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One of the PJ Olivier Art Centre’s most distinguished alumni is the internationally acclaimed artist Marlene Dumas who has been living in Amsterdam for most of her life time. Her works are mostly figurative paintings that reflect personal memories and a wide variety of images that she encounters in the overload of 21st century mass media. On the website of the Tate Modern she is quoted about her paintings as follows: “I would like my paintings to be like poems. Poems are like sentences that have taken their clothes off. The meaning of a poem is what its beat and rhythm do. How the words move on the page. Poetry is writing that breathes and makes jumps and leaves spaces open, so we can read between the lines.” Learn more about this wonderful role model from her website

Marlene Dumas