A Fulltime Painter and Printmaker

Marja van Kampen was born in The Netherlands. She is a full-time painter and printmaker, receiving her degrees for Painting, Printmaking and Art History from the Akademie voor Beeldende Kunsten in Arnhem, The Netherlands, in 1972. Having practiced her art there for a number of years Marja travelled through Europe and settled for a while in the South of France before moving to Ireland permanently in 1982.

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Untitled by Marja Van Kampen

Untitled by Marja Van Kampen

Co-Founder of Artspace Studios

She is a co-founder of Artspace Studios, Galway and was a driving force in its development, before setting up her own studio. Her work has appeared in numerous group exhibitions in Ireland, Europe, USA and as far as China. Recently she exhibited at the Affordable Art Fair, London. Solo shows include a National Touring Exhibition, Galway Arts Festival, Worpswede, Germany, Norman Villa Gallery, Galway, Tulca Visual Arts Festival, Galway, The Kenny Art Gallery, Galway.

Her work is in many public collections including The Arts Council of Ireland, The Department of the Taoiseach, Office of Public Works, Microsoft Irish Art Collection. Some of her very large paintings are in the Radisson SAS Hotel Collection and the University College Hospital Galway Collection.

She is the recipient of several Awards, the most recent a Travel Award from the Arts Council to study American expressionistic painters in New York.

Solo Exhibitions (selected)

  • Inspired, Presentation Centre, Enniscorthy, 2014
  • Eigse Arts Festival, Carlow, 2013
  • Pop-Up Gallery, Volvo Ocea,n Race, Galway, 2012
  • Of the Essence, Kenny Art Gallery, Galway, 2009
  • Tulca Visual Arts Festival, University Hospital, Galway, 2005
  • Imago, Norman Villa Gallery, Galway, 2005
  • Inscapes, Touring Exhibition, Ireland, 2002
  • Atlantic Art, Clifden, 2002
  • The Bridge Gallery, Dublin, 2 person show, 2000
  • Spirit of Place, Touring Exhibition, Ireland, 1999
  • TranslucenetX, installation with Dick Donaghue, Galway Arts Festival, 1997
  • Centre D’Art Azilien, Le Mas D’Azil, France, 1995
  • Galway Arts Festival, Galway, 1991
  • The Arts Council Exhibition Space, Dublin, 1991
  • Philine-Vogeler Haus, Worpswede, Germany, 1990
  • Island, Royal Hospital Kilmainham,Dublin, Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford, 1987

Recent Group Exhibitions

  • Peregrinations, Pigyard Gallery, Wexford, 2014
  • Strumpet City, Graphic Studio Gallery, Dublin, 2013
  • Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead, London, 2012
  • RDS Art Fair, Dublin, 2010
  • Art in Action, Towney Hall, Slane, 2009
  • Central Bank, Dublin, 2008
  • Artspace Studios 21, Galway Arts Festival, 2007
  • X4, Kenny Art Gallery, Galway, 2006
  • Art Ireland, RDS, Dublin, 2005
  • 6×6 for Ireland Showcase, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing, China, 2005
  • Galway á Lorient, Municipal Gallery, Lorient, France, 2004
  • Impressions Print Exhibition, Galway Arts Centre, 2004
  • 4 Persons Show, The Bridge Gallery, Dublin, 2004
  • Impressions, The Art of the State, Touring Exhibition, 2003
  • Cuallacht, The Galway International Art Project, City Hall Galway, 2002
  • Iontas, Sligo Art Gallery, Ormeau Bath Gallery, Belfast, Municipal Gallery, Cork, 2001
  • Nordjyllands Kunstmuseum, Aalborg, Denmark, 2000
  • Peppercanister Gallery, Dublin, 2000
  • 2 Person Show, The Bridge Gallery, Dublin, 2000
  • Meeting. Begegnung. Rencontre, Galway Arts Centre, 1999
  • 8th.,9th., and 10th Microsoft Art Exhibition, Dublin, 1999
  • Gateway to Art, Aer Rianta Arts Festival, Dublin Airport, 1998
  • Rencontre. Meeting. Begegnung, Municipal Gallery, Lorient, France, 1998
  • Lorient Airport, Lorient, France, 1998


  • Arts Council Travel Award for New York Project, 2008
  • Galway City Council Travel Award to participate in Aalborg Triennale 2000, Denmark, 2000
  • Several Arts Council of Ireland Awards and Arts Council/ Aer Lingus Art Flights. 1987-1998
  • Department of Foreign Affairs Travel Award for solo exhibition in France, 1995
  • DAAD Scholarship for a 6 month residency in Atelierhaus Worpswede, Germany, 1990


  • The Arts Council of Ireland Collection
  • The State Art Collection
  • Department of the Taoiseach
  • Microsoft Irish Art Collection
  • Irish Trade Board
  • Office of Public Works
  • Western Health Board
  • Mayo County Council
  • Aalborg City Council, Denmark
  • Radisson Sas Hotel, Galway
  • Institute of Technology,Tallaght, Dublin and Dundalk
  • Allied Irish Bank, Dublin,
  • Crumlins Childrens Hospital,Dublin
  • University College Hospital, Galway
  • Jurys Inn, Newcastle,UK
  • ITT, Tralee

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