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‘Farewell’ wins Prize of the Culture Council

 Out of hundreds of entries, one of the two paintings that Marina Kulik entered in the Grand Prix d'Aquarelle has won the prize of the Culture Council! Her other painting (MCRose 13) received a honorary mention.

'This year I am trying out several contests to see if that works as well for publicity as exhibiting does. So far there wasn't much worth mentioning, I ended up in the last fifty in the 'Power of Self' art contest (with self-portraits) and just missed the finals of the Saatchi Showdown (3 votes short, ouch!). This fall I  was invited to participate in the Grand Prix d'Aquarelle 2011. It was an interesting contest, with a theme that I found appealing: 'Roses without thorns'.

There were strict rules, the work should be made specifically for this Grand Prix, and it was not permitted to show it anywhere else before it was judged. That's why it hasn't been on my website until last week! I have actually produced three works for it, but one, though great fun to create, didn't come through my own ballot. I painted the singers of the Dutch song 'Rozen Zonder Doornen',  Gert en Hermien Timmermans... very lame but now kind of cult- But it would only mean something to older Dutch people.

Ok, and the other two that made it were a new version of my McRoses, number 13, a big one on handmade paper. Certainly no thorns there, as it is a painting suggesting an estranged rose, from fabric, or 'pillows' as many people say. The second was more complicated, and I am very happy that it is this one that won the prize: it's name is 'Farewell' because I painted it like the roses we dropped in the water of the North Sea, after we scattered the ashes of a dear friend. And, it has as a subtitle  'Such roses do not exist, but you can hide the thorns'. Hence the ribbon around it.

I am very happy with this acknowledgement!

One more contest-like happening to go, I have also entered for the second time in the Holotropic Art Symposium, held in Rumania, and this year it has prizes too.

Fingers crossed and I'll tell you all about that in another post...'

‘Franchement Art’ 2nd edition

From 2-5 September 2011, the second edition of the contemporary art fair 'Franchement Art' takes place in the Citadelle of Villefranche sur Mer Renowned galeries and well-known contemporary artists show their paintings, sculptures, photographs and other artwork. Aquarellista Marina Kulik is one of the chosen artists. She will show her large size abstracts, big multicolour roses and  a preview on her 'Glam Women' portraits. "I participated in the first edition and I had a great time with the other artists, we had inspiring talks and of course tremendous fun... In the picture below (ripped from the official brochure) you can see me (middle, right), looking at the work of another participant. The number of visitors could have been higher and the organisation promised for the second edition to promote better and louder.  This year more galeries are exhibiting and the overall quality seems to be higher, the 'ballotage' being more strict. I got selected, phew! My stand will be next to that of my Dutch sculptor-friend Ineke Velsink. Our work looks great together and I look very much forward to showing it to the many international visitors. I expect to sell and get commissions for Glamorous Women Portraits" The entry to the Contemporary Art Fair 'Franchement Art' is free, more information on their website nb: if you are looking for painters (like me) go to 'Plasticiens'

Expo Marina Artist Team in Dutch Consulate Nice


From March 1st onwards, until 2012, six aquarelle watercolours created by the Marina Artist Team will be on display in the Dutch Consulate in Nice. The Marina Artist Team are Marina Kulik, Marina Teding-van Berkhout and Cathie van der Stel, three aquarellistas, who work together on commissions for houses, portraits (of people and pets) and wedding bouquets. The Consulate already owns a portrait in aquarelle of her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, made by Marina Kulik.

Shown are a Berner Senner puppy and Grapes by Marina Teding van Berkhout, portrait of a black woman and poppies by Cathie van der Stel and portrait of a little girl and Cat & Frog by Marina Kulik. The exhibition is open to everybody visiting the Dutch consulate. Click the dutch flag on the upper right hand side to read the Dutch translation...

Exhibition in Les Terrasses d’Antipolis


From Tuesday 18 January to 11 April (2011), Marina Kulik exhibits her abstract paintings in the Centre d’Affaires of the "Espaces Antipolis" as well as the Restaurant "Les Terasses d' Antipolis" in Sophia Antipolis, the 'Silicon Valley' of the South of France. The show is initiated and organized by Ambre International,  an association promoting "quality contemporary art by famous international artists whose work contributes to the Mediterranean and European cultural influence".  It will feature Marina's existing myDNA series as well as her recent work on "Planets". The exhibition is open on working days from 8 AM to 7PM. Les Terrasses d'Antipolis 300 route des Crêtes 06902 Sophia-Antipolis Tel : 0493006060

“Petits Formats” 10 – 24 December

From 10 to 24 December, the yearly exhibition "Petits Formats" takes place in the Salle Saint-Esprit in Valbonne. A group of around 15 artists show their smaller work and sell it for very interesting prices: starting at 10€, the maximum is 250 €. Marina Kulik is one of the exhibiting artists. She will show poetic aquarelles, with high quality hand signed prints that can be used as exclusive Christmas cards.

"I am working on a series of "Christmas decorations" right now, it is great fun to do and I have really fallen in love with the concept of Xmas balls, they look so great, I may produce a couple of real ones. and definitely some big artistic handpainted beads for the Dutch jewelry brand Merrl that I design for. But I can't say for sure what I will end up with in December, I'll keep you posted. If you are interested in ordering a couple of cards, drop me an email via the contact page and I'll get back to you!"

Artour in Villeneuve

Citadelle Villeneuve Loubet

On June 19th Marina Kulik exhibited her abstract aquarelles and demonstrated the noble art of aquarelle during  "ARTOUR" 2010 in the Citadelle of Villeneuve Loubet (property of the Marquis de Panisse)

The exhibition targeted the business people of Sophia Antipolis, the high-tech area of the Côte d'Azur, "our" Silicon Valley.

The participating artists had put up their artwork (paintings and sculptures) outside in the courtyard, the sun was shining and they were giving demonstrations and telling the interested visitors about their work...

And then it started to rain!
"Luckily there were lots of plastic, I could cover my precious aquarelles, they were not damaged - the demo's were very wet-in-wet from that moment onwards. An hour later the sun came back and stayed for the day. My work looked good in the evening sun with the shadows of the palmtrees!"

Aquarelles Marina


On Saturday 8 May the official opening ("vernissage") of  l'Abstrait in the airport of Nice...

The artists were introduced by the organisation and the attaché culturel de La Gaude. The nice looking guy on my left is Olivier Menu whose explosive art was printed  on the invitation
Until 30 July the business centres of Terminal 1 and 2 of the airport of Nice, shows abstract work "L'Abstrait". There are marble and other stone sculptures, original 3D objects made out of plexiglass and of course paintings and drawings, in all kinds of media. Acrylics, oils, fresco, laquer, gouache, ink and a couple of aquarelles... yep, they're mine.
I've been there all morning to put up my work (6 paintings in total) it was of course great fun to be there and meet the other artists! Catherine Monmarson was there, Michel Baudet, Hannelore Jüterbock, all great artists and very nice and creative and their work is fantastic! OK, not in watercolours, but hey! That's why you have me in there, as your aquarellista representative...
Anyway - If you are in the neighbourhood, go and have a look and if you are in the neighbourhood on May 8th around 6 PM, that's even better: you are most welcome to join us for the festive vernissage!