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Barbara de Vries

The Dutch artist Barbara de Vries mastered at the Rietveld Academie and the St. Joost Academie in graphic art, industrial design and theatre design. Although she worked with several famous theatres, Barbara finally got specialised in photography. The atmosphere in her work is a midway between fantasy and reality. Her images are mostly blurred, out of focus, with glimpses of reality. The Dutch curator Maarten Bertheux wrote as follow about her work: ‘Work of Francis Bacon and Marlene Dumas are relevant for the work of Barbara de Vries. Her work contains digital, manipulated, photographic material printed on Japanese paper. She combines and deforms her photographs in order to create her layered images. When she uses soft contours it brings in mind an aquarellist way of painting, a style De Vries used frequently before she started to use the computer as a tool in her photographic work. Her background as a stage designer has also influenced her actual work. This experience appears in the theatrical and dramatic setting and in the way she manipulates the light. In the photographic work there can be a clear definition of space, but equally she uses an indistinct space that can vary from a sfumato like space to a space where figures seem to float in. The figures are constructed out of several limbs and elements that are reconstructed in a new way, creating a new figuration. It seems as it is the capability of De Vries to crawl under the skin of her models and analyze the basic psycho and character of the person she is working with. The photography of Barbara de Vries evoke feelings of hope, desire and consolation.

Education

Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam – The Netherlands St.Joost Academie, Breda – The Netherlands

Group Exhibitions (selected)

2015 Morren Galleries, Amsterdam – The Netherlands 2013 Gallery Eewal, Amsterdam – The Netherlands 2013 Morpho Gallery, Amsterdam – The Netherlands 2013 Gallery Bogert, Knokke – Belgium 2012 Gallery Judy Straten, Horst – The Netherlands 2012 Gallery M.Husstege, Den Bosch – The Netherlands 2012 Gallery Baudelaire, Antwerp – Belgium 2011 Koornmarktspoort, Kampen – The Netherlands 2010 Gallery Eewal, Amsterdam – The Netherlands 2010 Gallery de Kapberg, Egmond a.d. Hoef – The Netherlands 2010 Museo de Algerineo / Jan Katuin – Spain 2010 Stedelijk Museum Kampen – The Netherlands 2008 Gallery M.Husstege, Den Bosch – The Netherlands 2008 Gallery Judy Straten, Horst – The Netherlands 2006 Anderwereld / Katuin, Groningen – The Netherlands 2006 Gallery de Kapberg, Egmond a.d. Hoef – The Netherlands 2006 De Groene Poort, Middenbeemster – The Netherlands 2006 Gallery Olieslagers, Boxtel – The Netherlands 2006 Mac, Aalsmeer – The Netherlands 2004 De Groene Poort, Middenbeemster – The Netherlands 2004 Het Oude Raadshuis, Aalsmeer – The Netherlands

Art Fairs (selected)

2015 Grote Amsterdamse Kunstkalender 2015 Contemporary Art Festival, Orange Water, Chania – Greece 2015 YipArt Fotoveiling 2015 Saatchi Art - Featured in the In-Focus New Photography Collection 2014 AAF/Judy Straten 2012 Realistenbeurs, Gallery Anderwereld 2012 Art Antique 2012 Kunstrai/Gallery Anderwereld 2011 Art Antique en Loods 6 / Gallery Eewal – The Netherlands 2011 Noorderlicht / Gallery Onderwereld 2011 PAN / Gallery M.Husstege – The Netherlands 2008 Art Madrid / Jan Katuin – Spain

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