Marleen Habets was born in Kerkrade, in the southern part of the Netherlands in 1950. Until 2000, she worked with children in various institutions for mental health care.In 2001 she quit her job to become a full time visual artist. In 2007 she graduated from the Minerva Art Academy in Groningen. Currently Marleen lives and works in Goirle, southern Netherlands.

About her work

My work is about the vulnerability of life and human existence. It’s about the beauty that lies in imperfection, about care and commitment. I usually paint portraits. I try to represent the imperfection, the beauty and the vulnerability of people. I also make other works, both figurative and abstract. These paintings are images and memories of beauty and impressive emotions”

About the artwork “Father”,  currently exhibited at the RA Summer Exhibition:

“Father” – mixed media, 23,5 x 18,5 cm

“I recently found a portrait of a Red Cross soldier in an old family album.  On the back of the photo it said: “Father, † 1916”. I remember the stories about a cousin, a young father, who died in WW1. More than 8 million lives were lost in the First World War. Most of them where young, healthy and caring men, husbands, fathers, brothers and sons who never came home again. The photo of this cousin was the inspiration for this portrait”