In contemporary art circles beauty is downright suspicious. Stern critics and Spartan aesthetes label beauty as decoration’s flashy cousin, a camouflage devised to compensate for a lack of conceptual depth. However, some disagree; Isabelle van Zeijl is an artist who resists this prevalent, Calvinist attitude. To her beauty is a necessity, an antidote to everyday drudgery and a source of inspiration. She is fascinated by the art of the past and different perspectives on beauty through the ages. Boundaries fade as she blends techniques and idioms of the Old Masters with present-day aesthetics to create striking portraits. Digitally composing her photographs like a painter by using techniques of the past, her work never compromises on authenticity. Though she is both creator, object and subject, her photographs reach beyond the genre of self-portraiture, creating a timeless vision of female beauty.
Van Zeijl has shown work continuously and internationally over the past ten years, represented by galleries located in The Netherlands, Belgium, and New York and exhibiting at emerging and established international art fairs in New York, Miami, London, Germany, Belgium, Sweden and Italy. She was nominated for the Prix De La Photographie Paris, and The Fine Art Photography Awards. Her work is held in private collections in the USA, UK, Belgium, Germany, and The Netherlands.
Featured image: Isabelle van Zeijl, Is That Her, 2015, C-type print, 96.5 x 100cm (38 x 39.5in.), edition of 7