Kahmann Gallery Catalogue

Kahmann Gallery

Ambiguity and sensuality are characteristic traits that are found in the work by the Rotterdam-based artist duo Schilte & Portielje (Huub Schilte, 1953 and Jacqueline Portielje, 1958). The works are made from fragments of photographic material from the digital image library that they have amassed over the years. Each work is created through a time-consuming process comprising transformation, drawing, painting, adding and removing. The duo uses a computer as a photographic dark room, as well as a drawing and painting tool, in order to create their remarkable dreamworld of bizarre characters.

The human form, often portrayed sensually, plays a central role in Schilte & Portielje's work. The curious figures appear to be entangled in unnatural physical poses, torsos sometimes twisted at 180 degrees to the lower body, or portrayed as half-human, half-beast. This unusual representation of man creates a mysterious, almost mythical impression. In this respect, their work exhibits a visual affinity with surrealism. Schilte & Portielje purposely choose to eliminate all colour from their work, which creates a greater distance from reality, and a tension in the contrast between the advanced computer technique and the somewhat nostalgic feeling summoned by the black and white aspect of their work.

Schilte & Portielje have been widely exhibited both in the Netherlands, which includes a solo exhibition in the Kunsthal Rotterdam, as well as being featured in international shows. Their work has been included in private and corporate collections all over...
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Casper Faassen (1975) lives and works in Leiden, The Netherlands, the same place where he grew up. Here he developed his love for drawing and painting, inspired by the realistic, classical paintings of once Leiden-based painters such as Gerard Dou, Rembrandt van Rijn and Jan Steen. Faasen developed his skills as an artist in his own time, and in 2002 Faassen decided to solely focus on his art career, with great success. Solo and group exhibitions in galleries, art fairs and museums throughout Europe, which include De Hallen in Haarlem and Fotografiska in Stockholm, gave him broad recognition and have made him one of the most sought after artists working in the Netherlands today.

Portraits, landscapes, nudes, cityscapes and flowers, all traditional 17th century Dutch painterly subjects, are translated in Faassen’s unique figurative language. Beauty is a central theme within his work, but there is always something darker lingering within his pieces. The silent, eternal and beautiful is set against a backdrop of apparent decay: Vanities. This disintegration is visible in the handling of materials, not necessarily in the subject presented. His photographs are built up like paintings with different imaginary and physical layers, giving the viewer a feeling of distance and at the same time a voyeuristic presence. Both the paintings and the photo works are purified and rich at the same time, striving to have iconic value.

Faassen's work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. His most recent exhibition was a solo show at...
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