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Casper is a visual artist that grew up in the Netherlands, where he developed his love for drawing and painting, inspired by the classical paintings of Leiden-based painters such as Rembrandt, Dou and van Goyen. Casper’s unique style, mixing photography with painted layers in his work and juxtaposing the subject (beauty) with form (decay), has gained praise from critics as well as the public. Recently, Fotografiska Museum in Stockholm and Japanmuseum Sieboldhuis in Leiden hosted solo exhibits of Casper’s work. His ‘view on The Hague’ and ‘view on Dordrecht’ were featured next to Jan van Goyen’s original masterpieces in the The Hague Historical Museum and the Dordrecht Museum respectively. Portraits, landscapes, nudes, cityscapes and flowers, all traditional 17th century Dutch painterly subjects, are translated in his unique gurative language. His paintings can be seen as large- scale drawings on walls or ‘objets trouvées’.
Beauty is a central theme. The silent, eternal and beautiful is set against a background of apparent decay: ‘Vanitas’. Decay is visible in the handling of materials, not necessarily in the subject presented. His photographs are built up like paintings with different imaginary and physical layers, giving the viewer a feeling of distance and at the same time a voyeuristic presence. Both the paintings and the photo works are purifid and rich at the same time, striving to have iconic value.

 

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His work has been exhibited at numerous international art fairs such as Photo Basel, Photo London, Unseen & PAN Amsterdam. His work is featured in private as well as public collections such as the Frans Hals Museum (Haarlem), Museum de Lakenhal (Leiden) and the Dutch Royal Library (The Hague).

 

“Casper’s work deals with beauty as well as melancholy. His women are aesthetic archetypes, but are portrayed behind and extra layer of either fog or glass, that creates a distance between the admirer and the subject. Casper technically reinforces this feeling of nostalgia by adding a layer of craquelure: by placing a layer of fast-drying acrylic paint on a layer of slow-drying oil paints, the surface ‘cracks’ and a dark coat of paint further highlights this sense of longevity.

 

By implementing this technique, Casper refers to the tradition theme of ‘Vanitas’, widely used in 17th-century painting: unlit candles, withered flowers, bubbles, skulls, fallen glasses and other symbols that represent the transience of earthly existence. By working with these traditional artistic subjects and themes, Casper places himself in a long line of painters who have transferred inspiration from one generation to the next.”
– Meta Knol, director Museum de Lakenhal

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2017 | Amsterdam Fleeting Images. Photographic works by Casper Faassen, Kahmann Gallery

2015 | Solo exhibition ‘Seisui’ Kahmann Gallery

2012 | ‘Where beauty’s veil..’ Galerie Pien Rademakers, Amsterdam

2011 | ‘Hover throug the fog and filthy air’, Project 2.0, The Hague

2011 | New Paintings, Galerie Dessers, Leuven, Belgium

2009 | ‘Noir’ Kunsthuizen, Leiden

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017 | Art New York with Amstel Gallery

2016 | Affordable Art Fair London Battersea with Retrospect Galleries

2015 | Photo Market, Fotografiska Museum , Stockholm

2015 | Photo London, Kahmann Gallery

2015 | KunstRai, Amsterdam

2015 | Affordable Art Fair Stockholm and Hamburg with Retrospect Galleries

2014 | Unseen, Amsterdam

2014 | Sky! group show in Museum De Hallen, Haarlem

2014 | PAN Amsterdam, Kahmann Gallery

2013 | RAW Art Fair, Rotterdam, Galerie Pien Rademakers

2013 | Gallery Weekend Berlin, Galerie Pien Rademakers

2013 | Affordable Art Fairs, Hong Kong and New York, Acquest Arte, Switzerland

2013 | ‘In de Familiekamer’

2012 | Realisme Art Fair, Amsterdam, Galerie Pien Rademakers

2012 | RAW Art Fair, Rotterdam, Galerie Pien Rademakers

2012 | PAN Amsterdam, Galerie Pien Rademakers

2012 | KunstRai, Amsterdam, Galerie Pien Rademakers

2012 | AAF Amsterdam, Galerie Kunsthuizen

2011 | Last Judgement, Scheltema Complex/Museum Lakenhal Leiden

2010 | Art Chicago, Amstel Gallery

2009 | Lineart, Gent Belgium, Galerie Dessers

 

AWARD and COLLECTIONS

Talent of the year 2007, Artist of the year election, Netherlands

Museum De Lakenhal, Leiden | Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem | Royal Library, The Hague


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