18.09.13 - 23.11.13 Miyako Ishiuchi
21.06.13 - 30.08.13 Chloe Sells - Senescence
02.05.13 - 12.06.13 Nobuyoshi Araki
27.04.13 - 28.04.13 SPLINTER - An Independent Photography...
12.02.13 - 28.03.13 Michael Eastman: Havana
01.11.12 - 01.12.12 Lucas Foglia
07.09.12 - 27.10.12 Daido Moriyama - Tights and Lips
30.05.12 - 28.07.12 Valérie Belin – ‘Yohoho’
20.04.12 - 24.05.12 Alex Prager - Compulsion
02.02.12 - 05.04.12 Guy Bourdin
02.12.11 - 21.01.12 Boris Savelev - Colour Constructions
07.10.11 - 12.11.11 Jerusalem
08.09.11 - 01.10.11 Alejandro Chaskielberg - High Tide
15.07.11 - 25.08.11 Patagonia
13.05.11 - 09.07.11 Burke + Norfolk: Photographs from th...
24.02.11 - 21.04.11 Sohei Nishino - The Diorama Map Series
08.12.10 - 12.02.11 Winter Contemporary
14.10.10 - 06.12.10 Robert Bergman
10.09.10 - 10.10.10 Daido Moriyama
26.07.10 - 21.08.10 Guy Bourdin
10.06.10 - 17.07.10 Alex Prager - Week End
07.05.10 - 05.06.10 Daniele Tamagni and Araminta de Clermont
24.03.10 - 01.05.10 Yoshihiko Ueda - QUINAULT
14.01.10 - 20.02.10 Kishin Shinoyama- NUDE
25.11.09 - 09.01.10 C O L O U R - Group Show
22.10.09 - 21.11.09 Ellen von Unwerth- Fräulein
10.09.09 - 17.10.09 Starting with a Photograph
27.07.09 - 05.09.09 Revive - Group Show
04.06.09 - 25.07.09 Ofer Wolberger (Life with) Maggie
21.04.09 - 30.05.09 Boris Savelev- 31 Years
11.03.09 - 20.04.09 Miyako Ishiuchi Mother's
05.02.09 - 10.03.09 Scarlett Hooft Graafland-You Winter, ...
13.01.09 - 31.01.09 John Davies Rachel Whiteread HOUSE
20.11.08 - 10.01.09 Nobuyoshi Araki- Hana Kinbaku
09.10.08 - 17.11.08 Simon Norfolk - Full Spectrum Dominance
30.08.08 - 04.10.08 Tiina Itkonen - Ultima Thule
25.06.08 - 27.08.08 Polly Borland - Bunny
25.04.08 - 16.06.08 Alex Prager - The Big Valley
07.03.08 - 12.04.08 Tod Papageorge - Passing through Eden
28.11.07 - 11.01.08 Jeff Bark
04.10.07 - 26.11.07 Eyes Of An Island - Japanese Photogra...
06.08.07 - 31.08.07 Group Show I
21.06.07 - 21.07.07 Valerie Belin
20.04.07 - 01.06.07 Scarlett Hooft Graafland
22.02.07 - 07.04.07 John Davies - The British Landscape
26.11.06 - 03.01.07 Jeff Bark - Abandon
01.10.06 - 28.10.06 Eleven Contemporaries
01.07.06 - 15.08.06 Valérie Belin - Pallette & Chips
07.10.05 - 26.10.05 ARAKI
08.06.05 - 20.08.05 Dodo Jin Ming - Free Element / Behind...
04.02.05 - 24.03.05 Tina Itkonen - Inughuit
24.06.04 - 30.08.04 Desiree Dolron - Xteriors
26.11.03 - 03.01.04 Laura Letinsky
24.09.03 - 22.11.03 Desiree Dolron - "Te dí todos mis su...
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Desiree Dolron - Xteriors
24.06.04 - 30.08.04
© Desiree Dolron
Colour coupler print on Endura Paper
Large: 125 x 165cm, edition of 8
The outstanding Dutch artist Desiree Dolron has produced a new series of images which has been three years in the making. Entitled Xteriors, this group of nine seamlessly constructed works have the quality of Old Master paintings, although they are in fact digital photographic composites of several different faces. The portrait Katya, seen here, is one of the first pieces made for this series and shows us the definitive direction that the project has taken. The series will be finally revealed in its entirety at the Michael Hoppen Gallery.
Dolron's aesthetic is intricately linked to the Flemish school of primitive portrait painters such as Petrus Christus, Rogier van der Weyden and the interior Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershoi. Dolron does not try to emulate their work but rather adapts the aesthetic to her 21st century vision, which is as complex in construction as the paintings themselves. Each piece of work is built using state-of-the-art digital technology, with the final results belying their true complexity. Like a painter, Dolron moves and mixes the objects and people who act within the tableaux by adding and changing elements within the frame: changing elements of their appearance with those of other people she has found to be more in keeping with her private dream of the final image. As with the Flemish painters she most admires, the work is covered again and again with the final images printed at nearly 6 feet high.
Dolron's previous projects have demonstrated her unique versatility as an artist, produced with an often astonishingly technical application. Images of religious rituals made whilst travelling in the Far East called 'Exhaltation'; her much admired series of Cuba 'I Give You All My Dreams' continues to create waves within the contemporary art and photography markets; and ‘Gaze’, her series of portraits taken under water, have all cemented her reputation as a powerful artist to be noted in an all too crowded arena.