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My work is centered around silence and solitude.

Initially, I created abstract compositions, using various media including etching, drawing and collage. Over the years, I integrated elongated figures who became key elements in my work.

Weathered walls often feature as the background of these figures, always leaving open gaps, inviting the viewer to look beyond their initial impression. I create these walls through different layers of paper, acrylics and oilpaint, hiding carefully chosen textmessages in between.

My palette is intentionally restrained; I want to create an atmosphere in my work, and too many bright colors would generate a language that is not useful to me.

My current paintings feature either extremely elongated, or minuscule naked figures, depicting my reflection on the human condition in its pure essence. The juxtaposition of these opposite, seemingly fragile figures within empty spaces - away from any unnecessary adornments - confirms my statement.


Marleen Pauwels

Paintings

Biography

Marleen Pauwels (° 1959, Dendermonde, Belgium) studied Life Drawing at the Constantin Meunier Art School in Brussels, Graphic Design at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Dendermonde and Etching at the Academy of Fine Arts in Aalst.

In 2001 she started travelling through Spain and eventually settled in a small mountain village near Ronda, Andalusia, where she currently has her studio.

Pauwels has had both solo and group shows at museums, galleries, artist-run spaces and art fairs in Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Spain.

Her artwork has been awarded and published internationally and can be found in private, public and corporate collections throughout the world.


Exhibitions

2019: Art centre - Olvera - Cádiz - Spain

2018: Museum 'La Cilla' - Olvera - Cádiz ⁻ Spain

2013: Convento de Santo Domingo - Ronda - Málaga - Spain

2012: Gallery De Bekoring - Wijk bij Duurstede - The Netherlands

2012: Gallery Moeëjen Daag - Tegelen - The Netherlands

2011: Gallery Sous-terre - Aalsmeer - The Netherlands

2010: Gallery Sous-terre - Aalsmeer - The Netherlands

2010: National exhibition of contemporary art - Rota - Cádiz - Spain

2010: National painting exhibition - Terras de Iria - Padron - Galicia - Spain

2009: Art centre - De Gaandery - Aalst - Belgium

2008: Art centre - Tinglado 4 - Tarragona - Cataluña - Spain

2008: Contemporary Art Fair - Jaen - Andalucia - Spain

2007: Open studio - Siurana - Cataluña - Spain

2007: Townhall of Prades - Cataluña - Spain

2006: Gallery Báculo - Madrid - Spain

2006: Townhall of Cornudella - Cataluña - Spain

2006: National painting exhibition - Jaen - Andalucia - Spain

2006: Painting Biennale - Agreda - Castilla y Leon - Spain

2006: National painting exhibition - Granollers - Cataluña - spain

2006: National painting exhibition - Crevillent - Valencia - Spain

2006: International painting exhibition - Lerida - Cataluña - Spain

2005: International painting exhibition “Ceferino Olivé” - Reus - Cataluña - Spain

2005: National painting exhibition - Cambrils - Cataluña - Spain

2004: Museum of la Generalitat de Cataluña - Tarragona - Cataluña - Spain

2003: Museum “La Abadia” Siurana - Cataluña - Spain

2003: Gallery Antonin Piñol - Reus - Cataluña - Spain

2002: Art centre - De Gaanderij - Aalst - Belgium

2002: Museum “De Bres” Ruisbroek - Belgium

2001: Open studio - Dendermonde - Belgium

2001: Art centre - Stroming - Berlare - Belgium

2001: Graphic Art Salon - Maastricht - The Netherlands

2001: Graphic Art Salon Genk - Belgium

2001: Art Biennale - Dendermonde - Belgium

2000: Art centre - De Werf - Aalst - Belgium

2000: Open studio - Dendermonde - Belgium

2000: Art Museum Klosterhof - Engelenberg - Switzerland

1997: Art Museum Blauwendaal - Waasmunster - Belgium

1999: Gallery - Architect Geert De Ridder - Aalst - Belgium

1995: Gallery Affiori - St-Niklaas - Belgium

1995: Hotel-Gallery Laurierblad - Berlare - Belgium

1996: Gallery Espace Senghor - Brussels - Belgium


Awards

2017: Shortlisted for Rise Art prize - London - United Kingdom

2010: Finalist in National Painting Contest - Terras de Iria - Padron -Galicia - Spain

2010: Selected in the Contemporary Art Contest - Rota - Cádiz - Spain

2009: Winner of the National Art Contest - Yuglo- Báculo - Madrid - Spain

2009: Finalist in the National Painting Contest - Diario de Leon - Spain

2008: Winner of the National Painting Contest - Carta Puebla - Castilla la Mancha - Spain

2008: Finalist in National Painting Contest - La Carolina -Jaen - Spain

2006: Winner of the National Painting Contest - Roquetas - Cataluña - Spain

2006: Second Prize in the VII National painting Contest - Agreda - Castilla y Leon - Spain

2006: Honorary Mention in the National Painting Contest - Lleida - Cataluña - Spain

2006: Finalist in the Painting Contest Paco Merino - Granollers - Cataluña - Spain

2006: Finalist in The National Art Contest of Torredembarra - Cataluña - Spain

2006: Finalist in the International Painting Contest - Crevillent - Valencia - Spain

2005: Finalist in the 25th National Painting Contest - Cambrils - Cataluña - Spain

2005: Finalist in the 4th Painting Contest - Ceferino Olivé - Reus - Cataluña - Spain

2003: Finalist in the 11th Contemporary Art Contest Telax - Reus - Cataluña - Spain

2001: Second Prize in the Graphic Art Salon - Genk - Belgium

1995: Finalist in the Palmares Renaissance - Brussels - Belgium

1989: Finalist in the Trienal Ado Baltus - Brussels - Belgium


Collections

Art fund - Junta de Andalucia - Ronda - Andalucia - Spain

Art fund - Generalitat de Catalunya - Spain

Art fund - Prades - Catalunya - Spain

Art fund - Roqueatas - Catalunya - Spain

Art fund - Agreda - Castilla Leon - Spain

Art fund - Migueltura - Castilla la Mancha - Spain


Publications

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