This is me:

Marcel Straver

(alias Straverf)

I paint my own colored world, my interpretation of what I perceive. I do this in my signature style with short brush strokes. Sometimes I stay a bit closer to reality and sometimes I abstract more. The subjects usually remain recognizable and are always worked out with love for detail and structure. I work both autonomously and on assignment.

“Nature is everywhere, even between the tiles of your terrace...”

Prices

  • Royal Talens portrait painting competition 2020 – winner
  • Groene Hart Art Prize 2015 – 5th prize professional jury
  • Competition Classic Art Atelier / Hanneke Naterop – 4th prize
  • Art Label Competition 2014 – Winner
  • Groene Hart Art Prize 2013 – 3rd prize professional jury, 6th public award, 11th online public award

Member of

  • BOK (Professional Organization of Artists)
  • NABK (National Association of Visual Artists)
  • IWS Holland (International Watercolor Society Holland)

Biography

I have been creatively active from an early age and in 2010 I started painting. I have also been an independent graphic designer for over 30 years. I studied at the Graphic MTS in Amsterdam and at the Art Academy ‘Hogeschool voor de Kunsten’ in Utrecht.

I work both autonomously and on assignment. In the latter case, we first make an appointment to discuss the wishes, after approval of a first sketch I will start making a unique painting according to your wishes. Of course I ask for the necessary artistic freedom and at the same time show the same professional approach as with my design work.

Inspired by random scenes in the small nature around me, I paint my own version of this on canvas. Trees in a field with rapeseed or cow parsley, a winding road with trees, a verge full of wild flowers or poppy. When I walk or cycle past it, I take a simple snapshot. In my studio I work it out, sometimes months later, in my own style: short strokes with the flat brush. Usually in acrylic, because it suits my way of painting best, but sometimes also in oil or watercolor. With this ‘rough pointillism’ I make an impression of what I observed. I usually try to reduce the image to its essence. Stroke by stroke I achieve the result that I want. A meditative process that always leads to a very colorful result: my colored world!