life & work

 

1963

born in vlaardingen , the netherlands

 

mar-jon

grew up in an environment where art,music and literature governed daily life 

 

her wide naturel interst went out to art 

 talent 

for art

 

first thing she remembers is this drawing 

-normal drawing- 

but not for her.... 

sitting on the floor,

about 4 years, 

she knows that ...:

 

this is her soul speaking ,her destination,

telling visual

everything is connected

 

 

 

 

 

in between 

 

in the years before artschool... 

 

-always making ideas / drawings ,

-vwo

- teaching experience

 

 

 

 

 

the path 

 

be happy if you may go on sunny roads,

be happy if you find florishing flowers there,

be happy with the sun and the wind and the rain ,

be happy with the life , 

your life my child ..

 

this radiance of hapiness is most importend in her artistic work 

 

she followed her hart and went to : 

willem de kooning art academie 

rotterdam

 

 

1993

 

from 1988 till 1993(5 years of study) 

like a fish in the water 

not easy ,

innovation ...

only by changing ,

things can be the same..?

how to find new visual words in a develloping world ...,so it can be understood in any time and space 

 

 

completed as bachelor 

at the well known 

willem de kooning academy of art

rotterdam -  the netherlands

 

( including  a two year study artclass at the academie of architecture ) 

 

 important teachers :- joop van meel -

 kees spermon - hans andringa

 

  

 

HAL

 

holland america line 

exhibition 

 

rotterdam 

 

 

 

 

 

 

anton van gemert

opened the exhibition 

 

 

 she likes the monumental art

so large paintings of her here

 

the works are innovative and chatoyant, with a very own style, bringing  coherence 

 

she dreams of making this on walls in public spaces 

 

 

 

 

 

these paintings are made in a special technic that looks like fresco.

 

 they show a romantic world ,referring to the classical art in which symbols and mythological figures play an important role 

 

 

 

 

 

1994

 

-gallery merkle

den hague

the netherlands

 

years of expositions and big projects follow

she had some great gallery's

there was a good market and public for her work

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

-YAP

gallery 

rotterdam 

 

 

-bijenkorf 

gallery

amsterdam 

 

painting stolen 

 

 

-erasmus

galery

rotterdam

 

drawings

 1994-1995

 

  florence -romano stefanelli 

(he died in januari 2016)

mar-jon was with romano do some projects to learn his special frescotechnic from him 

later she develloped her own technic to make it possible for a colder climate like holland 

 raimondo raici

(sculptor and director from the art-academie)

we were going to do a project in libanon, then 

he died suddenly  in januari 1995

 

 

 

while working in florence she met azad nanakeli , a really great charismatic visual artist

he lives and works here ,with 

his innovative ideas all over the world

florence feels always like a balance, 

gives inspiration to go on 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1996

 

NAVAS

veenendaal 

stuctechnics learning from hans geerkens 

 

mar-jon was learning all kind of ideas in paint , pigments , stuc etc and developed her own technic

 

 

 

 

1997-1998

 

-in collection ABN -AMRO bank

the netherlands

 

 

- in collection BAM

the netherlands 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

-opening

exhibition

ABN-AMRO

the netherlands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 exhibition

group

castle of rhoon 

rhoon

the netherlands

 

 

 

 

 

exhibition 

bonefro 

italy 

 

 

 

article in ;

newspaper bonefro 

italy 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1999

 

YAP

gallery

 

exhibition 

group

 

rotterdam

 

1999

 

good years follow,

with people who believe in each other 

 

articles in magazines and newspaper 

like:

-telegraaf, the netherlands 

- AD rotterdam

 

expositions : 

-pervelle gallery 

( exposition with her father )

 

travelling to spain 

  1999

 

 maarten van der gaag 

dutch consul 

barcelona

 

he likes her work 

she is going to make a big mural in begur 

12 m x 3 m 

 

home of the eagle

 

 

  

 

 

  nothing = everything 

article in:

-cultural magazine

-AD newspaper rotterdam

 

-serie of 5 paintings

the way it is 

 

-exposition :

YAP galery 

rotterdam

 

  

 

 

 

2000

 

travelling to brazil 

 

-exposition

modern art museum

campo grande 

 

exhibition 

named :

saop bubbles

 

the idea of 

a happy soap bubble 

very delicate , vulnerable

like a symbol 

splash apart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

article in :

 

- caderno 

campo grande 

brazil

 

 

 -master - art- class

contemporary museum 

 

 for professional and amateur artists in every age 

theme:dutch artists in the spot lights 

like van gogh , vemeer, israels ,rembrandt , frans hals ,corneille , karel appel etc 

we did all kind of technics

painted inside and outside the museum 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

article in :

 - correio do estado

campo grande 

 

about the exposition 

of the paintings made in the lessons 

 

 

social project 

pantanal 

brazil 

children without home

 

we made paint of sand and eggs, 

 using  this on what we could find in nature ,

like leaves and wood 

 

 

 

 

 

 

project rembrandtstraat

 

 

the residents of the rembrandtstreet in vlaardingen asked the government in vlaardingen to redecorate a place where they looked up

it was neglected

so they asked mar-jon to make contact with them to see what might be possible 

it had to become a huge fresco on special concrete panels because there was a big gap between two walls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

mar- jon needed a place to work 

so she could use the space behind the firm of sander doeve 

and worked there for almost a year on the panels 

using special selfmade paint that would be restistaned to the wind and rain  in the netherlands

 

 

 

 

 

 

the children in the street in the age of 1 year till 18 years were the models on the big mural 

the idea was that they would be on the same places as the figures on the Nachtwacht from Rembrandt

mar- jon made scetches of the children before painting

some she still have  in her studio 

 

after this year of working every day 

the panels were being placed on the wall in a very special way .. the buildingconstructor albert maat did a very good job, it wasn't easy  

 

 

 

 

 

 the final touch

the people in the street were very happy with the good feeling this place was giving them 

they want to protect it 

it is really something specially made 

and they are so much more happy with how they live 

they gave a big opening on the 15 th of july 2000

 

 

 

children play

jung people come together 

grown ups meet

older people just relax 

a nice place for every one 

 

 

 

 

 2001

 

exhibition 

gedistileerd museum

schiedam

 

in the museum a workshop was given by mar-jon

the ehibition of the work was after finishing 

the name was : spirit in a bottle 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

meeting architect

sagrada familia

 

traveling to spain ,looking for a gallery 

the man of grife & escode knew him 

so it was very nice to talk with the architect , he showed me how he continued the work of gaudi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

geneve

switserland

workingperiode

 

newspaper article 

rotterdam 

 

this article was written about the serie I was working on in my studio 

 

2002 

 

art-class in the museum 

schiedam 

 

the artotheek asked me to give art lessons in the museum

develloped a plan 

after finishing we had a exhibition in the museum 

 

 

 

 

social project 

kalimath - india

 

painted a mural on the holy house in kalimath together with the poor people living there 

they wanted this for good fortune 

 

  

 

exhibition

grife & escoda

barcelona

spain

 

a big exhibition

had to send my work from holland to spain

sold some big paintings 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the invitation for the exhibition 

the dutch consultaat helped to give publicity to it

lots of people were coming 

and articles in teh newspaper  

 

 

 

exhibition 

YAP gallery

rotterdam

 

a big exhibition in YAP gallery , rotterdam

a very good galery

with customers from all over the world

they always sold work 

unfortunately they closed the gallery 

 

 

 

 

 

 

article newspaper

rotterdam

 

article about yap gallery and the visual artists they represent 

 

ones a painting from me was stolen here 

we never found it back 

 

 

  

2003

 

exhibition

group

castle

rhoon 

 

group exhibition  with delft blue paintings 

 

exhibition 

moravska trebova

tsjech republic 

 

exhibition large tempera painting 

4m x 3m

 

 

 

 

 

art-class

museum 

dida dier

 

masterclass in the museum 

children painting animals like artists 

there own vision 

inspiration by making scetches in the museum before 

article in the newspaper 

together with liesbeth 

 

 2004

 

art-lessons

paintings 

museum

 

art-class with paintins from jaap van de ende  

schools are visiting and mar-jon is showing them around 

they are looking and making drawings 

 

 

 

article 

newspaper

exhibition 

museum

1

 

 

 

 

article 

 newspaper

exhibition

museum 

2

 

 

  

 

2005

 

mural

practice

dentist

3m x 3m

 

stay with arthur spronken 

sculptor

limburg

 

 

exhibition

gallo-romeins-museum

tongeren

belgium

 

 

 

 

 

opening

and article in magazine

about the delft blue serie 

 

 

  

 

 

2006

 

 exhibition

utrecht

article in telegraaf 

 

 

 mural

sliedrecht 

 

wallpainting

commissioned

mineral paint

6m x 4m 

carpe diem

 

 

 

 

 

 

wallpainting

dordrecht

 

commissioned

4m x 4m 

fresco 

 

worked on this real fresco three weeks while the people of the house we on holiday

 

 

 

2007

 

ice fabric galery

wilp-apeldoorn

secretary of the royal family called to come and visit the exposition - just took it away ...

 

Uitblinker

prise for horeca , ingraving the names , every year

design in glass - leerdam

 

 

 

 

2008

 

library

vlaardingen

entrance

 inside

lamps

elevator doors

 

working 

in the

workshop of contractor

albert maat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the government of vlaardingen, arie van der hout asked me to make a plan 

the library needed a new fresch look 

 

so a new entrance and inside,

including the door of the elevators and hallway

the main idee was the bookmark 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

in the roof before the entrance there are little lights in the ceiling 

the statue and the ceiling are one  object 

it needed to feel happy to go inside 

commissioned

 

 

 

 

 

2009

 

article 

newspaper

subject :desire to create

ad 

the netherlands

 

 

 

 

 

 

showing 

work 

&

orangerie

paris

 

 

 

2010

 

project bolton group

wall painting 

5 m x 3 m

 

project bolton 

made serie of 50 paintings

competition on assignment

 

 

 

2011

 

four schoolyards together

baarnhoeve - design

 

the govenment of vlaardingen asked mar-jon to make a plan for 4 schoolyards together 

she had to solve the problem that there was confusion about the entrances of the schools and it needed to have a good radiance , safe to play

 

 

 

it was commissioned, but there was a big freedom in how to design , there was trust..oa with ben van de velde and arie van der hout

in the ground are little lights.. in the night it is like stars comming out of the floor 

the stones are made in beautiful round paterns

the schools were happy and also the people who live around  in the neighborhood

 

 

2012

 

bookmark

empty leaf

serie

mineral paint on concrete

 

this leaf can go anywhere over the world  and addapt itself 

how will it change ?

 

 

 

florence 

in studio of azad

 

 

the empty leaf travelling 

to florence 

 

 

 

 

 

exhibition

group

florence 

italy

2013

 

exhibition

wall-papers

laurenskerk

rotterdam 

 

exhibition

wall-papers

donner 

gallery

rotterdam  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

commisionned

lucas church

in stone 

design

2m x 1.50 m

 

 

they asked mar-jon to make a piece of art in the church based on the story of lucas made in stone

it was commissioned ,but she was free to have her own idea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2014

 

-working on ID(ea) serie

 

-open studio days

 

-giving masterclasses

2015

 

-oerlemans-venlo

commissioned

wall of fame - printed forms

on panels - 8m x 3m

this big foodcompany asked marjon to make a wall of fame from the farmers who work for them

 

-presentation drawings 

 

-giving masterclasses 

 

 

2016 - 2017

 

wall-painting 

at customerservice

commissioned

bijenkorf

rotterdam

 

 

 

 

 

metamorphosis

the idea is based  on the mentality of people living in rotterdam

workers - no nonsence - straight

so these people from archive photo,s are the base

the important buildings in rotterdam are the second layer 

like the trainstation , bridge, HAL etc

the monumental form together is a butterfly 

it is going about changing  to be innovative 

painting is on two walls ,

17 m x 3.50 m 

mineral paint 

 

 

 

 

-art-tour 

 museum 

corneille 

 

-exhibition 

city hall 

spijkenisse

 

-exhibition

gallery 

RAR

spijkenisse

 -masterclasses

at

schools

here working on big paintings of famous painters like picasso 

 

- open studio days 

vlaardingen

 

-exhibition

nia studio

gallery

naarden 

the netherlands

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 - 2019

 

gallery

showing wallpaper

herzlia

israel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

outdoor 

art

masterclass

herzlia 

israel

 

 

 

- florence

making scetches

at museum 

marino marini

for new serie

 

he has been a great inspiration for arthur spronken who had marino as his teacher(both have been an inspiration for me )

arthur died 2018 

 

2018 - 2019

 

- working on new serie

 

- exhibition- NIA 

gallery-naarden

 

-restauration  

wall-painting 

rembrandtstraat-vlaardingen

-article  

newspaper-AD

rotterdam 

 subject:

the social function of this wall-painting , almost 20 years after making it , even people have moved and new inhabitants are in the houses on the other side of the street , they feel it as there own  

 

-exhibition

RAR

gallery-spijkenisse

gedicht

 

  voor mar-jon

door :

nico dijkshhoorn 

 

bij bovenstaande schilderijen 

 

 

zo

heb ik nog nooit op een strand durven staan

met het algemeen dagblad van zaterdag om mijn heupen 

de column van hugo borst

schurend 

tegen mij  steeds lager hangend 

scrotum 

 

deze man 

heeft geen idee van tinder

de dating-app

waarop mensen elkaar

rigoureus 

puur op uiterlijk

naar links en naar rechts schuiven

vekeerde neus

pang naar links

lippen als je vader

weg ermee

tanden beetje scheef

vegen maar

mooie auto maar gekke ogen

vooruit dan maar

 

dit is een man die nog geloofd in echte liefde

in liefde die je pas voelt als je voor zijn boekenkast staat

als je ziet welke tekst hij in alle boeken heeft geschreven:

 

dit boek is van mij

maar ook van jou 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

there is so much more to tell

if you like to have more information

you are welcome to get in touch

 

enjoy the rest of the tour

in the museum