5 Minutes With Katinka Lampe

In our new feature Five Minutes With… we ask artists to take 5 minutes out of their day to answer some questions through which we get to know them better.  What is their go to song while working in the studio? Which single work of art would they choose to live alongside in their home? And what projects are they currently working on?

Today we have 5 Minutes With Katinka Lampe. 

Which single work of art (from ancient to modern) would you choose to live alongside in your home, and why?

“I would definitely choose a large Mark Rothko. I would get rid of all my furniture except for the Afra and Tobia Scarpa Soriana sofa.”



What is your go-to song when you’re working in the studio? How does it make you feel when you’re working, and how does it connect to your working process?

“Henry Purcell’s Music for a while, this piece brings me to myself. My heartbeat goes down and it brings focus on my own world.”


What is your favorite gallery or museum space around the world, and why?

“Tate Modern, they adapt in time and everything seems possible.”



Top three art or photography books?

“At this moment only two:
Georges de La Tour
30 Coiffures de Paris Mode 72”

What projects are you currently working on?

“The production of my book  Do you like me now? about 20 years of work and 20 years of cooperation with the gallery. To be released mid-December.

12 unique works to go as a special edition by the new book

A work in multiple, a print with piezography, also for the book

A solo show in Los Angeles at Path Galeries, somewhere September 2022

A group show in London, at Workplace Gallery focused on the female figure and how this is interpreted and represented through the sensibility and lenses of women artists today. Mid/end November 2021″

A trip to New York is planned; I am preparing an artist talk for the finissage of my solo show at Elizabeth Houston Gallery”

ABOUT Katinka Lampe

Born in 1963 in Tilburg, NL
Lives and works in Rotterdam, NL

Katinka Lampe 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 often uses accessories loaded with connotation to provoke loose characterizations of theme and mood. The imposed roles played by her models, their poses, expressions, and their way of being dressed, mostly copied from magazines, the internet or old master paintings, obscure their personality and provoke deeper and subjective meaning in the minds of the viewers. Through these juxtapositions the artist explores important societal themes relating to identity, aging, color, and the ever-growing dependence on media.

Katinka Lampe is an artist based in Rotterdam, 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 Arnhem, Arnhem,NL: Museum Van Loon, Amsterdam, NL; Singer Museum, Laren, NL, Museum Jan Cunen, Oss, NL ; Untitled Art San Francisco, USA and Untitled, Art, Miami Beach, USA. Her work is included in the collections of 21C Museum Hotels, USA; West Sun Capital Collection, Montreal,CA: Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, NL; APMA, AmorePacific Museum of Art Seoul, KR; Museum van Loon, Amsterdam, NL; C.N.A.P Centre National des Arts Plastique, Paris, FR; Museum More, Gorssel, NL; Schunck*, Heerlen, NL; Akzo Nobel Art Foundation, Amsterdam,Nl; De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam, NL; ING Collection, Amsterdam, NL; Art Curial, Paris, FR; Frisseras Museum Athens, GR, and Cobra to Contemporary/The Brown Family Collection.