Pauwels studied drawing and painting at the “Constantin Meunier” Academy in Brussels, and etching at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Aalst and Dendermonde.
In 2001 she settled in Spain where she continues today, to work as a professional artist.
Her work has been exhibited and awarded…Show more internationally.
The human figure is a constant presence in Pauwels work, emerging from her fascination with the fragility of the human condition.
Her canvas’ are wooden blocks, built upon with newsprint, sand and oil paints. each one a commentary, many with embedded written, often ambiguous or challenging, thoughts.
The titles and the subjects themselves a comment on social attitudes.
Her figures reflect in their elongated, nude almost transparent bodies a feeling of isolation, but also a strength and power to go back to the essence of what we are. She confirms this statement by putting them in empty abandoned spaces away from any unnecessary adornments.Show less
"Through Marleen Pauwels ghostly figures we see her fascination with the fragility of the human condition. She investigates the human emotions that we will all experience at one time or another in our lives. They are haunting yet beautiful at the same time."
Katherine Mellor - Rise Art Curator
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