Marja Hens Artist
As a 'zoom in' pur sang, I am looking for visible structures that are created by these natural influences or that have been created by human hands. Enlarging these zoomed fragments creates a beautiful world that, although always based on reality, can sometimes seem abstract ...
Other does not stand for 'that which remains'. Other stands for the subjects that also have my love, such as portraits, landscapes and still lifes. I don't want to limit myself. It is the special moments that determine my work: when I get 'caught' by something, it has to be painted. Point.
About me ...
As a child I got a small loupe, which I became fascinated by zooming in.
A scrape, a cuticle or the surface of a pebble offered me a completely new 'landscape' that fascinated me because it created a new abstraction.
During and after the education at the Classical Academy in Groningen (Holland), this remained my subject. And I notice that it is present in all my works : in 'portraits', 'landscapes', my 'patternpaintings and necklaces' or in my 'still lifes'. I don't have to look for it: it's just who I am.
exposition in Haus der Niederlande
From 14/10 to 14/11/21 I exhibit with Noorder Art in Münster, in the Haus der Niederlande. The exhibition is about us as neighbours. Students have made their own contribution.
And then someone else shares a perfect 'moment': you can't pose for a 'moment' because it will be gone in a split second. The picture is often far a bad one due to too little or too much light, wrong colors or unnecessary information. But the message is moving and inspiring for me. And that must be painted ...
Sometimes it is possible to 'catch' a moment with the camera ... Maybe 1 of the 50 attempts succeed. So... How beautiful is that as a subject to paint?
Portrait of my father
My father died almost five years ago. So far all attempts to paint his portrait targeted the end of his life, but a person is more than the sum of its parts and that is why I chose to paint him in a period in which he was in the prime of his life. He is probably depicted here more as son, brother and father, and less as grandfather and great-grandfather, but it is who he was...
Exhibition Tamboer in Hoogeveen
from 10-12-2019 to 17-02-2020 Together with artist Elise d’Hont I exhibit my new ‘Pattern paintings’. I have also enlarged the subject of structure and patterns of my painting necklaces. It has become a beautiful series, painted with oil paint on artificial leather…