Exhibition — Work on paper

Then There Were Three

21 January up to 25 February 2023
→ Galerie Onrust
Planciusstraat 7
1013 MD Amsterdam
  • Thursday 13:00—18:00
  • Friday 13:00—18:00
  • Saturday 13:00—18:00
With ticket

Opening : 21 January, 4 – 6 pm

Odile Maarek, Diana Quinby, Ina van Zyl 

Intuition is like a scent: elusive, invisible and yet immediately familiar. It is that indefinable certainty, about each other and each other’s work, that has brought Odile Maarek, Diane Quinby and Ina van Zyl together. Three artists, three women, who decided both intuitively and spontaneously to do something together, ‘like people starting a band would do’. Then There Were Three is an exhibition made up solely of drawings, by artists with their own voices and rhythms, but all in the same key.

Maarek (b. 1961), Quinby (b. 1967) and Van Zyl (b. 1971) often associate people and things with an underlying world of unspoken emotions and ideas. In their work, they try to gain a grip on this world. By drawing, they delve beneath the surface to retrieve the unutterable, charging their images with tension and meaning. These are, at the same time, three artists who dare to mistrust their intuition. Because they value doubt more than certainty. Why are we here? What are we doing here? What is the meaning of things? They draw in the vain hope of finding answers because, in the words of the South African poet and singer Gert Vlok Nel, ‘Om te lewe is onnatuurlik,’ living is unnatural.

Odile Maarek 
Georgia, 2022, 
pigmented felt pen on paper
38 x 56 cm
Photo: Rachel Grief
Diana Quinby
Blue Couple, 2018
Graphite pencil on paper
38 x 56 cm
Ina van Zyl
Snatched, 2022
Charcoal, compressed charcoal and pastel on paper
51 x 73 cm
Photo: Peter Cox