Maartje Prevosth (Waddinxveen, 1981) began creating art at an early age. After imitating her big sister’s drawings at the age of two, it was time for her own work. From 1990 till 1995 Maartje was a student of sculptor Josiah Onemu in Waddinxveen, which led to several sculptures. After finishing high school (VWO) she enrolled at the Royal Art Academy in The Hague. After being educated as an independant artist she decided to study Psychology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, where she got her Master’s degree as Biological and Cognitive Psychologist in 2006. This study turned out to be a great source of inspiration for new paintings, which resulted in following a master class in Amsterdam given by artist Robert Webster in 2005 and 2006. The emphasis in that master class was on painting from perception using techniques of the old masters of art like Rembrandt.
Maartje Prevosth: “Processes of the human brain are incredibly fascinating. Our perception, how we give meaning to things and how we make things logical are all consequences of these processes. The more I got to know about these processes, the more mysterious the fact of our existence seemed to me. Reality seems further away than I imagined. In our heads we transform everything and we usually think in little patterns. In my paintings I like to deal with these processes in a slightly ironic way by breaking through some patterns, breaking through ideas that seem self-evident or by shifting some accents. Besides my fascination for the brain, nature is an important inspiration for my paintings as well. I enjoy putting forms (simple and complex ones) and colours from nature on canvas.”