Opus Art, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Hesperata by Marie Blanco Hendrickx

Marie Blanco Hendrickx Biography

As a small child, while other little girls were playing dolls, Marie Blanco Hendrickx aka Mijn Schatje was making wishes and prayers on tombstones in the woods at her grandparents at le chateau des Ifs in the Paris area. She lived a tale of her own in that castle, and received memories made out of fireworks, treasure hunts, flower tiaras and ducks in the pond. In her early years, not knowing much about spelling, she was also convinced Jimi Hendrix was her uncle.

Now at age 26, Mijn resides in Paris. Paying homage to her imaginary rock star uncle she got to be an active participant in the music scene, where she created many LP and CD covers for renowned French Touch labels like Record Makers (founded by the duo Air) and Ekler'O'Shock. She won international acclaim with her work for TimeRelease (US) and the Taiwanese label Avant Garden. The entire 2008 collections of the hip Italian fashion house Fornarina was subject to the unique Mijn Schatje style, bringing her enchanted characters to the Milan and Paris fashion weeks and to high street fashion stores of Los Angeles, London, Las Vegas, Milan... Playstation and Reebok also collaborated with the artists on promotional events during these past years.

In 2009 she presented her work at the Urban Superstar exhibition at the Madre contemporary Art Museum in Napoli, and in early 2010 she will be showing at Le Cube, a French national art centre focusing on new medias and digital art. Marie Blanco Hendrickx’s work has been featured in the books Pink Attitude, Taschen Illustration Now 2, The Garden of Eyecandy and Ultimate Illustration.

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