Main Kunstenaars

Main Kunstenaars

Oisterwijk, Noord Brabant, Netherlands

About Main Kunstenaars

‘Why being creative works best when working together - The power of two.’
There they are, in their studio, covered by aprons and welding jackets, welding masks, welder’s goggles and earmuffs, bending over steel.

Particles of dust and sparks of light everywhere. The cold, hard, raw and rigid material is being transformed into a form, a sculpture. When ready it’s not just a sculpture hanging on the wall.

It comes towards you, supported by the ever-changing play of shadow and light.
Here they are creating, thinking, discussing, adjusting, cursing, sawing, laughing, welding and wondering. Their sense of humour is ever-present.

Small pieces of steel get connected to become a story, a figure, a sculpture, a portrait. Sometimes commissioned, sometimes free form.

For them, every work is a new opportunity to rediscover the material, to find new techniques and different angles. Always exploring new possibilities, based on not knowing, never playing safe.

Ien Sluyters (1973) and Marjon Deul (1966) are artist duo Mainkunstenaars. Both educated at the Art Academy in Arendonk (Belgium). During their education they learned that there is power in their collaboration and partnership. They discovered the power of the pair. They create sculptures (of steel or clay) and assembled art. Their work is displayed in several galleries.

Commissioned by Airco Caravan, they created a little statue of Martin Luther King. This statue was presented to different organisations and people who have put slavery firmly on the international agenda.

At this moment, the statue can be viewed in the National Civil Rights Museum at Lorraine Motel (where King was murdered), the Studio Museum Harlem and the Nobel Museum Stockholm. In Amsterdam there is a statue at the Mauritshuis, Tropenmuseum, Martin Luther King Park, Amsterdam museum, VU University and the Mayor’s Residence.

Adriaan van Dis, John Lewis, Angela Davis, Nasrdin Dchar, Jerry Afriyie, Humberto Tan and many more have received the statue of Martin Luther King.

Besides feeling honoured and appreciated being asked to create this statue, it’s an expression of their social and cultural involvement. It shows how much it’s entangled in their life and work and it goes beyond their niche and clients.

Education

Academy of Fine Arts Belgium

Exhibitions

Collections

Tweede Kamer – Den Haag
OBA – Amsterdam
Museum van Loon – Amsterdam
Nobel Museum – Stockholm
National Cilvil Rights Museum – Memphis USA
CBK Zuidoost – Amsterdam
Rob Scholte museum – Den Helder
Gemeentehuis – Oisterwijk
Gemeentehuis – Hilvarenbeek
Tropenmuseum – Amsterdam
Martin Luther King Park – Amsterdam
River Side Church – New York City
Burgemeesterswoning Herengracht – Amsterdam
Universiteit van Amsterdam – Amsterdam

Exposities

2019

Art Laren | De Hofgalerie | De Brink | 14 – 15 – 16 june
De Hofgalerie | Annastraat 3 | Den Haag | Present
ZomerExpo Museum De Fundatie | ’t Nijenhuis | Wijhe | 25 May – 1 Sept.
Galerie De Ruimte | Expo 27 | Geldrop | 31 May – 21 July
Art Breda | GrachtenGalerie | 12 May – 19 May
Kunst & Co | Amstelveen | Present
Santé, kunst op haar gezondheid | NS16 | Tilburg | 16 March
First Art Fair | Passengers Terminal Amsterdam | 16-20 Januari
Galerie Mi | Bilthoven | Present
Galerie De Hollandsche Maagd | Gouda | 17 Jan – 22 February
The Arts | Orthenstraat 39 | DenBosch | Present
Beeldentemmers | Fabriekstraat 68 | Budel | Present
Luna Art | Klaasstraat 39 | Venlo | Present
Aloyserie Art | Zoetelaarpasage 38 | Almere
Amersfoort Art Galerie | Prinses Julianaplein 66 | Present
Galerie Perles de Pluie Rue Léopold Bellan | Parijs | Present
Art Gallery | De Huufkes 43 | Nuenen | Present
Grachtengalerie | Oudegracht 185 | Utrecht | Present
ArtShop de Salon | Wolvenstraat 13 | Amsterdam | Present
Van Gogh Church | Etten-Leur | Present
Galerie Contrast | Besterdring 46 | Tilburg | Present
Hutspot | van Woustraat 1 | Amsterdam | Present

2018

Aloyserie Art | Zoetelaarpasage 38 | Almere | Heden
Amersfoort Art Galerie | Prinses Julianaplein 66 | Heden
Galerie Mi | Beethovenlaan 13 | Bilthoven | Heden
Affordable Art Fair | Amsterdam | 1-4 november | Stand GrachtenGalerie
Lowlands PakjeKunst Museum | Biddinghuizen | 17,18 en 19 augustus
Galerie Perles de Pluie Rue Léopold Bellan | Parijs | Heden
She Art Gallery | De Huufkes 43 | Nuenen | Heden
Art Pop-Up | Almijstraat 14 | Oisterwijk | Heden
Grachtengalerie | Oudegracht 185 | Utrecht | Heden
LuiLui | Kruisstraat| Denbosch | Heden
ArtShop de Salon | Wolvenstraat 13 | Amsterdam | Heden
Van Gogh kerk | Etten-Leur | Heden
SaV/Fe | Fort Sabina | Heiningen | 14/15 en 21/22 april
Progress | Galerie Tuur | Venlo | 3 maart t/m 3 juni

2017

De Oriënt | Pulchri Studio | Den Haag | 11 nov t/m 13 dec 2017
Art Pop-Up | Almijstraat 14 | Oisterwijk | Heden
Grachtengalerie | Oudegracht 185 | Utrecht | Heden
Galerie Contrast | Besterdring 46 | Tilburg | Heden
ArtShop de Salon | Wolvenstraat 13 | Amsterdam | Heden
Van Gogh kerk | Etten-Leur | jan 2016 – jan 2018
Galerie Contrast | Besterdring 46 | Tilburg | jan – maart 2017
Elizabeth Ziekenhuis | Tilburg | maart 2017
Nasty Women Amsterdam | Josilda da Conceicao Gallery | 4 maart – 12 maart 2017
Grachtengalerie | Oudegracht 185 | Utrecht | 18 maart t/m 14 mei 2017
VondelCS | Vondelpark 3 | Amsterdam | 13 t/m 19 maart 2017
Huis van Strijdhoven | Oisterwijk | juni t/m sept. 2017
Tarmax Kunstenfestival | Meerhout | Belgie | 23 sept t/m 8 okt 2017
Pakje Kunst | Bank 15 | Tilburg | 23 sept t/m 29 sept 2017
AAF | Kromhouthal | Amsterdam | 2 t/m 5 nov 2017


2016
Afstudeer expositie | Academie Schone kunsten | Arendonk Belgie
Art Pop-up | Almijstraat 14 | Oisterwijk
Vincent's Revival | Van Gogh kerk | Etten-Leur

2015
Art Square Amsterdam | Museumplein | Amsterdam
Art Pop-Up | Almijstraat 14 | Oisterwijk
Vincent's Revival | Van Gogh kerk | Etten-Leur

2014
Main één | Atelier Main | Oisterwijk
Kunst.Oisterwijk | Leerfabriek | Oisterwijk
Galerie Tuur | Expositie '40×40' | Venlo
Van Gogh Leeft! | Etten-Leur
Vincent's Revival | Van Gogh kerk | Etten-Leur