At the group exhibition ‘Verse Aanwas’ my pencil drawings, inspired by Jane Morris her hair, are juxtaposed by portraits in stone by Martie van der Loo.
On show are paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures and prints made by 13 different artists. From 28 July till 18 August 2019 at Pulchri, Den Haag.
Pulchri magazine published an article about the exhibition (in Dutch). Find a similar fragment in English below, originally written by Klaske Havik in November 2018.
“The pencil drawings of Jane’s hairstyles have been transformed into leading a life of their own in these new drawings. They reach into the depths of drawing itself. The portraits still show traces of thoughts and stories. In the detail of skin and hair lie labyrinthine landscapes in which the viewer can get lost. The muse gradually disappears from the image and leaves room for other, new stories. New, but anchored in the search for the doppelganger, to the self, to the other. They invite you to look the detail and think about what you can read in it.”
For the duo exhibition in Galerie de Molen, it seemed nice to show the development of my drawings, from the start of my ‘Reflections on Jane Morris’ project.
Ten years ago I made a series of pencil drawings of Jane Morris’ hairstyles. This series was the starting point for my recent series of drawings in which the muse gradually disappears from the image and leaves room for other, new stories.
Recently I started making photographic etchings from these series. With printing in different colours, I investigate the influence of colour, contrast and tone on the experience of my original drawings in grayscale.
3 t/m 28 april 2019 Portrait Opening 6 april 16.00 at the Haagse Kunstkring, Den Haag During the group exhibition Portret I am showing 4 drawings I also showed during the exhibition Genomineerden van Ommeren de Voogt prize 2018 at Pulchri. From the … Lees verder →
Pulchri magazine published an article about the ‘van Ommeren de Voogt Prize 2018′. Klaske Havik wrote the piece about my work.
Winner Paul Nassenstein, Sandra Thie and myself are awarded with an exhibtion at the van Hardenbergzaal in Pulchri. I am showing a new series of 14 pencil drawings, inspired by Jane Morris’ hair.
The exhibition will be opened by Anna de Voogt, 13 January 2019, 17.00 in the Hardenbergzaal. It wil run till 3 February.
On 20 January there will be an artist talk, from 15.00 till 16.00 at the van Hardenbergzaal in Pulchri.
During the open atelier route I will be drawing with ink.You’re welcome on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 May 2018, from 12 till 17. My studio is located at Oosterbeek 2c, Den Haag, at the entrance of Parc Clingendael (23 on the map).
I am also participating in the group exhibition at Benoordenhuis, Bisschoppstraat 5, Den Haag (same opening hours).
December 2018, Galerie Atelier Herenplaats (group): etchings, linocuts
December 1 2018 till January 8 2019, Kunstgroep Wassenaar (group): drawings
June 8 till July 7 2019, Kunstgroep Wassenaar (duo with Willem van Dam): drawings
Printing studio Grafische Werkplaats in Den Haag organised the workshop Toyobo etching by Eric de Vries. I learned how to transfer a drawing onto a light sensitive polymere plate using water and UV light.
I am happy with the results as my original drawing was reproduced more accurate than the photograph I used during an earlier workshop polymere etching (the colored print).
The book ‘Geen woorden maar beelden, 25 jaar Galerie Atelier Herenplaats, Outsider Art in Nederland’ is also available in English. In almost 300 pages filled with wonderful images and texts, it describes the journey of Herenplaats. It is an art academy for mentally and physically challengend artists, where I enjoy teaching linocutting and etching.
The bookpresentation was held on 29 June 2017 at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam. Watch the crowdfunding clip for more details or visit the studios and exhibitions at Galerie Atelier Herenplaats. Schietbaanstraat 1, 3014 ZT Rotterdam.
Upcoming this weekend:
Open Studios Route Bezuidenhout and group exhibition at Benoordenhuis, Bisschopstraat 5, Den Haag (number 1 on the map).
You’re very welcome on 20 and 21 May from 12.00 till 17.00
My studio is nr 24 on the map.
My etchings are on show at the exhibition Hogedrukgebied at Galerie Atelier Herenplaats; extented till 16 January 2017. Watch this crowdfunding video for the HPL 25 book and find out more about the fine art department where I work with mentally challenged artists.
Last year the Open Studio Route Benoordenhout was a success, with 130 visitors in my studio at the parc. This year it’s scheduled for 20 and 21 May 2017, from 12.00 till 17.00 at Oosterbeek 2c, 2597 VJ, Den Haag.
Galerie Atelier Herenplaats exhibits etchings and linocuts
made by their mentally challenged artists (some under my supervision),
Punt 5 (children) and Willem de Kooning (art academy students).
They also show some of my previous work and recent work.
From 7 October till 28 November 2016>extended till 16 January 2017.
Schietbaanstraat 1, 3014 Z, Rotterdam
Upcoming: On Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May 2016 I will be proudly presenting my new studio. I am participating in the open studio route Benoordenhout from 12.00 till 17.00. During that weekend I am also showing one work at the group exhibition at Benoordenhuis, Bisschopstraat 5, 2596 XH Den Haag.
My new studio is situated in the beautiful parc Landgoed Oosterbeek (bordering the parc Clingendael and the Dierenambulance and opposite the Haagse Bos). Post address is Oosterbeek 2c, 2597 VJ, Den Haag.
Commemorating Jane Morris’ birthday, as she was born on 19 October 1839, I superimposed a colour portrait of me, taken by Liselotte Fleur for the editorial about my work in Lone Wolf magazine, on top of a black and white photo of Jane Morris.
Doublechecking the date I suddenly realised there was another photograph of Jane Morris from the same series.
I might have always overlooked the image on the left as I was so smitten by the image on the left, in which Jane sits upright, full of self confience. Don’t you agree how this slight tilt of the head so drastically influences the way we perceive Jane?
I am proud to announce that Lone Wolf magazine, features an interview with me in their latest issue #12; ‘Philosopher and Muse’. The editorial ‘The Silent Muse’ is written by Natalia Borecka and photographed by Liselotte Fleur.
‘…Suddenly, a strange new prospect presented itself. Here was an opportunity to give someone pushed aside by history, the voice she so deserved. Here was a chance to give Jane her moment in the spotlight, not as a muse, but as a flesh and blood woman. And so, Margje set out out to turn a fading myth into a breathing story, using herself as Jane’s surrogate…’
On July 7th 1865, 150 years ago, Jane Morris’ image was caught on wet-collodion glass plates by John Robert Parsons, following Rossetti’s instructions. I always like to celebrate important events in Jane Morris’ life so I treated myself to a workshop ‘non-toxic polymere etching’ by Petra Tolboom at the Grafische Werkplaats in Den Haag.
First step is laminating a copper plate with light sensitive photopolymer, exposing it with a transparent positive and allowing it to harden under UV light.
Second step is inking the plate with water based ink and printing it on an etching press.
My prints are now being dried pressed using heavy William Morris and Rossetti books. When they are flat I will use them as a starting point; combining photography, etching and drawing. The newly learned technique offers a huge variety of possibilities and I very much look forward to learn more about non-toxic printing.
This week I have been creating booklets by choosing a cover for 2 journals. I used 1 ink drawing and 1 contemporary photograph, including Jane Morris’ autograph. You can fill the 60 blank pages yourself or give the journal away as a present.
Last week I drew about 20 versions after this photograph made of Jane Morris. I slightly altered the original by retouching her face and by mirroring it. I love drawing with bister ink as the hue resembles old photographs so much.