Project Description


Born in Rotterdam in 1945, Netherlands, Marcelle Hanselaar is currently based in London. Although she studied briefly at the Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, Hanselaar is a mostly self-taught artist whose work often explores the hidden desires and suppressed impulses of civil society.

Hanselaar’s paintings and prints have been exhibited at and form part of the collections of many important public institutions and museums around the world, including the British Museum, London; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Whitworth Art Museum, Manchester; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, England;, Kunstcollectie Gemeente Haaksbergen, Netherlands; University of Cambridge, England; University of Aberystwyth, Wales; University of Arizona, USA; Sakimi Art Museum, Japan; Guangdong Fine Art Museum, China.

“In the darkly wondrous worlds of Marcelle Hanselaar, the drama of human existence – with its pathos and absurdity, its terrors and passions – is staged with an intensity and fringed with a mystery that propels it towards the sphere of the mythic. Primal dimensions of the human condition – desire, mourning, fear, solitude, belief – are refracted through the dynamics between self and other, individual and socius, dream and the waking state. Beyond definite time or place, these suspended image realms conjure states of being that transcend cultures and epochs.”                                                                                                                                                                                 Kamini Vellodi


Selected Exhibitions

  • 2023 Gallery & Invited Artists, Hillsboro Fine Art, Dublin
  • 2017 Dreamcatchers, de Queeste Art, Belgium
  • 2016 Drawing the Line, Julian Page Fine Art, London
  • 2014 Wondrous World of an Introvert, de Queeste Art, Belgium
  • 2013 Walking the Line, Kings Place Gallery, London
  • 2012 Auerbach & Hanselaar: Graphic Works, Quest 21, Brussels
  • 2011 Mama mama, the bear is loose, Quest 21, Brussels
  • 2009 Back to Basics, SNAP Gallery, Edmonton, Canada
  • 2008 The Weight of Smoke, Galerie de Buytensael, Arnhem, Netherlands
  • 2008 Down the Rabbithole, University of Aberystwyth, Wales
  • 2006 La Petite Mort, Stephanie Burns Fine Art, Canberra, Australia
  • 2003 You said you loved me, RM Art, Essen, Germany
  • 2004 Silence is Easy, de Queeste Art, Belgium
  • 2000 Crossing Borders, Gallery at Royal Crescent, Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1999 Close to the Bone, New Hall, University of Cambridge
  • 1988 Galerie Reisel, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 1986 Art Space Gallery, London
  • 1983 Clare Hall, University of Cambridge
  • 1982 Stedelijk Museum, Netherlands