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9 June - 8 July

Dutch Masters of Light Erwin Olaf & Hendrik Kerstens

The Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Perth Centre for Photography are pleased to present Dutch Masters of Light, by Dutch photographers, Erwin Olaf and Hendrik Kerstens.

Dutch Masters of Light features work by the internationally acclaimed Dutch photographers, Hendrik Kerstens and Erwin Olaf. Inspired by the moody manipulation of light and shadow that characterises the paintings of Dutch masters such as Rembrandt and Vermeer, these photographers create emotionally charged portraits that draw attention to the liminal nature of contemporary life.

Dutch masters of light: Hendrik Kerstens and Erwin Olaf is part of a series of events that mark the 400th anniversary of the first Dutch contact with Western Australia. On 25 October 1616, Dirk Hartog made landfall with his ship the Eendracht at Dirk Hartog Island, in the Shark Bay area.

Hendrik Kerstens’ photographs were created from the desire to capture the relationship between every day scenes and events, projected against the images of Dutch painters of the seventeenth century. He extensively uses his daughter Paula in his images and the portraits are clearly reminiscent of Johannes Vermeer. The austerity of the photographs, its clarity and the characteristic ‘Dutch’ light all combine to create this impression. Kerstens creates a conceptual and humorous dialog between past and present.

Hendrik Kerstens earned a Taylor Wessing Photographic Prize in 2008 from the National Portrait Gallery in London. He also has had numerous important group and solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including the Danziger Gallery in Germany 2013, and galleries in Amsterdam, London, New York and Los Angeles. His photographs are included in the collection of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Erasmus University Rotterdam and in several well-known private collections.

Erwin Olaf has had numerous important group and solo exhibitions both nationally and internationally, including George Eastman House, Rochester, USA; Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; Chelsea Art Museum, New York; Museum voor Moderne Kunst Arnhem; Kunsthalle, Winterthur, Switzerland and the Museum of the City of New York, New York.

Olaf's visually sophisticated and conceptually provocative style has been embraced by both the editorial and advertising world. In 2010 Louis Vuitton commissioned Olaf for a portrait series in collaboration with the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. In 2012 Olaf shot the campaign for luxury fashion brand Bottega Veneta. In 2013, Erwin Olaf's design for the new national side of the Dutch euro coins was selected from 12 designs by competing artists.

For more information about the artists please visit the Erwin Olaf and Hendrik Kerstens websites. 

Images © the Artists (in order of top - bottom)Hendrik Kerstens, Erwin Olaf.