Katinka Lampe’s new paintings point to the vast body of contemporary images we all commonly know from magazines, newspapers and other media. It is possible to discern three different themes in her work, as has been done in this exposition. Certain pieces relate to more than one theme at the same time.

Her paintings depict children and adolescents in culturally and socially loaded attire, such as headscarves, capes, balaclavas or with suggestive make-up. Is there concealed within this imagery the purposeful attempt to shock the viewer? What do these visual combinations of youthful innocence and socially loaded signifiers say about Western preconceptions.

All these questions and more are raised in Katinka Lampe’s work. In spite of this however, neither the subjects of her portraits, nor their socially charged appearance, are the core theme of her work. Lampe strives to create images that agitate and unsettle the viewer and that are also consciously detached from reality. Her working process lends itself to creating such a result. She first photographs models in specific poses and attire. When she then starts to paint, any concrete link with reality is lost: children & adolescents appearing in unlikely but also disturbing ways. Katinka Lampe’s portraits are visual statements: a collection of pictorial fragments systematically combined to confront the viewer and disrupt his or her normal modes of perception.

Aside from these paintings, a careful selection of work will be presented by artists whose oeuvre has a special relation to Lampe’s work. These include work by Charles Fréger, Michelle Sank and Ruud van der Peijl.


ABOUT Katinka Lampe

Katinka Lampe (1963, Tilburg, NL) traverses the realms of figurative, expressionist, and abstract painting in her soft, yet uncanny, portraits. Her works, though imbued with a sense of realism, are not meant to represent those that they depict. Resemblance is not the defining characteristic of these pieces. Instead, the artist sees the figures as visual impressions that, once transformed by her gaze, become representative of larger themes within society, rather than the individual. Lampe uses accessories loaded with connotation to provoke loose characterizations of theme and mood. The seemingly simple inclusion of wigs and false lashes, or the placement of a scarf, alter the interpretation of the children depicted and imply elevated symbolic and metaphorical status that requires deeper interpretation. The result creates a catalyst to provoke deeper and subjective meaning in the minds of the viewers. Through these juxtapositions the artist explores important societal themes relating aging, race, and the ever-growing dependence on media.

Katinka Lampe is an artist based out of The Netherlands. She received her degree from the Academy of Art and Design St. Joost in ‘s Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands. Her work has been widely exhibited internationally in a variety of galleries, museums, and prominent art fairs such as Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam, Gorcums Museum, Gorinchem, and Untitlled Art Fair, Miami Beach. Her work is included in the collections of Museum 21C, United States; Museum Arnhem, Arnhem; APMA, AmorePacific Museum of Art Seoul, Korea; Salon Dahlmann, Berlin; Museum van Loon, Amsterdam; C.N.A.P Centre National des Arts Plastique, Paris; Museum More, Gorssel; Schunck*, Heerlen; De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam; Art Curial, Paris; Frisseras Museum Athens, Greece; and in many other prominent collections. Lampe’s work has been featured in numerous publications including ArtTravel Magazine, ELLE Décor, and Public Art Magazine, among others.