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Marjolyn Vanderhart

Artist member since 2018
Toronto, Ontario

How do we create our identity? It is this interest that keeps Marjolyn coming back to classic films, vintage advertising and old photos for inspiration. By looking at these images, she reinvents them into art that reminds you of another time but also tells a bit about our world today.

Marjolyn creates work by layering images over a collage of tissue papers and wallpapers. She digitally alters the images. This initial underpainting creates beautiful layers of paper and makes the images recede visually. The images are then introduced with acrylic paint and gel transfers.

Once completed, the pieces maybe transformed into digital prints on acrylic glass or kept on board. To see a full inventory of prints see her online store at www.memoryartgirl.com


Inside the Studio


Q+A

What places do you hang out in Toronto?

I hang out on the lake when I'm not painting. I am a sailor, a racer and a lover of looking at the city from my Lake Ontario. Yep- I consider it to be my lake.

Favourite musical artist / band right now

Lately I have been watching classic films. The best, in my opinion, is Breakfast At Tiffany's with Audrey Hepburn. An inspiration for my art and my life!

When I'm not making art, I'm (a) ...

When I'm not making art I travel to sell my art. I have participated in over 400 art fairs throughout the United States. My art has taken me to California, New York, Texas and many other places where people buy and enjoy art.

Why is it important for people to have art in their home or life?

For many of us, life can be demanding and a bit depressing. If you have empty walls in your home, then you are missing the opportunity to inspire and create an escape from the daily grind. Art in your home keeps you going and reminds you that life is bigger than the everyday demands.

How long have you been creating art?

I have been making, and selling my art for about two decades. I have been educated in NYC at Parson School of Art and in Florida at Ringling School of Art. Most importantly I was educated first at Carleton University in Canada where I learned how Art and media can effect us. It is this basis upon which all my work is created.

Favourite medium

I have been a painter for most of my career. However, in the last few years, I started to use found materials such as wallpaper and other found nostalgic images to incorporate into my paintings. The reason? To create a sense of memory- to trigger your view of my work into another time and place. The depth of the stories are enhanced with these images and makes my work so much more relevant to todays ephemeral world of disposable images.

Upcoming Exhibitions
Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Toronto
TOAF

Art in the High Desert

Bend, Oregon
Art Festival

Art in the Pearl

Portland, Oregon
Art Festival

Select Past Exhibitions
2017

Blue Crow Gallery
Escape

2017

Wall Space Gallery
Collection

2018

Blue Crow Gallery
Stories from my Backyard

Accolades
2012

Ontario Arts Council
Travel Grant

2019

La Quinte Arts Festival
Best in Show

Press
2009

HGTV
Samantha Pynn Show

Education
1995

Ringling School of Art
Fine Arts

1993

Parson School of Art; NYC
Fine Arts

1988

Carleton University
Mass Comm

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