Today is the final day to see Spring Selections in our San Francisco gallery! Thank you to everyone who has already come out to see these wonderful works. If you haven’t yet, there is still time! Come visit us to see more works like this portrait by Hendrik Kerstens! We will be closed tomorrow in observance of Memorial Day.
Hendrik Kerstens’ portraits are of his daughter, Paula, and they deliberately cultivate an aesthetic borrowed from seventeenth century Dutch portrait painting. As a photographer, Kerstens is much like the Dutch masters who celebrate the ordinary through the treatment of light. Sometimes Kerstens' work takes a more traditional approach: Paula broods against a dark background while wearing a simple white head covering. Other times he employs a more contemporary tone: bonnets, wimples and lace hats are replaced with plastic bags, bubble wrap, lampshades, or paper towels. These photographs sit between irreverence and satire, leaning into both with sophistication. Spring Selections will be on view until 6pm today in our San Francisco gallery.
Kerstens has exhibited at acclaimed institutions around the world including: the National Portrait Gallery, London; the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA), San Diego, California; Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California; Erarta Museum, St. Petersburg; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Toronto; and the Whangarei Art Museum, New Zealand, among others. His work is in major public and private collections such as: the Santa Barbara Museum of Art; the Museum of Photography in The Hague; the Sir Elton John Photography Collection, London; the Caldic Collection, Rotterdam; and the Alexander McQueen Collection, London. Kerstens has won multiple awards, including: the Silver Portrait Photography of the Year Prize, Lead Awards, Germany, 2010; the Second Prize Winner of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, National Portrait Gallery, London, 2008; and the PANL Award, Netherlands, 2001.
Image: Green Turban, 2017, 40 x 30 in.
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