About the Artist
Marja van Kampen was born in The Hague, the Netherlands. She is a painter and printmaker, receiving her degrees in Painting, Printmaking and Art History from the Akademie door Beeldende Kunsten in Arnhem, The Netherlands. 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. She now lives in Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, Ireland.
She is a full-time painter and printmaker. Her work has appeared in numerous group exhibitions in Ireland and abroad. Soloshows include a National Touring Exhibition, Kenny Art Gallery, Galway, Denis Collins Gallery, Wexford, Wexford Fringe Festival, Galway Arts Festival, Carlow Arts Festival, Worpswede, Germany, Centre Mas D’Azilien, France
She is the recipient of many awards, the most recent a Travel Award from the Arts Council of Ireland to study American expressionistic painters in New York.
Her work is in many Public and private collections including the Arts Council of Ireland, the Office of Public Works, The State Art Collection, Aras an Uachterain, the residence of the President of Ireland, University College Hospital, Galway, Institute of Technology, Tralee, Mayo County Council.
My paintings explore childhood themes including elements of landscape, either local or foreign, but mostly imaginative. Strong influences are images and curios I have collected on travels abroad, particularly India, where vibrant colours and patterns have incorporate 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.