Martine Johanna

2018 May 26 - Jun 16

Between Heaven and Hell

First Solo exhibition @ KochxBos Gallery Amsterdam.


'Heaven and Hell'
Acrylic on Belgium Linen
72 x 49 inch (183 x 124,5cm)

Martine Johanna


Martine Johanna is an artist mostly known for her vivid paintings with both figurative and abstract elements. Her autobiographic works, seemingly light hearted, explore the duality between youthful naivety and anxiety-riddled adulthood. The often female figures, fierce but fragile, crowd the compositions and occupy the majority of the space gazing distractedly into the beyond. Each of the delicately rendered figures convey a sense of full immersion within their own “internal psychic landscape.”

The work is imbued with a mysterious narrative and sensation of knowing that each character in the work has a full and complex history that the viewer can never fully comprehend. The paintings have a signature prismatic palette, visually stimulating and playful while expressing an underlying sense of uncertainty and unrest. Martine Johanna has had international success exhibiting extensively in the Netherlands and abroad. A background in fashion design has influenced her depiction and ease with the female figure. Inspiration for her work include a mixture of childhood and autobiographical memories and experiences, documentaries on human nature, independent films and history. Martine Johanna lives and works in Amsterdam, Netherlands.