much and my prayers and condolences to your and your family

- Leidy Morasky
April 29, 2024

Our deepest condolences to an extraordinary, loving family. In our hearts always♥️. Rest in bliss

- Valentina Morasky
April 29, 2024

Dear Janny, we are so sorry for your loss. With our deepest condolences,
Cathy and Doug Ellison

- Cathy Ellison
April 29, 2024

Lieve Janny, we are so sorry for your loss! Wij zijn blij Arend, broer van Wim, ontmoet te mogen hebben in 2021 bij jullie bezoek aan onze fam Ran & Ank Keasberry te London Ontario. Dat wij na het verlies van onze geliefde zwager Randolph in 2021 nu ook moeten vernemen dat jouw Arend is overleden raakt ons zeer. Wij willen jou en de familie hierbij condoleren met dit inmense verlies en wensen jou en de verdere familie heel veel sterkte toe!

- Jos & Winnie Heideman
April 29, 2024

Our deepest sympathies. For the short time that we have been neighbours, Arend was a gentle and kind man who gave the world his amazing gift of art.

- Douglas & Gwen Smith
April 27, 2024

Arend,art is your life .
We hadden graag nog wat meer liefde, lach en kunst ,met je genoten.
Je bent een inspiratie, we zullen je niet vergeten.

Greets from Holland,

Ellen, Mika en dick❤️

- D R Van Der Maas
April 26, 2024

Dear Jannie, Justin, Roben, Jordan and your dear families.

We were very saddened to hear of Arend's passing. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and that we are holding you close to our hearts...Jaap and I have been talking about Arend's warmth and kindness whenever we saw him at Bill and Trudie's. Our deepest sympathy en wij zien jullie op 5 Mei...

Liefs van ons, Jaap en Carrie

- Jaap and Carrie Salentyn
April 25, 2024

Dear Janny & Family,
So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with you.
Love Maggie

- Maggie Prince
April 25, 2024

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Hanover, Ontario N4N 1N4
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