Martine Johanna is a Dutch painter mostly known for her acrylic paintings on linen and wooden panels. Her works are hyper-saturated, seemingly light, but explore the duality between youthful naivety and anxiety-riddled adulthood. Female figures, fierce but fragile, often crowd the compositions and occupy the majority of the space gazing distractedly into the beyond. Making the viewer a voyeuristic part of the work. The paintings are visually stimulating and cheeky while expressing an underlying sense of uncertainty and unrest. Martine Johanna lives and works in Amsterdam.
I use to draw a lot a couple of years back, and did only seldom paint. The quality did not develop then, however when I decided to invest more time and effort into painting I found out I could actually express myself much better because of the addition of material and color.
I’m a Dutch painter mostly known for my acrylic paintings on linen and wooden panels. The works I make are hyper-saturated, seemingly light, but explore the duality between youthful naivety and anxiety-riddled adulthood. The alternation between figurative and abstract influences gives it an interesting tension for most people that are drawn to my work.
3. Do you have some special ideas that you would like to do?
Lot’s but I’m not going to share that ;)
4. We noticed that your works are mostly paintings of female figures, who are they? What inspires you to do so?
My models are friends and people I know and admire or find interesting, sometimes though I mess up the faces and mix up features that then start to resemble imaginary people or real ones. I do that sometimes when I have dreamt something strange like film stills of a mix of images I’ve seen that I try to catch on canvas.