Hendrik Kerstens

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Hendrik Kerstens’ (1956) oeuvre consists of a consequent sequence of portraits from his daughter, each time with a different angle, meaning or purpose. In the hemisphere of the radically realist paintings of the Dutch Golden Age, Kerstens explores the photograph as a surface, a platform to study contemporary ordinary objects and its meaning in historical tradition. With his typical selection for down-to-earth forms of headwear, from a napkin, a wet towel, spheres of lace to folded aluminium foil, he recalls how daily life has always been an integral subject of art, whether in the 17th or in 21st century. Her luminous skin and distinctively Dutch features are modelled by light falling as if through a window outside the image frame.

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