“I like to paint people. I like reading them simply by watching them” – Sophie Kuijken.
At first glance, Sophie Kuijken paints portraits. But these representations are anything but innocuous. The artist constructs her works by collecting images gleaned from the internet. She uses photographs of people who inspire her and by multiplying identities, creates singular personalities. The ambiguity of these images is accompanied by a great concern for precision, revealed by the fold of a garment, the choice of a colour, and Kujiken’s mastery of the play of shadows and lights — indeed, her technical painting style is inherited from the tradition of Flemish art. This is a gallery of individuals whose looks both trouble and fascinate; these imagined beings question our relationship with others.
After working in confidentiality for nearly 20 years, Sophie Kuijken is finally publishing her first book. Her works are now recognised internationally. This book accompanied a major exhibition at the Galerie Nathalie Obadia in Paris and Art Brussels in 2017.