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Frans & Kapma Foundation


There is so much marvellous art in this world. Art that wanders through
thoughts and the stories behind the thoughts. Here is a first impression
of art that fascinates us.

Discover the artists represented in the FRANS & KAPMA COLLECTION.

145. Paula Thies
146. Elli Slegten
147. Bep van Beek
148. Jan Homan
149. Annica Koot
150. Paul Hugo ten Hoopen
151. Gert Hendriksen
152. Dick Haakman
153. Jan van Kempen
154. Jetty Homan
155. W. Hüliam
156. Max Rädecker

'Connections', 1994
Oil on canvas, 90,3 x 80,4 cm,
Signed: lower left 'marieloes reek '94'
Marieloes Reek (1948)

What would the in Koog aan de Zaan born artist mean with this large, intriguing oil on canvas? Marieloes Reek is known as someone who makes delicate, serene portraits with mysterious, wonderfully adorned, theatrical heads. The viewer is gently, but irresistibly, attracted by those strange characters from a dream world, without revealing the secret or the intention. Everyone may have their own interpretation.

How do we see this work and what do we observe? We identify the person at the right as a woman, holding a bandaged, gagged man's head while her own arms are bound. The person next to her is undoubtedly a man who embraces a woman wrapped in bandages, while his arms have been swaddled. The person on the left - his buttocks look like a man's – looks at the scene, but cannot say or do anything. All characters on the canvas are intimately connected.

With the title 'Connections', the artist has lifted something from the veil, but leaves the further interpretation completely to the viewer. Does she perhaps want to express that spouses are connected to each other in such a way that both individuals are blocked in their individual communication, their own development and / or identity? Or does she advocate a society in which love and care for each other can be given a greater role? The painting continues to arouse what, apart from colours and composition, is the great strength of this artwork.

Marieloes Reek, who lives and works in Roosendaal, is educated at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam from 1972 to 1976, where she gets lessons from Herman Gordijn. Since 1996 she has been exhibiting frequently, both solo and in groups, at a large number of galleries, such as Art Works (Amsterdam), De Twee Pauwen (The Hague), Mondriaanhuis (Winterswijk), Beeldenstorm (Bosschenhoofd), Van Strien (Nieuw Amsterdam), Zinc (Bergen NH) and Zofier (Nieuweschoot). In 2010 she has a solo exhibition at the Zokyudo Gallery in Kyoto (Japan) for three weeks, selling six works. In 2011 she again has an exhibition in Japan, in the leading Fuji Gallery in Tokyo.

Marieloos Reek almost always paints people, especially heads with an enigmatic, imperturbable gaze against an empty background, where her palette shows many shades of blue and green, with occasional reds. The ever-present symbolism is fascinating.