Date(s) - 19/08/2019 - 01/09/2019
Signal Arts Centre
Dutch artist Marja van Kampen will exhibit her paintings and mixed media in the Signal Arts Centre in Bray from Monday 19th August to Sunday 1st September.
In this colourful exhibition “The Colours of Wonder and Innocence” 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 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.
Her work was shown internationally in Worpswede, Germany, Municipal Gallery, Lorient, L’Embarcadere, Lyon, France, Ludwig Haack Museum, Germany, Affordable Art Fair, London, 6×6 for Ireland Showcase,Beijing, Hangzhou, Shanghai, China. Recenly she has shown her work during the Wexford Fringe Festival and the Greenacres Gallery, Wexford.
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.