Artist Profile
Imaginary Realism

Dutch artist Martin Veldhuis (operating under his artist’s pseudonym MARVELLI) was born in 1947. Ever since he was a kid he was making sketches and drawings. The first hesitant steps on the artistic path began when, at the age of eight, he inherited the field painting kit, containing some worn brushes and nearly squeezed-out oil colour tubes, from his granddad who was a respectable hobby-painter.

But it would be long before he would embark on his real artistic adventure. After graduating in civil engineering Martin worked on various assignments worldwide and at a later stage developed into a successful international entrepreneur. His busy life left little room for painting. But the urge to create kept lingering and once he had sold his companies in 2010 he finally got the time and opportunity to fully devote himself to the arts and become a fulltime visual artist. He never received any professional training or education in arts and had to develop his skills in a purely autodidactic manner. Meanwhile Martin’s work has shown to be much appreciated during many national and international exhibitions.

“Logic will take you from A to B, imagination will bring you everywhere”

∼ Albert Einstein ∼

His paintings are mysterious. Martin exclusively paints with oil on panel. His work falls under the category magical realism and is characterized by a figurative presentation of an event that in the real world is hardly possible or not possible at all. And often with an undertone of humor under the motto “art with a smile”. Art does not always have to be so serious or abstruse. Mostly the pictures represent a snapshot of an event of which it is uncertain how it came about or how it will end. This is left to the imagination of the spectator.

Sometimes the image interacts with the panel and may even extend beyond the frame, painted in trompe l’oeil. The panel is then cut to the required shape. When reproduced as HD Finish prints on aluminum the image is lasered-out exactly to the shape of the image.

Painting Time For a Change, by Mavelli Painting Bull fight, by Mavelli Painting Woodworm, by Mavelli Painting The family portrait, by Mavelli Painting Chanting their prayers, by Mavelli Painting Will it fit, by Mavelli Painting Balloontrip, by Mavelli Painting Coupe Soleil, by Mavelli

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