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Ruud van Empel
Voyage Pittoresque #9 - Ruud van Empel (Colour Photography)

2019

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Voyage Pittoresque #9 - Ruud van Empel (Colour Photography) From an edition of 7 + 2 APs Signed and numbered on photographer's edition label on reverse Available in two sizes: 140 x 76cm / 220 x 110cm Mounting and framing available at an additional cost International shipping available Ruud van Empel (b. 1958) is one of the most innovative contemporary photographers working today. Van Empel’s pioneering techniques have completely changed the face of digital photography. Using a vast library of digital body parts, fabrics and foliage, van Empel creates dream-like photographic utopias, where nothing is exactly as it seems. Ruud van Empel is represented in the United Kingdom by Huxley-Parlour Gallery. Van Empel’s style has evolved through an ongoing exploration of the tension between straight photography and digital technology. His images are digitally constructed from a composite of hundreds of diverse fragments taken from his own photographs. He digitally dissects and reconstructs photographs to create his works, as each leaf, stem, petal or branch are carefully collaged together to produce entirely new worlds. Throughout his career, Ruud van Empel’s work has embraced a range of art historical references including Dutch Old Masters, German Renaissance painters and early photomontage artists. His working methods blend the techniques of painting, photography and collage; forcing his viewers to not only confront the problematic truth value of photography, but their own conceptions of the constructed and the ‘real’. His latest works, from the series Floresta Negra and Voyage Pittoresque, present synthesised, hybrid worlds, where looming flowers and oversized leaves become the focus of the compositions. Works from the 2018 series Floresta Negra, take as their subject nocturnal forest scenes, eerily backlit by starlight or by glistening bioluminescence. Voyage Pittoresque presents bountiful and lush land or waterscapes that overwhelm with a variety of complex colours and forms. Placing plants together that would not naturally coexist, van Empel also subtly alters the lighting and scale in his images in order to construct a variety of uncanny and impossible worlds. Following in the romantic tradition, van Empel’s highly-stylised digital collages seek out the sublime, the subjective and stirring experience of the natural world, and therefore engage with a contemporary disenchantment with urban and technological realities. Ruud van Empel was born in Breda, The Netherlands, in 1958. Van Empel’s work has been exhibited extensively and his work is held in the collections of several international galleries including MoPA Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, The Rijks Museum, Amsterdam and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel.

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