Jasper de Beijer

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Jasper de Beijer (1973) is seen as a leading figure of expanding the language of photography. The gallery is proud to represent his work. Since he graduated in 1997, he has been celebrated for his scale scenes and carefully assembled tableaux as material for his photographic images. He has since completed a total of 14 projects, each of them based upon either numerous reports of explorers, anthropologists and documentary filmmakers, or a study of landscape drawings, etchings and engravings from Dutch masters like Hercules Seghers, Jacob van Ruisdael, Rembrandt van Rijn and Vincent van Gogh. From 2017 on, De Beijer started mixing objects from the collection of ethnographic musea with video-gametechnology to create a virtual environment which is somewhere between a museum, a theatre and a photo archive. In this light De Beijer finished a six month residency at the WIELS institute, Brussels, where he has done research on the Africa museum in Tervuren. In 2019 his work was exhibited at Untitled Art Fair San Francisco and in the same year WIELS will host a large solo show of his works. In 2020 his work will be exhibited at the Centre Photographique Rouen in France in 2020.

Jasper de Beijer was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, in 1973. In 1992, De Beijer enrolled at the Amsterdam School of the Arts, from which he graduated in 1996. He went on to attend the final year of the Autonomous Design program of the Utrecht School of the Arts, where he graduated in 1997. During his time at the academy, De Beijer was a fanatic freehand sketcher, and this was also when the artist first started using scale models and carefully assembled tableaux as material for drawings and paintings. De Beijer’s fulllength photo series Buitenpost marked the first time he used models and staged scenes as a starting point for manipulated photographic images. He has since completed a total of eleven projects, all of which he built from the ground up in his Amsterdam studio. De Beijer’s work has been presented in numerous solo and group exhibitions, and is included in a large number of collections, including those of Bank of America and Rabobank. Institutions that have exhibited works by Jasper de Beijer or that represent him as a gallery include The Hague Museum of Photography, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, Museum Het Domein (Sittard), Asya Geisberg Gallery (New York), Galerie Ron Mandos (Amsterdam), Galerie Nouvelles Images (The Hague), Galerie TZR (Düsseldorf), and Studio d’Arte Cannaviello (Milan).

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