May 3, 5pm
The Cynthia Corbett Gallery Booth ANY408
Booth Talk by Isabelle van Zeijl
Isabelle van Zeijl will talk about her vision behind her self portraits, and by using subjects that intrigue and evoke emotion, she reinvents herself over and over and has created a body of work to illustrate these autobiographical narratives. Her work takes from all she experiences in life – she is both model, creator, object and subject. Going beyond the realm of individual expression, so common in the genre of self-portraiture, she strives to be both universal and timeless, with a subtle political hint. Van Zeijl’s will talk about her collaboration with award-winning fashion designers on how she makes a cultural connection with their couture and their shared fascination for blending traditions, history, symbols, and craftsmanship.
Fascinated by the art of the past and different perspectives on beauty through the ages, Fine Art Photographer Isabelle van Zeijl explores the aesthetics and technics of the past to re-invent a contemporary art work in her practice. Boundaries fade as she blends techniques and idiom of the old masters with present-day aesthetics to create striking portraits. By evoking both alienation and recognition, while addressing our collective memory, her photographs seduce the audience. By framing her own appearance within the broader context of the classical canon Van Zeijl explores beauty. Digitally composing her photographs like a painter by using techniques of the past, her work never compromises on authenticity. Even though she is both creator, object and subject, her fine art photography reaches beyond the genre of self-portraiture, creating a universal woman and a vision of female aesthetics over time. With each portrait Isabelle gets closer to both her personal truth and an all-embracing meaning of beauty that transcends time and age.
Van Zeijl has shown work internationally over the past ten years, represented by galleries located in The Netherlands, Belgium, and New York and exhibiting at emerging and established international art fairs in New York, Miami, London, Germany, Belgium, Sweden and Italy.
Van Zeijl’s Debut Solo Show in London “The Camouflaged beauty of Fashion” will take place in June 2019.
The Cynthia Corbett Gallery, an international contemporary art gallery, represents emerging and newly established contemporary artists and is a regular exhibitor at major international contemporary art fairs. The gallery has an annual exhibition programme in London and New York, as well as collaborations with galleries worldwide. The gallery also works with a number of mid-career American, British and European artists whose works have been published and acquired by International museums and institutions.
In 2009 the gallery launched The Young Masters Art Prize which is unique not-for profit competition, open to international and UK-based artists, the prize aims to give an international platform to both emerging and established artists. The Prize was founded by American Gallerist Cynthia Corbett and launched as a prize to celebrate artistic skill and innovation with awareness of the Old Masters and the art of the past.