Frank van Driel:
Brasserie on the Eighth
Conrad Hong Kong
20-30 April 2018
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
About the Exhibition
Frank van Driel (Leiden, 1966) creates contemporary still life stories with a stylized reality using photography.
In a subtle way he questions current events concerning nature, nature conservation, food and food scarcity with a great passion for purity.
In his layered work therefore you can find new elements over and over again. This he accomplishes mainly with the help of 17th-century symbolism, movement and by deliberately omitting key elements. He likes to refer to Flemish and Dutch paintings from the 17th century because of the use of light and the symbolism.
Now Frank tells new contemporary stories that he finds need to be told.
Frank’s atelier dating back to the year 1424 lies in the heart of the medieval city centre of’s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands.
For creating his still life pieces Frank only uses daylight and no photoshop. Nature is a great source of inspiration for the traditional-looking still lifes.
Hidden visual messages reflect his view of the world. With an eye for sustainability and special details, the serene photographs connect past, present and future with each other.
Series: The Marriage
“Almost all works in this series have a OLD, NEW, BORROWED and BLUE elements in it. BLUE is sometimes Delftware I borrow from private collectors and art dealers such as Robert Aronson. In this occasion however, the hand painted Oysters by designer Dieuwke Parlevliet take a prominent role.
In this still-life not one of the object is ‘touching’ each other. Even the shades are balanced in a way that nothing touches. For me it is also a kind of visual representation of mself. A solist who likes to be on its own, but also knows how to connect. The un-balance of the arrangement is somehow counterbalanced by putting the small tin dish at the table’s utmost front left corner. This is something people often feel when they look at the piece. And rightly so. If one flake of salt or one peppercorn was to be added the dish would most certainly fall.”
About the Artist
Frank van Driel
Fine Art Photographer
According to his concept of harvest-shoot-eat, acquired and borrowed objects find a new function and interplay with game, fish, flowers and fruits.
After arranging and photographing the tableau nothing goes to waste. The circular economy is deeply embedded in his way of life.
The autonomous work of Frank van Driel is included in collections of companies and private collectors.
In addition, his work is published in magazines and presented at leading art fairs at home and abroad.