Marijke Vasey's frame paintings consider the relationship between painting and the decorative.  She reappraises the status of decorative embellishment by re-examining the role of the frame in relationship to fine art paintings. By re-drawing this supplementary border within the confines of the canvas, Vasey makes the ornate, yet invisible, support act of the frame the primary focus of her work.

Vasey's influences are drawn from a plethora of sources, from medieval tapestries, Russian religious icons and the borders on illuminated manuscripts to commercial graphics from different eras. These references feed a visual language that has evolved out of a sculptural investigation of the properties of paint. As such Vasey's painted frames are populated by amorphous mouldings, that reference plants, body parts and painted matter itself.

This heady cocktail of influences and imagery is channelled into a painterly language of excess that simultaneously recalls both the painterly flourishes of Rococo and the grandiose gestures of abstract expressionism. This richly ornate, embellished and indulgent brushwork is offset against a seemingly empty void at the centre of the works. As such the painted frames act like an agitant, creeping in from the edges of the canvas, impinging upon the perceived purity of the otherwise monochromatic or gradated colourfields that they surround.


Marijke Vasey is a Belgian/British artist who is a recent graduate from the MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College (2019). She previously completed a BA (Hons) in Fine Art Painting at Wimbledon School of Art. She is based between London in the UK and Burgundy in France.

Selected Exhibitions

Futures 2020. Futures: Figurative Art by New Graduates. Mall Galleries, London 6-18th January 2020

ING Discerning Eye Exhibition. Invited by Charlotte Hodes. Mall Galleries, London 14th-24th November 2019

Goldsmiths MFA Show, Goldsmiths College, 18-23rd July 2019

'A Geography of Interiors' Unit 3 Projects, London E3, Bea Acevedo, Justine Hounam, Clemence Hemard-

Hermitant, Lee Maelzer, Marijke Vasey, Carolyn Whittaker. 7-9th June 2019

Gold X, Asquith Gibbes Building, Goldsmiths. Deptford X. 27-30th September 2018

Unit 3 Projects, London E3, Bea Acevedo/Marijke Vasey, 7-9th April 2017

MFA Interim Show, Goldsmiths College, June 2016

GBS Fine Art. London Art Fair. 19-24th January 2016. London.

LONDON PAINTING SURVEY. Project Space: Blackhorse Lane Studios

Preview: Thursday 10th-20th September 2015

Hannah Brown, Trevor Burgess, Simon Burton, Wayne Clough, Chris Daniels, Sam Douglas, Nathan Eastwood,

Geraint Evans, Marguerite Horner, Matthew Krishanu, Lee Maelzer, Katrin Mäurich, Nicholas Middleton, Cara

Nahaul, Charley Peters, James Ryan, David Sullivan, Marijke Vasey,

Caroline Walker, William Wright

CURRENTLY. Adam Hennessey, Norman Hyams, Marijke Vasey. Blackhorse Lane Project Space, London E17.  

25-27th June 2015.

SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH ED curated by Cedric Christie & Pascal Rousson.

Display Gallery, London EC1A 2AQ. 5-29th March 2015.

GBS Fine Art. London Art Fair. 21-25th January 2015. London.

Threadneedle Prize Exhibition 2014. 24th September-11th October 2014.

'The Getaway' Blackhorse Lane Project Space. London E17. June 2014.

'New Paintings' Troubadour Gallery.' London. December 2013.

“Never was there so much wine wasted…so many dead flowers.” Terrace Gallery. 4-17 Frederick Terrace, E8,  

 London.  August 2008.

"We found a place...then we drifted apart." Bishops Otter Gallery, Chichester University 1st-21st June 2006.

'Outside The Frame' Group Show, Phoenix Gallery Brighton. 21st January-4th March 2006.

 'The Everyday Catalogue' 22-30 March 2006. 12 Star Gallery, Storey's Gate , WC1 London.


Threadneedle Prize 2014. Selected Artist.