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Art with a twist by Marja

When Marja van den Hurk from Delft bought a new printer in 2001, it came with a free photo-editing programm. That would come in handy, she thought, so she started playing and trying it out and soon it grew into a real hobby.

Great imagination and very creative

As an example, Marja stood in the shop to buy her first mobile phone. ‘Do you have a camera that you can make calls with?’ she asked jokingly. Marja is blessed with a great imagination and is very creative ‘I am always tinkering with something,’ she laughs as she takes a sip of her coffee. She looks alternative, dark, perhaps a touch gothic, like a work of art in itself. But dark she is not, on the contrary, she brings sunshine with her and we see that cheerfulness in her work. We do feel a bit happy because of her.

Ever more fanatical, creative and always getting a little better

Her works are layered. Marja digitally cuts out images and pastes them onto other digital images, creating fun combinations. Meanwhile, she does this in somewhat professional programmes, because hey, she has learnt a few things over the years. We call her theme Surrealism collection and this falls under the Fantasy & Daydreams collection. ‘I have been photographing since my childhood. At first it was still the usual house-cat-holiday snapshots, but after buying my first SLR in 2006, things changed. I could look at my photos right away, and thus immediately see which silly mistakes I had made,’ she laughs. Critical she certainly is, and that's good because you learn from that. ‘True,’ she begins, ‘and because of this I became more and more fanatical, more creative and a little bit better each time.’

Marja-style awesomeness

Marja prefers to take her camera everywhere she goes, but since the thing is not exactly pocket size, her smartphone sometimes does the trick too. "Unfortunately, smartphone photos are not good for my artworks on Art Heroes. Phone photos are just not suitable for large-format prints, because the quality declines!”

Once your friends realise you're a bit handy with Photoshop and photography, they often enlist your help. ‘Like a photo of a very dear person, which then just doesn't look quite right in the picture,’ she explains. We know that what she actually means is that that photo is just a total failure. Marja knows how to transform photos like those into Marja-style awesomeness through magic. ‘Give it to me,’ I say, because nine times out of ten I can do something with it. A different crop, a filter and a bit of fine-tuning here and there and you have a completely different image that is worth framing. I really enjoy doing that and it is rewarding too.’

Marja’s favourite

Marja's favourite job is Housekeeping Back Then. She is quite right; after all, we see a man doing housekeeping, and we (the stylists at Art Heroes) love to see that. He’s vacuuming with a Freddy Mercury model hoover in his hand. Rare find!

Stylist Rosanne: ‘A pleasure to look at. Art that makes you genuinely happy.’

Curious about more? Click here to visit Marja van den Hurk's shop.

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