Arie Hellendoorn

Genre: Contemporary Art

Country of Origin: Netherlands

Born 1980 in the Netherlands - immigrated to New Zealand in 1986. Holds a BFA with honours from Massey University, Wellington (2007).

Arie Hellendoorn's current focus is on the conventions of portraiture and representations of the human form. He is predominantly interested in the process of sampling and constructing portraits from found images located in books, photographs and the Internet. Within these images Hellendoorn creates compositions that incorporate his own painted language, creating a confrontation between the original meaning and often classical poses of the found images and their new context. As a result, the paintings themselves as objects/surfaces become meaningless and it is up to the viewer to imbue the paintings with meaning, which will inevitably change over time with its audience and its context.

Hellendoorn's work also questions the inward/outward organic nature of the human form, and its constant interactions with other agents and processes, both physically and cognitively. He uses colour, texture and pattern, which create visual cues to promote understanding of these processes. All physical features therefore decrease in relative importance to the thought processes that define the painted identity.

Arie Hellendoorn has exhibited widely in New Zealand since 2003 and will be having his first Australian solo exhibition in 2013. He will also be exhibiting a solo exhibition Pseudo Anatomical at the Waikato Museum, Hamilton, NZ and has recently been acquired by the James Wallace Trust in Auckland and the Wellington City Council Collection.

Source: sullivan+strumpf