Marcel Thelen

Marcel Thelen

Netherlands 1978

Abstract Art

Marcel Thelen
Marcel Thelen
December 5, 2015
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Marcel Thelen is a Dutch artist, known for his work with wood and abstract paintings. He explores deconstructing, installation, layers, powerful compositions and fresh color schemes.

Thelen’s Layering

Marcel Thelen - Untitled, 2014
Marcel Thelen – Untitled, 2014

Thelen was born in Goes, a city in the southwestern Netherlands on Zuid-Beveland, in the province of Zeeland, Netherlands. His upbringing was a creative one as he lived with his multi-talented family. Marcel’s brother is Collin van der Sluijs, and the two of them used to draw together from the very early age, inspiring and motivating one another then and now as well, when both of them have a successful artistic careers.

It wasn’t before early 90s that Marcel discovered graffiti, at one trip on train with his friends. He immediately fell in love with street style aesthetics. Many years from the beginning of his artistic adventure Thelen focused on other art disciplines. Besides his passion for typography, Marcel created a training cabinetmaker where he introduced the concept of 3d. By discovering other materials and forms, this artist created his name through his contemporary paintings and architectural aspects with some bold and vivid colors.

Marcel Thelen’s Collages

Marcel Thelen - Collages made from found materials, 2015
Marcel Thelen – Collages made from found materials, 2015

The majority of Thelen’s works are a collision between analogue and digital technology. He cuts up a hand-drawn patterns and composes them until they found a right place to be. In 2014, Marcel held an exhibition, together with his brother Collin, Super A and Rutger Termohlen. The show was held at Partisan Creative Corner and curated by Art is Just a Four Letter Word. A theme of this exhibition was to present one common thing among these four Dutch artist and that is layering to show what can be found under the shiny layer of today’s society.

The artist is represented by Art is Just a Four Letter Word.

Marcel Thelen lives in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Wonder WorldArt is Just a Four Letter Word, in Soest, GermanyGroup
2015Festival and exhibition Mural Goes & Mural Goes Pop Up ShowGOES, The NetherlandsGroup
2014Layers, a show by Collin van der Sluijs, Marcel Thelen, Super A & Rutger TermohlenPartisan Creative CornerGroup
2013Alles GoesVan Berkei Art GalleryGroup
2013AliasKopse Kant Electron BredaGroup