Artists Marja van Kampen and Martina Furlongwill exhibit their colourful paintings and limited edition prints in their Pop-Up Gallery in No. 16 George Street, Wexford at the Wexford Fringe Festival from 19th October – 4th November. Open daily 11.00-17.00
Wexford born Martina Furlong paints colourful, textured landscapes and abstracts in oils and acrylics. In her work she mixes reality with memories and imagination and paints her own interpretation of it.
She is currently working on a series of paintings that combines her landscape and abstract work. This series is inspired by the Irish National Heritage Park in Wexford. They are semi abstract paintings combining the lines and shapes of the ring forts, stone circle and megalithic tombs with the organic lines and shapes of the natural forestry and wet woodlands. She has also incorporated stitching/sewing into her work for the first time and four of these pieces feature in this new series of work.
Martina exhibited in London in group show, ‘Unity in Variety VIII’ in January 2018 and at the London St.Patrick’s Day Festival. She also had a solo exhibition in the café at Hook Lighthouse and participated in the first Enniscorthy Arts Trail. After the Wexford Fringe Festival she will show her work at Art Source in the RDS from November 9 to 11.
In her colourful paintings Dutch artist Marja van Kampen expresses the wonderment of childhood, depicting the child in it’s innocence and openness.
The original inspiration for her exhibited works are her vivid memories of the beauty and spontaneity of the children during her many travels to India, combined the colour slides her father took of her sisters and herself in the 50’s 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’s recent exhibitions include the Carlow Arts Fringe Festival and the Kilkenny Arts Festival. Her work is in many public collections such as the Arts Council, Office of Public Works, Wexford County Council. She is preparing for a solo exhibition in the Kenny Art Gallery, Galway and the Signal Arts Centre, Bray in 2019.