Marcelle Hanselaar was born in Rotterdam and is one of the most accomplished printmakers in Britain. Hanselaar travelled extensively in Asia and Europe before settling in London. Although she studied briefly at The Royal Academy, 1962-'64, as a painter, she is entirely self-taught. Marcelle Hanselaar's early paintings were abstract but from 1992 her work became completely figurative, she developed a passion for etchings after studying printmaking in 2001.
In 2007, the British Museum acquired a boxed edition of prints of La Petite Mort etchings by Marcelle Hanselaar. These images weave a dark visionary world of hidden agendas and complex fables, where trust appears to be missing. The compelling images are instilled with a sense of monumentality retaining the same power present in her paintings. Her assured line gives authority to her imagery, entangling the viewer who becomes complicit in spying on often private and unsettling episodes of human relationships. Hanselaar’s hands-on approach to making prints, allows her to utilize the full range of the medium’s expressive potential.
Hanselaar was the winner of the first prize of Tabernacle Art Competition with the painting Holding on to yourself, 18 July-3 Sept 2011, Feeling, MOMA Wales.
Solo exhibitions include; University gallery, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, Quest 21, Brussel, Millenium Gallery, St.Ives, Cornwall; Viktor Wynd Fine Art inc. London; SNAP Gallery, Edmonton, Canada, Galerie de Buytensael, Arnhem; East West Gallery, London; University of Aberystwyth Gallery, Aberystwyth; De Queeste Art, Watou.