Marianne was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. She began her art education at the ‘Instituut voor Kunstnijverheidsonderwijs’, Amsterdam. She came to Dublin, Ireland in 1963 and enrolled for evening classes at NCAD, and in 1964 joined the Graphic Studio Dublin, where she did lithography and etching.
She exhibited with Group 65 in 1965 and 1966 and was a founder member of the Project Art Gallery on Lower Abbey Street in 1967. She received the ‘Young Irish Artists Award’ in 1965, when her son Niall was also born.
Heemskerk returned to Amsterdam in 1968 where she was accepted into the Scheme for artists, the BKR and with two other artists set up a women’s artists group called ‘Spie’ in 1988. She joined the Artists group ‘De Ploegh’ in 1993. Marianne has exhibited widely in Holland and Ireland over the years.
She moved to Co Mayo in 1997 and worked for three years with The Mayo Arts Squad. In 1998 a self portrait was commissioned by the National Self portrait Collection at the University of Limerick. Heemskerk completed the Art and Empowerment Facilitation training at the Crawford College in Cork in 2001. Marianne has been on several Artists residencies in Cill Rialaig, Co Kerry, Heinrich Boll cottage, Achill and the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Co Monaghan.
She now gives Art and Printmaking workshops at several Arts Centres around Co Mayo and works from her studio in Enniscrone, Co Sligo.
‘Trying to capture in print and paint,
the light, the weather, clouds rushing across the sky,
the ever changing colours and reflections,
living and working in the landscape, trying to capture in line and colour some of
the life going on day and night….
The cycle of life, dead birds blown in on the beach, seasons changing,
a secret life going on at night when badgers and foxes are about
and even my cat is part of another night world….’
Fish Still Life
Achill Evening Sky
Boats at Inishbofin 1
Mayo Windmills 3
The Sea, The Sea
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