Martine Johanna’s Portraits Strike a Chord

Martine Johanna paints compelling women portraits that are perfectly (and deliberately) imperfect. “I don’t want them to fall flat or be just pretty,” she noted once, in an interview with The HYDE Magazine, “I want life in them and experiences because that is what makes people interesting.”

“Most of the characters are not airbrush perfect or standard but the color palette makes you feel that they are perfect, so any dark circles under the eyes or intense expressions do not feel negative,” she further explains.

Both personal and impersonal, her paintings are the products of dreams, personal experiences and personality conflicts between the authentic self, taught mannerism, and projected morality. It’s the kind of artwork that, though intimate and personal, touches on universal experiences. As such, her work, admits Johanna, strikes a chord with most viewers.

“Whatever the viewer feels I feel is completely up to them,” she says. “A lot of people feel a connection to these paintings and see something of themselves in them. And it is women and men that feel that connection.”

Born and raised in Gelderland, the Netherlands, Johanna has received both her Bachelor’s degree and her Master’s degree from ArtEZ, the Academy of Fine Arts in Arnhem; and her work has been exhibited in multiple solo shows in the Netherlands, Europe, and the United States.

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I’m back! And this is my piece for 'LAX / MSY' Curated by Thinkspace. The show takes place ‪August 10 – August 24‬ in New Orleans, Louisiana in the French Quarter. The Opening Reception takes place during Dirty Linen Night. Taking Place At: Red Truck Gallery ‪940 Royal Street‬ ‪New Orleans, Louisiana 70116‬ **In the heart of the French Quarter** Opening Reception: ‪Saturday, August 10 from 6-10PM‬ **Dirty Linen Night** On view ‪August 10 through August 24, 2019‬ Excited to exhibit in New Orleans for the first time ever Red Truck Gallery this coming August. Over 100 artists will be taking part in “LAX / MSY” in what will be the largest collection of artists from the New Contemporary Movement under one roof to date in the south. Thinkspace IG @thinkspace_art Red Truck IG @redtruckgallery #LAXMSY #ThinkspaceFamily #RedTruckGallery #neworleans #dirtylinennight ABCNT Abigail Goldman Adam Caldwell Ador Alex Garant Alex Yanes Alexandra Manukyan Allison Sommers Alvaro Naddeo Amy Sol Anthony Hurd Anthony Solano Baldur Helgason Benjamin Garcia Brad Woodfin Brian Mashburn Bryan Valenzuela Caratoes Carl Cashman Casey Weldon Chase Mullen Chloe Becky Collin Van Der Sluijs Craig ’Skibs’ Barker Crash One Cristian Blanxer Daniel Bildodeau Darcy Yates David Cooley David Rice Derek Gores Drew Young Edith Lebeau Eduardo F. Angel Eelus Egg Fiasco Ermsy Fafi Fernando Chamarelli Fumi Nakamura Hanna Lee Joshi Huntz Liu JC Rivera Jeremy Hush Joram Roukes Josie Morway Kathy Ager Kayla Mahaffey Kelogsloops Kelly Vivanco Kelsey Beckett Ken Nwadiogbu Kevin Peterson Kobusher Koz Dos Kyle Bryant Lauren YS Leon Keer Linsey Levendall Lisa King Logan Hicks Lonac Louis Masai Luke Chueh Mando Marie Marie-Claude Marquis Martin Whatson Martine Johanna Max Sansing McKenzie Fisk Meggs Molly Gruninger Nicola Caredda Nomad Clan Nosego Nuno Viegas Oak Oak Olga Esther The Perez Bros PREF Rachel Strum Ricky Watts Roos van der Vliet Ryan Malley Samuel Rodriguez Sean Chao Sepe Sergio Garcia Seth Armstrong Sickid Spenser Little Stephanie Buer Stikman Super A Superdeux Telmo Miel Terry Arena TMRWLND Troy Lovegates Wiley Wallace Woes Yok & Sheryo Yosuke Ueno Yusei Abe Zezão

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