Yasser Ballemans

Yasser Ballermans’ sculptures and installations are readily understood in terms of some of the dominant approaches to contemporary sculpture in the Netherlands, many of which underscore the close relationship between sculpture and architecture within the culture. But, if we look a little more closely at his work, there are a number of eclectic strands that…

Claire de Jong

Claire de Jong‘s exhibited work is an intentional reference to  the beguinage medieval culture of the Low Countries where women – often widowed– lived together communally in a semi-religious orders. It is also typically where they produced lace. The beguinage communities offered a pre-feminist emancipation to middle-class widows – who could take their inheritances with…

Bouke de Vries

Bouke de Vries literally works with the stuff of which Hollandmania was made; prized antique Dutch ceramics of exactly the sort for which the British aristocracy and merchant classes developed an insatiable appetite after William & Mary came to the throne in 1689. Well, to be more accurate, Bouke de Vries works with hundreds of…

Alex Hudson

While much has been discussed about artists working with ‘the archive’ in other media, there has been relatively little discussion about painters who use archival material other than as sources for works in their signature style; discussions about painting that takes in the more fragmented way that we have seen in practices deploying other media….

Carla Arocha + Stéphane Schraenen

The practice of Carla Arocha + Stéphane Schraenen is broad, including sculpture, photography, installation, works on paper and even the occasional performance. Although much of their work tends towards the non-representational, abstracted geometries or ideas relating to pattern, theirs is an eclectic practice in which the recognisable and familiar are not excluded. Similarly, Arocha +…

Vanessa Van Obberghen

Vanessa Van Obberghen frequently seems to zoom in on a world in transition. The world of the migrant and migration (what could be more about transition?) is one strand in her work that has been highlighted. But she is just as likely to focus her camera on contemporary Africa or elsewhere entirely on its own…

Boris van Berkum

The work of the Rotterdam-based artist Boris van Berkum defies easy reading. Occasionally steadfastly against the grain of dominant Dutch conceptual thinking – which, let’s face it, makes it supremely Dutch in a culture where standing ‘against’ something is almost a national defining attribute- his work regales predominant discourses, claiming the craft-orientated moral high ground…

Janice McNab

Janice McNab is what one might validly describe as an émigré. A Scottish artist of impeccable artistic and academic credentials, she is a painter who went to the Netherlands to undertake a residency and simply never came home. And those with a little nous for these things would argue that both cultures are wealthier by…

Brigitte Stepputtis

Brigitte Stepputtis’ creative practices span fashion design, creative direction and visual art. Brigitte is arguably best known for her role as Head of Couture at Britain’s most influential fashion house, Vivienne Westwood, a post she has held for over 20 years. As a solo artist, Brigitte Stepputtis’ practice is not easily categorised. It spans installation,…

Jemima Brown

Jemima Brown’s practice is eclectic, deploying sculpture, drawing, painting and even animation or sound. But identity of one form or another – personal, social or even anthropological- are usually at the centre of her work. Initially known for her DIY form of genetic engineering that saw her create a life-size twin sister for herself (Dolly,…