Meet Marthijn de Groot

About

His art is an inseparable part of his personality and lifestyle. It provides a distillation of his life history. Each work refers to a stage in the life of the artist and his experiences.

From a life which seemed doomed to be played out in the shadows or darkness, the artist has struggled towards the light. His expressionistic style of painting reveals the urge to manifest itself. The unconsciousness becomes the center of his works. Figurative elements rise in a suggestive way from the colors and the form of the lines. Painting for him, is a spontaneous action, in which he integrates elements of his past and present life, as thoughts, experiences, exchanges. Handwritten scripts, former drawings, child paintings, creatures half-human, half-animal make his paintings abstract-lyrical, strong and flamboyant color sets expressive and mystic. Painting is also orchestrating for Marthijn de Groot. How two dimensional the canvas may be, the artist knows how to create a lively spectacle, an overwhelming opera finale, an orgasm of paint, an apotheosis in which extremes meet.

Marthijn de Groot works as a ceramist as well. Therewith he can change his way of expression and realize three-dimensional drawings in sculptures. He does works, which he calls “walls”, ceramic bowls and abstract figures. Heaven and hell, light and dark, man and women, life and death, beauty and decay, absolute silence and terrifying screams come face to face. Painting is thinking and working in extremes.

Work

Painting as a distillation of his life history. Fragments of the tormented child’s spirit appear time and again in Marthijn de Groot’s world of perception. The child looking for protection is now an adult painter who wants to offer protection. Both elements appear in the paintings and the drawings, fighting for precedence or looking for a golden mean, resolution of conflicts, seeking harmony, balance and a new unity.

In his imagery Marthijn de Groot shows himself to be a passionate. Emotional involvement is in every fibre of his being. ‘I am a rebel rooted in love.’ He is artist, philosopher and lover with a sensitive, critical and social mind. His philosophy, honesty and conviction are the source of his work.

Studies

  • Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam
  • Minerva Academy, Groningen
  • 1993 – Master Degree in Free Arts
  • 2001 – Master in Intercultural NLP, Institute of Social Engineering Hulshorst

Books

  • 2019 – The white book - Marthijn 50 years
  • 2010 – Autumn in New York
  • 2007 – Rare Kwasten, Publique, Emmen
  • 2006 – Lekker Schilderen, Tirion
  • 1998 – Richting Licht, NMP, Amsterdam

Exhibitions

  • 2021 – Contrast - The Living Gallery, IJsselstein, NL
  • 2021 – Beeldentuin Het Zwarte Gat, Oostvoorne, NL
  • 2017 – Thiessen Wijnkopers, Maastricht, NL
  • 2017 – Tefaf Lounge, Maastricht, NL
  • 2015 – Private Exhibition, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2013 – Retrospective 25 Years Artist, CBK Emmen, NL
  • 2011 – Château Les Merles, Tuilières, France
  • 2011 – Centre Des Arts Le Cariol, Naussannes, France
  • 2011 – Moulin de Larroque, Couze, France
  • 2010 – Galerie Walter, Bonn, Germany
  • 2009 – Gallery Centre des Arts Le Cariol, Naussannes, France
  • 2009 – Château Les Merles, Tuilières, France
  • 2008 – Château Les Merles, Tuilières, France
  • 2007 – CVITES, Emmen, NL
  • 2006 – Paleis Het Loo, Apeldoorn, NL
  • 2003 – Gallery de Omgeving, Borger, NL
  • 2001 – MCT Hilton Hotel, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2000 – Articoll Gallery, Hoogezand, NL
  • 2000 – Boys Toys, San Francisco, USA
  • 2000 – Foundation Beeldende Kunst, Community Veendam, NL
  • 1999 – Sam & Adele Golden Foundation, New York, USA
  • 1999 – Univé Insurance, Emmen, NL
  • 1999 – Artissimo, Apeldoorn, NL
  • 1999 – Gallery De Kamer, Emmen, NL
  • 1998 – Articoll Gallery, Hoogezand, NL
  • 1998 – Harry Denton’s Starlight Room, San Francisco, USA
  • 1997 – Kreishaus, Nordhorn, Germany
  • 1996 – Waterdrager, City Groningen, NL
  • 1996 – Community Partnerships, Amsterdam, NL
  • 1994 – Gallery Woppies Deel, Gramsbergen, NL
  • 1994 – Gallery Torch , Amsterdam, NL
  • 1994 – Hermitage Arts, Amsterdam, NL
  • 1994 – Hôtel de Ville, Neufchâteau, France
  • 1993 – Gallery Espace, Saint Ambroix, France
  • 1992 – Gallery Krabbedans, Eindhoven, NL
  • 1992 – Gallery Dijk 1, Alkmaar, NL
  • 1992 – Metro Gallery, Borger, NL
  • 1991 – Center of ceramics Rooyart, Venray, NL
  • 1991 – Bruggebouw, Community Emmen, NL
  • 1990 – Gallery Dijk 1 , Alkmaar, NL

Performances

  • 2019 – CD presentation with Michiel Borstlap
  • 2017 – In Vino Veritas UBS Bank, Maastricht, NL
  • 2016 – Rooftop Painting Adam Tower, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2016 – Art Performance with Michiel Borstlap, Tefaf, Maastricht, NL
  • 2013 – Music and Art Performance, CBK Emmen, NL
  • 2011 – Keynote MCT, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2010 – Central Park, New York, USA
  • 2009 – Art Performance with Michael Borstlap, Château Les Merles, France
  • 2008 – Art Performance, Centre des Arts Le Cariol, France
  • 2008 – Art Performance, Foundations Wings of Support KLM, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2008 – Art Performance, Marlise Colours, Shanghai, China
  • 2007 – Linescape for Souleyman, Foundation for refugees, NL
  • 2006 – Art Performance, Linescape for Rembrandt, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2005 – High Tea Performance with Frans Haks, NL
  • 2005 – Art Performance, Opera Inescape, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2000 – Art Performance Management Center Turkey, World Premiere Conference Painting, Turkey
  • 2000 – Boys Toys Performances, Broadway San Francisco, USA
  • 1999 – Starlight Performances at Harry Denton’s, San Francisco, USA
  • 1993 – IT performances, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2000 – Boys Toys, San Francisco, USA
  • 2000 – Foundation Beeldende Kunst, Community Veendam, NL
  • 1999 – Sam & Adele Golden Foundation, New York, USA
  • 1999 – Univé Insurance, Emmen, NL
  • 1999 – Artissimo, Apeldoorn, NL
  • 1999 – Gallery De Kamer, Emmen, NL
  • 1998 – Articoll Gallery, Hoogezand, NL
  • 1998 – Harry Denton’s Starlight Room, San Francisco, USA
  • 1997 – Kreishaus, Nordhorn, Germany
  • 1996 – Waterdrager, City Groningen, NL
  • 1996 – Community Partnerships, Amsterdam, NL
  • 1994 – Gallery Woppies Deel, Gramsbergen, NL
  • 1994 – Gallery Torch , Amsterdam, NL
  • 1994 – Hermitage Arts, Amsterdam, NL
  • 1994 – Hôtel de Ville, Neufchâteau, France
  • 1993 – Gallery Espace, Saint Ambroix, France
  • 1992 – Gallery Krabbedans, Eindhoven, NL
  • 1992 – Gallery Dijk 1, Alkmaar, NL
  • 1992 – Metro Gallery, Borger, NL
  • 1991 – Center of ceramics Rooyart, Venray, NL
  • 1991 – Bruggebouw, Community Emmen, NL
  • 1990 – Gallery Dijk 1 , Alkmaar, NL

Projects

  • 2018 – Recording piano album “The Compassion Suits"
  • 2018 – Interior Design Project EARTH, private house, Rotterdam
  • 2017 – Interior Design for Martin & Lewis, Amsterdam, NL
  • 2010 – NYC 2010, USA
  • 2008 – Creation of the Centre des Arts Le Cariol, France
  • 2007 – CVITES, Foundation Rare Kwasten - Artproject, Emmen, NL
  • 2006 – Orphan house project, Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 2005 – Diversity Project: Community of Rotterdam, with the paintings ‘People’, NL
  • 2004 – Homelessness art project in Nieuw Amsterdam, NL
  • 2000 – Talent Event: Community Rotterdam, with ‘Huge multimedia painting’, NL
  • 1997 – Art project in the Gaza Strip, on the invitation of the family Arafat/Fathi Arafat with Maya Wildevuur NPS/NOVA documentary, Palestina
  • 1997 – Tour de France drawing project on the invitation of NOS, France
  • 1997 – Art project ’The battle by Ane’ on invitation of art foundation Beeldenroute Het Vechtdal, NL
  • 1993 – Algardo, project with young people on invitation of Community of The Hague, Montauban, France
  • 1992 – The Butterfly Blues: Action Painting, St Blues & Jazz, Emmen, NL

Ateliers

  • 2019 - now – Atelier The Living Gallery, IJsselstein, NL
  • 2008 - 2019 – Atelier Centre des Arts Le Cariol, Naussannes, France
  • 2004/2007 – Atelier Marthijn de Groot Amsterdam, NL
  • 2000 – Atelier Hacienda, Monterey, USA
  • 1996/2000 – Atelier de Factory, Groningen, NL
  • 1993/1994 – Atelier Angelslo, Emmen, NL
  • 1993 – Life/work in Saint Ambroix, France
  • 1988/1993 – Atelier Zuidbarge, NL

Teachings

  • 2004 – ‘Ja-Maar’ program for communication Utrecht actor/trainer Gunster Traineeship, NL
  • 2002 – Keynote speaker / performance "The Inner Dialogue” at HR Conference, Istanbul, Turkey
  • 2000/2001 – Change Artist by STBC Amsterdam Soul to Business Consulting, NL
  • 2000 – Management Center, World Premiere Conference Painting, Turkey

Radio & TV

  • 2018 – Documentary Point Zero
  • 2018 – Documentary Tefaf Maastricht
  • 2013 – Documentary France 5, France Télévisions
  • 2006 – NOS Een Vandaag
  • 2006 – VPRO Villa Arena
  • 1997 – NOS ‘Art in the Gaza Strip’
  • 1997 – TV Noord ‘Open Atelier’
  • 1995 – RVU Performance with Martin Simek ’The suffering of the world’
  • 1993 – BRT Radio, The IT Performance’
  • 1993 – VPRO 'Achterwerk in de kast’
  • 1993 – AVRO Radio ’The battle of Hilversum’
  • 1993 – AVRO Radio ‘IT Documentaire'

Works purchased among

  • UBS Bank AG, Zürich, Switzerland
  • Klaus and Barbara Junker, collectors, Bremen, Germany
  • Aedes, Hilversum, NL
  • Blu Watches, Colombier, Switzerland
  • City Hall, Amsterdam, NL
  • City Hall, Emmen, NL
  • City Hall, Leiden, NL
  • City Hall, Rotterdam, NL
  • Colart, Rotterdam, NL
  • Dutch, Hilversum, NL
  • Just B., Amsterdam, NL
  • Koster Diamonds, Amsterdam, NL
  • KPN, Den Haag, NL
  • Kreishaus, Nordhorn, Germany
  • Mark & Barbara Golden, New York, USA
  • Mario Ridder, Rotterdam, NL
  • Marlise Colours, Shanghai, China
  • Martinair, Amsterdam, NL
  • MCT, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Michiel Borstlap, Amsterdam, NL
  • Montblanc, Amsterdam, NL
  • Nicole Lopez, Paris, France
  • Raymond Schneider International, Santa Cruz, USA
  • Rheintrans, Rotterdam, NL
  • Sam and Adele, Golden Foundation New York, USA
  • TEB Bank, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Univé, Emmen, NL
  • Wijzonol, Zwolle, NL
  • Wubbo Ockels, Amsterdam, NL
  • Xavier Roberts Collection Cleveland, USA