Marijke Nap: Life Works


detail: Marijke Nap: Untitled, 1999
collagraph and silkscreen
image 21 x 32 cm on 40.5 x 50.5 cm paper

While on vacation recently I received a group email about a printmaking exhibition of works by Marijke Nap. How very shocked I was to read “late artist”. I had not seen Marijke in a few years but knew from mutual friends that she had been ill but had not been told of its seriousness or of her passing earlier this spring.

I first met and became friends with Marijke at the Art Institute at Capilano College (now University) many years ago before she moved on to work at other places, lastly at University of British Columbia’s art department. So, this is a fitting memorial to a vibrant and beautiful artist and printmaker who was very involved in the larger printmaking community in Vancouver. She will be sorely missed.

Unable to find a suitable image of Marijke’s vibrant work online to feature here, I chose the above from my collection, the First Folio, a portfolio of prints by several artists (including myself) created in 1999 at the Art Institute at Capilano. Each artist received one portfolio plus there were a few for exhibitions and sales to collectors.

Unfortunately I missed the opening but plan to see the exhibition before it closes May 28th. Please read about Marijke’s life and work and the exhibition, and if in the area visit the show:

Marijke Nap: Life Works
AHVA Library Gallery, Room 112 Koerner Library,
1958 Main Mall, UBC Vancouver
Exhibition runs from May 11 – 28th, 2011, Wednesday to Saturday 12-4pm.

Added much later: a lovely note by Katie Dey at the BIMPE site.

May 15, 2011 in Art Exhibitions, Other artists, Printmaking by Marja-Leena