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Ruud Van Empel, Analogy #1, 2016, Courtesy of Jackson Fine Art.
Ruud Van Empel, Theatre #9, 2013, Courtesy of Jackson Fine Art.

RUUD VAN EMPEL - PORTRAITS

Apr 28, 2017 — Jul 01, 2017

JACKSON
Paris Fair Exhibitor

3115 East Shadowlawn Avenue
30305 atlanta
naan@wnpxfbasvarneg.pbz
T +1 404 233 37 39
www.jacksonfineart.com
Fax +1 404 233 12 05

Opening Reception: Friday, April 28th, 6-8pm.
Artist Talk: Saturday, April 29th at 3:30pm, Jackson Fine Art.

Ruud van Empel’s striking large-format photomontages apply painterly precision and detail to a medium often derided in contemporary fine art photography — the digital composite. His youthful subjects and lush settings do not exist outside of van Empel’s Photoshop workspace, where the artist utilizes his own photographs of models in different settings and a large collection of images he has collected over time to create complex portraits of startling realism, marked by a tinge of the uncanny.

"Portraits", van Empel’s third exhibition at Jackson Fine Art, draws on two new series for which van Empel shifts away from the straightforward fantasy of earlier bodies of work in favor of a psychological contemplation of his subjects. Mood and Analogy recall van Empel’s Dutch artistic heritage through clasically posed portraits reminiscent of painted miniatures and distinguished by dark, earthy tones and dramatic chiarrascuro. Van Empel’s young inventions appear not lost in the world, but living in it, with all of the complexity and depth that entails.