Artists Marja van Kampen and Martina Furlong will exhibit their colourful paintings and limited edition prints in their Pop-Up Gallery at No.111 North Main Street, Wexford (beside The Vine Restaurant) at the Wexford Fringe Festival from 18th October – 3rd November. Open daily 11.00-17.00
Dutch artist Marja van Kampen explores themes of childhood. She commenced work on this theme, depicting children, after one of her many trips to India, where her imagination was stimulated by the beauty and spontaneity of the children.
Another large influence is the colour slides and black and white photographs her father took of her sisters and herself in the 50S and 60’s.
Incorporated in the work are elements of landscape, both local and foreign and the use of decorative and fabric motifs, suggested by other cultures. Her purpose is to enlarge elements, distort proportions and disregard perspective to produce a spirited and naïve quality to the work.
Marja van Kampen was born in The Netherlands. She is a full-time painter and printmaker. Having practised her art for a number of years she travelled through Europe and settled for a while in the South of France before moving to Ireland in 1982. She now lives in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.
Recent solo exhibitions include The Kenny Gallery, Galway and the Signal Arts Centre, Bray.
She is the recipient of many awards, the most recent a Travel Award from the Arts Council of Ireland to study American expressionists painters in New York.
Her work is in many public art collections, including the Arts Council of Ireland, Wexford County Council, AIB, Office of Public Works and 4 of her paintings are in Áras an Uachteráin, the residence of president Michael D. Higgins.
Irish artist Martina Furlong paints colourful, textured landscapes and abstracts in oils and acrylics.
Her work is influenced by the things she sees and experiences daily; the Irish landscape, books, architecture, people. Martina is currently working on her Internal World Series of paintings which are her response to research into spiritual hunger, the mystery of being human, looking internally and connecting to nature. Her landscape and abstract work show her love of colour, shape, line and movement. They are atmospheric pieces made using layer upon layer of textured paint giving a sense of history and a sensuous quality to each piece.
Recently Martina’s work has been included in group shows at The Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, The Enniscorthy Arts Trail and the Kilkenny Arts Festival. Her work was also selected to feature in an ongoing collaboration between ArtBridge and The Sofa & Chair Company, London. In September she was one of five artists invited to create an 8x12ft painting at Electric Picnic for this year’s Place of Picnic Art Wall (PoPA).
Wexford born Martina graduated from Limerick School of Art and Design with a BA in Fine Art Painting in 1996 and after many years working in London now lives in Oulart, Co.Wexford