Close Encounters

In August 2021 a lot of these works were shown in the Kruitberg Galerie in Amsterdam Bijlmer in
a solo exhibition

Painting as a conceptual language

From the start as a painter, I’ve been investigating my position as a female artist.
I look at art history as a network, where I am the spider weaving new connections between the worldwide available images and styles in an associative manner. I am drifting from fundamental art to wild painting, from fine detailed parts to rough surfaces.
By using all kind of materials and content matter, I combine what I want and find in my appropriate way with a wide range of painterly languages.

Marja van Putten, 2019

ENCOUNTERS & Interventions 2015/2020

In 2015  I started a series of works in which I fantasized that people we know from paintings or history meet each other in (a sometimes intimate) relationship regardless of time and place. It started with Milkmaid who visited Japan and met Michiel de Ruyter or a black African King met Venus of the painting Botticelli. This lead to a second serie, Interventions.


In the series Interventions I look back at some old master paintings or old photographs from a 21th century point of view. I painted mostly women (in art). 

Cranach emojied, a parallel between Cranach’s painting and an emoji made on the phone, 130 x 155 cm, 2019