Photo: Marcelle Hanselaar in London

Marcelle Hanselaar

Artist, Writer

Concepts The notion of a parallel universe, of what goes on beneath our pleasing and pleasant appearance is a constant theme in both my oil painting and in my etchings. My etchings are closely related to my late night doodle drawing and portray secret fantasies or fiery desires with a clearly erotic tone, which I also continue in some small oils. I also paint bigger, single figure 'psychological' portraits often referring to classical portraiture by Rubens or Titian. This contemporary and personal response to classical painting is a recurring source of inspiration and subject matter for me. In painting as in etching I work out similar ideas 'The erotic and hidden aspect both in social mores as in intimate relationships both seen from a female perspective is an issue which appears. The hypocrisy of our social space which gives us a veneer of liberation yet does not cover our awareness of innate savagery. Influences Own gender (Female), fantasy, angst, irony, cultural identity (North European) Dutch and German painting, artist book making, portraiture. Historical references to Baroque (17th C), European painting especially Rubens, Titian, Velasquez, portraiture painting plus the moderns like Max Beckman, Marlene Dumas, Louise Bourgeois, for etching Goya. Career path The Royal Academy of Fine Art, The Hague, Holland B-Tech printmaking, Kensington & Chelsea College, London In oil painting I am self taught. Member of London Group since 2004 Awards 2012 Statutory Awards of MTG - Krakow International Print Triennial 2012 Guangdong Museum Purchase Prize, Qijiang, PR of China 2011 Shortlisted for and acquired by the Ruth Borchard Self portrait Collection Birgit Skjold Prize for Pillowbook of Endless nights, acquired by V&A National Art Library First prize, Tabernacle Art competition, MOMA, Wales 2010 Guangdong Museum Purchase Prize, Qijiang, PR of China 2008 Residency Frans Masereel Center, Belgium 2006 Aberystwyth, University of Wales Purchase Prize, Originals 06, London 2003 Presse Papier Award, Biennale Int. d'estampe Contemporaine de Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada

Location London
Activities Lecturing, Workshops, Private commissions, Creative writing, Curating
Artforms / type of project Book Works, Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking

News & Events

  • From David Bomberg to Paula Rego, ?The London Group in Southampton?

    11/07/2014 – 18/10/2014
    Southampton City Art Gallery, Civic Centre, Commercial Road, Southampton, SO14 7LP

    Southampton City Art Galleryโ€™s vast collection of historical London Group artworks which will be displayed alongside contemporary works by current members

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  • Why War

    06/08/2014 – 19/10/2014
    Freud Museum, 20 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX

    Historical exhibition supported by the East London Print makers

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  • International print biennial 2014

    My series of prints White collar black man has won the Clifford Chance Purchase Award. and been shortlisted for the Printmaking Today Prize.