I spent my youth in Goedereede: a small town close to the coast. A major source of inspiration for my landscapes (of dunes) and seascapes. The scents, memories, colours of the seasons, briny and sweet…; it forms the source for my land- and/or seascapes.
In my other figurative or abstract work, these memories do not play such a role, but rather my great love for colour.

I grew up with love for colour and atmosphere.
The warmth of a colour, the tones and shades, and combinations between each other ravish me and give me the drive each day to shape my creativity.

Each time my work is very different in the end. The main challenge is to leave out the most recognisable. Only having the pure experience of shape and colour to remain is what I try to achieve, allowing imagination and fantasy to have no bounds: this puts more importance on ‘feeling’ rather than ‘recognizing’.

This makes a painting a story without words; an invitation to travel through landscapes; a reminder to footsteps; fantasising about an image; to imagine and to feel.

I am not trying to control my work: the process can take its course! I combine the numerous layers of paint with everything that is available: sand, soil, fabric, pigments, gypsum, etc.

The paint is scraped away to allow other layers to surface. My best paintings come into existence through mistakes underneath the top layer. The ‘accidents’ that originate from previous layers are used gratefully by me and help me to let go of a clearly defined image; to let it ‘happen’ rather than to ‘steer’. This remains a challenge until the end, because when is a canvas ‘finished’? Leonardo da Vinci put it very aptly with his famous quote:

“Art is never finished; only abandoned!”

Margo van Erkelens (1969)

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LXRY MAGAZINE 29 march 2020



NU Art & Design 2 october 2019

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Gallery Rembrandt 23 april 2019

Gallery Rembrandt

New cooperation

Gallery Rembrandt
Interview Villa d'Arte 2018 27 june 2018

Interview Villa d'Arte 2018

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DUTCH MAGAZINE 21 march 2018


Reportage Margo van Erkelens ART.
Uitgave April / Mei 2016

New collaboration House of Porters 14 march 2018

New collaboration House of Porters