Hervé Martijn

Hervé Martijn’s years of experience as a painter drive him to the extremes of his technical ability and question the nature of the true-to-life reality that he as an artist should allow to appear on canvas. Giving shape to a painted reality forces him to make artistic choices each time anew. Martijn’s lifelike translation consists in a painted diversity of reproductive possibilities with an inexhaustible and multipliable creative interpretation of a subtle, emotionally charged reality. His world, consisting mostly of beautiful women, is subtly manipulated on canvas by means of creative reinterpretation.

Hervé Martijn’s muses shrink from the viewer’s gaze, or are stripped of their ability to look. A feeling of shame dominates the visible reality of those portrayed. In every painting the face is hidden or averted from the viewer’s judgment. As if the outside world can only observe fragments of a reality that has been made fragile. A visible, emotionally suppressed pain is sublimated in the beautiful reproduction of long, vulnerable suffering. As if recording it on canvas would bear witness to a painted conviction that acceptance is the only way to deal with wounds in life.

A way of being marked for life in paint. A merciless “Ounce” upon a time in a fragile reality.

Sven Vanderstichelen mei 2015 voor MER

Hervé Martijn (Avelgem 1961) Lives and works in Avelgem, België


Koninklijke Academie Voor Schone Kunsten Gent: Monumentale Kunsten Centrale examencommissie Gent : Kunstgeschiedenis


Artfair Realisme. ism. Galerie Wilms. Amsterdam

‘The Male Figure’. ism. Galerie Wilms . Maison de maitre . Brussels

“De mythe in mij”  . Tielrode 

“ARTURE”  Curator Sven Vanderstichelen. Ressegem

NEW book: OUNCE. MER. Paper Kunsthalle .Text: Sven Vanderstichelen

OUNCE to the eponymous book “OUNCE” : Galerie Dessers Leuven

Art THE HAGUE : ism Galerie WILMS. Den Haag

Kunst@Rode Kruis : Ronse 

PAN ism Galerie Wilms Amsterdam 

Belgische en Nederlandse kunstenaars “Who is who? ” Galerie De Buck Gent

“Schone kunsten” CACAOFABRIEK Helmond met Caroline Coolen, Peter de Cuypere Tom Liekens, Fik Vangestel, Bert Loerakker



Realisme Artfair ism Galerie Wilms Amsterdam

Introspection . Solopresentatie Galerie Wilms Venlo

“La solitude dans la jouissance” Groepsexpo. S & H De Buck Gent

Portraits and faces : Groepstentoonstelling Galerie Dessers Leuven

Facultyclub ism Navelstrengbloedbank K.U.Leuven

Over klein geluk en tijden van overvloed. Kunstenfestival Watou

Do not compare. Groepsexpo. Art Gallery L.Lefevere Knokke

Art The Hague ism Galerie Wilms DenHaag. 

The art of living . Groepsexpo. Galerie Dessers . Leuven


Art at the warehouse ism Galerie Wilms Rotterdam

Opening nieuw pand : Galerie Wilms Venlo

KunstRAI ism Galerie Wilms Amsterdam

Art The Hague ism Galerie Wilms Den Haag

Birds born in a cage think flying is an illness. Galerie Dessers Leuven


Galerie Rasson Art Tournai

The soul of a tree . Groepsexpo. Galerie Dessers Leuven

Kunstbeurs tvv Navelstreng bloedbank K.U.Leuven

Artfair Solopresentatie B-ART Gent

Artfair REALISME ism Galerie Wilms, Amsterdam


Galerie ART SINGEL 100 Amsterdam : Portraits of vulnerability

Galerie Dessers: Mutatis Mutandis Leuven

Galerie Claudine Legrand Paris

Galerie Dessers Hasselt : Poêmes a voir. groepsexpo


Galerie Raison d’Art Lille, Oeuvres récentes

Galerie Ludwig Lefevere Knokke , Intimistische portretten

Kunstbeurs tvv Navelstrengbloedbank K.U.Leuven

Groepsexpo Galerie Claudine Legrand Paris


ART SINGEL 100 Amsterdam

Galerie Ludwig Lefevere Knokke

Open artfair Utrecht


Galerie Anderwereld Groningen

Galerie Claudine Legrand, Pictorial narcism, Paris

Foire Art-Lille, Le Grand Palais, Lille.

Open Artfair, Utrecht

Twee vlaggen één code. Hannemamuseum Harlingen


Galerie Ludwig Lefevere “Ego en alterego” , Knokke

Galerie Dessers, Leuven(with Hans Sieverding)

Art-Madrid Artfair, Galerie Anderwereld


Gal Claudine Legrand,”Vide médian”, Paris

Galerie Post+Garcia, Maastricht

Artfair, Innsbruck

Art gallery Colline-Verte, Borgloon

Galerie De Verbeelding,Groepexpo “Engelen”, Breda

Anderwereld/Katuin, Groepsexpo, Groningen


Galerie De Verbeelding Baarle-Nassau

Artgallery Ludwig Lefevere, Knokke-Zoute


Galerie De Verbeelding, Baarle-Nassau

Artgallery Ludwig Lefevere, Knokke-Zoute

Holland Artfair Den Haag

Art-Laren Laren

ST-ART-foire, Strasbourg

Galerie de Greef & de Greef, Wassenaar


Holland-art-fair Den Haag 

ST-ART-foire Strasbourg F

Art gallery Ludwig Lefevere Knokke B


Holland-art-fair Den Haag N

ST-ART-foire Strasbourg F

RAI-kunstbeurs Amsterdam N


ST-ART-Foire Strasbourg F

Galerie Grusenmeyer Sint-Martens-Latem B

RAI-kunstbeurs Amsterdam N

Galerie Brûlée Strasbourg F


ST-Art-Foire Strasbourg F

Tableau de la Troupe , Galerie de Greef & de Greef Wassenaar N

Art sur papier Galerie Brûléé Strasbourg F

RAI-kunstbeurs Amsterdam N