questions asked by

De Monsterkamer
People of Print
Graphic Bird Watch


development in progress



NM | Nicole Martens has been generously supported by
Het Materiaalfonds

Fonds Beeldende Kunst Vormgeving en Bouwkunst (FBKVB)
Stichting de Fundatie van de Vrijvrouwe van Renswoude te

Stichting Neeltje Buis
Stichting Bekker La Bastide
Strange Boutique

Fanfare Amsterdam (2016)
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2016)
W139 Amsterdam (2007, 2011, 2016)
De Kunsthal Rotterdam (2012, 2015),
Eye Film Museum Amsterdam (2012)
Galerie De Aanschouw Rotterdam (2009),
Graphic Design Festival Breda (2012),
Manystuff Berlin (2008) and Moscow (2010),
Roodkapje Rotterdam (2012),
Galerie MAMA Rotterdam (2007),
Oppercleas Rotterdam (2014),
Chabot Museum Rotterdam (2011)


NM was founded in 2005 by graphic & audiovisual designer and visual artist Nicole Martens. As NM, Martens merges graphic and audiovisual language into typographic, abstract, applied and autonomous works. 

NM strives to capture information in an inspiring and ambitious visual structure. Experiment and research tackle existing systems and in the process new ones are created.

The tense and dependent relationship between nature and culture; emotion and ratio; evolution and creation are recurring themes in her work. As a designer and artist she tries to achieve a harmonious whole. 

As NM, Martens positions herself between art and design and explores new areas within the existing visual discourse. This allows for a wide variety of cross-disciplinary colla-
borations with artists, musicians, fashion designers, art
institutes and (print) media.

NM has been commissioned as a designer and artist in the public as well as the cultural, the artistic, the commercial and corporate domain. Clients include TNT-post (PostNL), Zeeuws Museum, Tent. Rotterdam, De Vleeshal & De Kabinetten van De Vleeshal, MVRDV, Erasmus Universiteit, Urban Outfitters, Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Eye Film Museum Amsterdam, Het Nieuwe Instituut Rotterdam and Ymere Amsterdam.