Marissa Oosterlee

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Professional Artist

Who is Marissa Oosterlee?

Marissa Oosterlee is recognised for her hyperrealistic figurative pieces that captivate the viewer with not only their technical detail, but also the narratives that she brings to life.

The works show her adept hand and subtle nuances, making it hard to believe that art was not Oosterlee’s first career. She started off, instead, as an aspiring semi-professional cyclist, but a heavy accident at age 20 ended the career early. One year after recovering from the accident and picking up brushes and pencils again, she became a professional artist.

Professional Artist

Biography

Biography of Marissa Oosterlee Specialising in hyperrealistic oil and airbrush portraits, Dutch artist Marissa Oosterlee’s art is imbued with grace and purity. Each of her creations invite silent contemplation. The presence of her subjects and the near-photographic realism of their faces immerse the viewer in an almost specular encounter, where one becomes another, as if through a mysterious transference. Her portraits are like a freeze frame, a revelation. The evocation is sensual, sensitive, larger than life, soft and soothing, without artifice. In her series « Washing Away My Sorrow, » Marissa Oosterlee paints images of ethereal women floating in clear, shimmering waters that are strikingly realistic. Each stroke of airbrush or brush conveys this sense of weightlessness and serenity, halting time itself. Her treatment of light, of reflections and colours deceives our gaze and her pictorial works become almost photographic. Aesthetics, purity and tranquility are the cornerstones of this series. Marissa is fascinated by the sea and by reflections on the water which constantly give rise to another image of reality, always in motion. Although Marissa likes to paint hyperrealistic images, there is also something abstract in her paintings. These are reminiscent of the distortions, colour changes and depth of field we find underwater. The poetry of water with its abstract lights immerses us in the splendour of this fusion of colours and form, which ultimately contrasts with the unsettling realism of these ethereal faces. It is not complicated for me to explain to you that Marissa's painting is more than just technically astounding. Poetically, I find it sublime. The grace of her subjects is in perfect harmony with the colours and the flow of lines. Fascinating and majestic. © Véronique ADRAÏ - Galerie Courcelles - Paris, FRANCE (All rights reserved)

Water reminds us, all shall pass in time

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Fun Fact

Marissa means From the Sea - Mermaid. It’s the perfect fit as her love for the ocean and nature is as big as her passion for Art. She is actively involved in cleaning up nature, creating awareness to the importance of clean oceans and raising funds with annual auctions for a good cause to help animals in need.

The perfect illusion—Pictures by Marissa Oosterlee

Marissa Oosterlee creates stunning, life-like pictures with her airbush gun. The portraits look like photographs! In her painting classes, the artist teaches others how to create hyper-realistic pictures.

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My Proficiency

Marissa Oosterlee is recognised for her hyperrealistic figurative pieces that captivate the viewer with not only their technical detail, but also the narratives that she brings to life. The works show her adept hand and subtle nuances, making it hard to believe that art was not Oosterlee’s first career. She started off, instead, as an aspiring semi-professional cyclist, but a heavy accident at age 20 ended the career early. One year after recovering from the accident and picking up brushes and pencils again, she became a professional artist.

Airbrushing
100%
Illustration&Artwork
97%
Corses
95%

Awards

• 2023 Best of show Award IGOR •  2021 Best Portrait Award IGOR
•  2021 Finalist ARC Renewal Salon
•  2020 American Art Collector’s choice Award
•  2018 Creative Achievement Award, Peterson Gallery – Santa Fe, New Mexico
•  2017 Artist’s Choice Award Winfield gallery – Carmel by the Sea California
•  Finalist Artist’s Magazine Competition 2018 with Angerona
•  Finalist Artist’s Magazine Competition 2006 with Left Behind
•  Nominatie Kunstenaar van het Jaar 2017 with Hamkaas
•  Finalist Salmagundi New York 2019
•  Honorable mention NTD TV New York

Exhibitions/Galleries

• Wildlife in Galerie bij Leth, Emmen 2016
• Galerie de Ruimte, Geldrop 2017
• Winfield Gallery USA 2017
• Peterson Gallery USA 2018
• Palermo Italie, Expo Ricordi Futuri 3.0 2018
• Ambachtsfestival Amsterdam 2018
• Nationale Kunstdagen NL 2018
• Ambachtsfestival Amsterdam 2019
• Craft in Focus New York 2019
• Kristen Campo, Gallery New York 2018-2019
• Milaan Italie, Expo Ricordi Futuri 3.0 2019
• Salmagundi – NTD tv New York 2019
• Galerie Pictura Aijen, Bergen 2020
• Museum van Katwijk 2020
• Ton! Art Gallery Rucphen, NL 2020
• Arcadia Contemporary Art Gallery, California USA 2020
• Arcadia Contemporary Art Gallery, New York 2021
• Galerie Ton! Ruchpen, NL 2021
• Galerie Amaris, Xabia, Spain 2023 • Galerie Courcelles, Paris, France 2023/2024

Illustrations and Artworks

• Netflix
• Constantin Film
• Jumbo
• Nintendo
• Nobilis
• Davilex
• Tv-Fun
• Pinewood Studio’s
• Loes Van Delft
• Restoring of Murakami Originals
• Private Customers
• Private Art Collectors NL, USA, UK, BE, DE, FR, UK, Swiss, Singapore
• Stal Vreedenburgh

Publications

• American Art Collector
• Art Scene International
• National en International Newspapers
• Sterren op het Doek tv
• Airbrush Art + Action
• Airbrush Step by Step
• Airbrush Techniques Magazine
• DW News
• Euromaxx
• My Modern Met
• Local and national TV stations in Finland, Japan, NYC, Poland, Germany and Netherlands
• Worldwide and local newspapers