Main Artistduo

Ien Sluyters & Marjon Deul

Ien Sluyters & Marjon Deul

‘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.

Collections

House of Representatives – The Hague
OBA – Amsterdam
Museum van Loon – Amsterdam
Nobel Museum – Stockholm
National Cilvil Rights Museum – Memphis USA
CBK Zuidoost – Amsterdam
Rob Scholte Museum – Den Helder
City Hall – Oisterwijk
City Hall – Hilvarenbeek
Tropenmuseum – Amsterdam
Martin Luther King Park – Amsterdam
River Side Church – New York City
Mayor’s Residence Herengracht – Amsterdam
University of Amsterdam – Amsterdam

Exhibitions

2020

The Art Fair | De Hofgalerie | Naarden | 23 Jan – 26 Jan

2019

Exclusive Privat Preview | De GrachtenGalerie | Gameren | 21 Sept
FINE | De GrachtenGalerie | Utrecht | 26 – 29 Sept.
Kunst 10-Daagse | De Hofgalerie | Bergen | 18 – 27 Oct.
Affordable Art Fair | De Hofgalerie | Amsterdam |31 Oct – 3 Nov.
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
Amersfoort Art Galerie | Prinses Julianaplein 66
Galerie Mi | Beethovenlaan 13 | Bilthoven
Affordable Art Fair | Amsterdam | 1-4 November | Stand GrachtenGalerie
Lowlands PakjeKunst Museum | Biddinghuizen | 17,18 en 19 August
Galerie Perles de Pluie Rue Léopold Bellan | Paris
She Art Gallery  | De Huufkes 43 | Nuenen
Art Pop-Up | Almijstraat 14 | Oisterwijk
Grachtengalerie | Oudegracht 185 | Utrecht
LuiLui | Kruisstraat| Denbosch
ArtShop de Salon | Wolvenstraat 13 | Amsterdam
Van Gogh Church | Etten-Leur
SaV/Fe | Fort Sabina | Heiningen | 14/15 – 21/22 April
Progress | Galerie Tuur | Venlo | 3 March – 3 June

2017

De Oriënt | Pulchri Studio | The Hague | 11 nov -13 dec 2017
Art Pop-Up | Almijstraat 14 | Oisterwijk
Grachtengalerie | Oudegracht 185 | Utrecht
Galerie Contrast | Besterdring 46 | Tilburg
ArtShop de Salon | Wolvenstraat 13 | Amsterdam
Van Gogh Church | 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 March – 12 March 2017
Grachtengalerie | Oudegracht 185 | Utrecht | 18 March -14 May 2017
VondelCS | Vondelpark 3 | Amsterdam | 13 – 19 March 2017
Huis van Strijdhoven | Oisterwijk | June – Sept. 2017
Tarmax Kunstenfestival | Meerhout | Belgie | 23 Sept – 8 Okt 2017
Pakje Kunst | Bank 15 | Tilburg | 23 sept – 29 Sept 2017
AAF | Kromhouthal | Amsterdam | 2 – 5 Nov 2017

2016

Graduation show | Academy of Fine Arts | Arendonk Belgium
Art Pop-up | Almijstraat 14 | Oisterwijk
Vincent’s Revival | Van Gogh Church | Etten-Leur

2015
Art Square Amsterdam | Museumsquare | Amsterdam
Art Pop-Up | Almijstraat 14 | Oisterwijk
Vincent’s Revival | Van Gogh Church | 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 Church | Etten-Leur