Marja van Kampen Dutch artist, Holland and Wexford

O'Fortuna, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 60 cm
Under A Starry Sky
Under A Starry Sky, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 50 cm
Children at the Seaside
Children at the Seaside, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 50 cm
Waiting for Sunrise
Waiting for Sunrise, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60 cm
In the Market
In the Market, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 cm
Child of the South
Child of the South, acrylic on canvas, 50 x 40 cm
Asleep Among the Stars
Asleep Among the Stars, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 60 cm
In a World of her Own
In a World of her Own, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 30 cm
Autumn Singing in the Tree
Autumn Singing in the Tree, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60 cm
Summer in Abundance
Summer in Abundance, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 80 cm
Childhood Summers Remembered
Childhood Summers Remembered, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60 cm
Little Bird Song
Little Bird Song, acrylic on canvas, 60 x 60 cm

Dutch artist Marja van Kampen, Holland and Wexford

Marja van Kampen was born in The Netherlands. She is a full-time painter and printmaker, receiving her degrees for Painting, Printmaking and Art History from the Akademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Arnhem, The Netherlands, in 1972. Having practiced her art there for a number of years Marja travelled through Europe and settled for a while in the South of France before moving to Ireland permanently in 1982. She now lives in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

Her work has appeared in numerous group exhibitions in Ireland, Europe, USA and as far as China. Recently she exhibited at the Affordable Art Fair, London, the Greenacres Gallery, Wexford, Carlow Arts Festival and Wexford Fringe Festival. Solo shows include a National Touring Exhibition, Galway Arts Festival, Carlow Arts Festival, Wexford Fringe Festival, Denis Collins Gallery, Wexford, The Kenny Art Gallery, Galway.

Her work is in many public collections including The Arts Council of Ireland, the Office of Public Works, Microsoft Irish Art Collection, AIB and Áras an Uachteráin, the residence of Michael D. Higgins, the President of Ireland. She is the recipient of several Awards, the most recent a Travel Award from the Arts Council to study American expressionistic painters in New York.

My paintings explore themes of childhood including elements of landscape, either local or foreign. Strong influences are images and curios I have collected on travels abroad, particularly India, where vibrant colours and patterns have incorporated an Eastern feature to my work. I enlarge elements, distort proportions and discard perspective introducing a playful imagery to give my work a light-hearted quality.

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