Artist Marjolein Kruijt

Biography

Marjolein Kruijt was born in 1976. She received her degree in arts from the Royal Art Academy in the Hague (1999) and her art teachers degree in Amsterdam, HvA (1997). Since then she works as full time artist in her studio in Amersfoort in the Netherlands, with much success. Marjolein is specialized in nature and animal art. Her personal development in the last twenty years, p.e. in animal communication and intuitive development, grows simultaneously in her art. Deepening her inspiration and connection with her subjects. Until 2014 Marjolein wrote articles for fourteen years for dutch art magazine Atelier. In that same period she made many pet portraits and murals in commission, and ‘free’ series of mystical landscape paintings. See archive. In 2001 Marjolein made her first television appearance on RTL4 (biggest dutch tv channel). Now, several tv appearances later, her artwork is greatly in demand since, finding her paintings in collections all over the world: in Oman, Sweden, Belgium, England, France, USA and Australia. Marjolein Kruijts art is regularly published in various (inter)national art-magazines. Also, Two books of her arts have been published, of which one is translated  into english. Each year an art-diary with new artwork is published. Available in the Netherlands and Belgium bookstores, and through our webshop.


Inspiration

Marjolein lives her passion for nature and animals from childhood. Portraiting them has always been a part of her development during her art college, painting en plein air on her travels, and painting in zoo’s. The connection with her subjects grow deeper with paintings she creates, along her intuitive growth. Working from the heart gives depth in her commissioned pet portraits, aiming beyond a photographic appearance of the animals. She never paints directly from reference material, because she beliefs each painting has to start of and grow from inspiration. Inspired my meeting animals in the wild or elsewhere, she creates ‘stories’ around them. Marjolein calls it her ‘philosophical pondering’. Some are told in the title of the paintings, others remain in the head of the artist, hoping it gives the painting a certain ‘mystique’ sense for the viewer to unravel. This way each painting tells it own unique story. Which brings the artwork beyond simple figuration of the animal. Other sources of inspiration she finds in the old knowledge of animal symbolism, her Celtic roots and going on mystical nature journeys. Working en plein air as much as possible.

'Lagotto Romagnolo puppy', 20x15 cm, pencil portrait (for sale)
Marjolein Kruijt painting en plein air in Devon, UK

Portraits: Marjolein is a dedicated petportraitist. Working in commission over 18 years. She feels honored to make such personalised paintings, getting so close to the hearts of her clients. Which animals get closer to us, than our dogs, cats, horses or any other pet? Many of Marjolein pet paintings are bought as a ‘living memory’, as her specialty is to bring life into each painting. Many of her customers experience that a part of their pet has come back. Which gives them much comfort. Marjolein finds it a loving and grateful profession.

Workshops: not often, but up to two times a year, Marjolein gives a workshop, masterclass or art-coachclass. If you wish to attain, contact her through the ‘contact’ button. Note: the workshops are in Amersfoort, The Netherlands.

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Marjolein Kruijt with: musical CATS, Mike Starink RTL4 on TV set Dier enzo!, Martin Gaus en wildlife artist Carl Brenders on her exhibitions.

Projects

2016 BOOK ‘Drawing and painting animals with expression‘ (part 1). Marjolein Kruijts first book is translated into english.

2016: BOOK ‘Dieren tekenen en schilderen met Marjolein Kruijt‘ (part 1) . goes into 5th print. This jubilee- edtion is partially rewritten, shows extra chapters and two new demonstrations. (‘transl. Painting and drawing Animals with expression‘-3rd print version)

2017 < 2011
: DIARY ‘natuur agenda Marjolein Kruijt’
This diary is published each year and is available in dutch and belgium bookstores. Of course also online in our webshop from sept. till jan.

2015: BOOK ‘Inspirerend dieren tekenen en schilderen‘ met Marjolein Kruijt (part2).’Painting and drawing Animals II’

2010: BOOK ‘Dieren tekenen en schilderen met Marjolein Kruijt‘ (part 1) . 5th print. (‘transl. Painting and drawing Animals with expression‘)

2007: Commissioned painting for the Sultan van Oman. The painting hangs in his new palace.
2007: A large catpainting by Marjolein, signed by the dutch cast of musical Cats, is auctioned in benefit for the Animal protection Soc.Amsterdam.

2006: until this year Marjolein has been ambassador for a dutch rescue a dog foundation. Together with Dutch Princess Irene van Lippe-Biesterveld and World champion horse rider Anky van Grunsven.

2005: TV  West (dutch) Show called “Vernis”. Marjolein talks about her vision on nature and works live on drawings of trees in a park.

2004: Dutch biggest catfood brand Gourmet Gold organised a contest. Marjolein Kruijt made 30 portraits for the winners.

2003:  TV (dutch)  RTL4  program “Dier enzo!”. Marjolein paints live a dog in pastel, a golden retriever of presenter Mike Starin.

2001:  TV (dutch)  RTL4  program ‘Spott’ by Viola Holt.
Marjolein demonstrates her mural making skills.