Marijke Bouchier is an interdisciplinary artist, originally from New Zealand, now based in Toronto, Ontario. After graduating from her BFA at Massey University, Wellington (NZ), Marijke relocated to Montreal in 2007 to complete her MFA at Concordia University. Over the years Marijke has moved fluidly between a variety of mediums, such as performance, video, sound, writing, sculpture, painting, and drawing, but now focuses most notably on painting, illustration, and surface design.
paradise is nice - textile collection
Launching SUMMER 2019 - This gloriously kooky, tropical, & surrealist inspired, textile collection is a brand-spanking-new project, which has been almost two years in the making!
The designs and motifs are a spin-off of Marijke’s fine art painting practice, and the result of her decade long obsession with pattern, repetition, and kitschy decor. Every element of these designs is hand-painted by Marijke. The illustrations are then scanned and turned into a punny, kitschy, playful patterns. Marijke’s love of color and humor has lead to a delightful array of visual concoctions - “Bananimals”, “Toucananas”, “Birds of Paradise”, and more. All items are hand-made by Marijke Bouchier in Toronto, Canada.
If you’d like to become a wholesale stockist of the Paradise in Nice textile collection, or if you’re interested in licensing a current or custom pattern design, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the relevant details and any questions you might have.
The sexual fruit collection
The SEXUAL FRUIT collection is a project that celebrates female sexuality, desire & inclusiveness. While addressing sexuality, especially female sexuality, may be an uncomfortable subject for some, that very discomfort is what makes this project, and the larger conversation it is a part of, so important. Historically women have almost exclusively been depicted as the object of sexual desire - specifically the object of male desire - but rarely as it’s subject and/or provocateur. Even now, depictions of female “desire” in contemporary mainstream media are most often distortions of the male gaze, and do not in reality capture much of the true nature of female sexuality. These works, though light, colorful, and playful in nature, are an earnest attempt to normalize female sexuality, and include women in a larger discussion around sexuality, sexual agency and desire.
If you’d like to become a wholesale stockist of the Sexual Fruit Illustration line, please e-mail email@example.com with the relevant details and any questions you might have.
custom & commercial illustration
In addition to her own work, Marijke is available for custom and commercial illustration contracts - everything from portraiture to packing! Please don’t hesitate to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for a quote.