Given the extraordinary challenges now faced by the art world due to the worldwide virus crisis, the Cynthia Corbett Gallery will be featuring a new initiative to support artists: Artist of the Week. We at Cynthia Corbett Gallery take pride in supporting our artists and Young Masters Art Prize alumni by showcasing their works at international art fairs, gallery exhibitions and private appointments at our Wimbledon HQ.
In the spirit of generosity, patronage and support of the arts, to brighten up our collectors and supporters' lives as well as adding positivity through the healing power of art, we are pleased to launch Artist of the Week. This special feature highlights the continued tradition of Cynthia Corbett Gallery supporting emerging artists. In this light for the next 12 weeks we will be showcasing a selection of works by the artists we represent with a special price offer. Each week will be dedicated to one of our incredible talents, and we embark on this initiative beginning with Dutch photographer Isabelle van Zeijl.
At first glance, one might mistake van Zeijl's portraits for subversive portrayals of noblewomen painted by Dutch Golden Age Masters. Through the exploration and manipulation of the visual vocabulary of the past and the implementation of modern photographic technology, her work possesses a timeless beauty, transcending the boundaries of epoch and media. Confronting the significance of aesthetics throughout history and society, the artist produces the scenes entirely independently, from the costume design and makeup, to the lighting and editing.
Van Zeijl’s fascination for blending traditions, history, symbols, and craftsmanship has led her to the couture of award-winning, fashion designer Claes Iversen. In her work I Love Her, featured above,Van Zeijl highlights several alternative visions of femininity and presents women armed with beauty.
Isabelle's love for nature and metamorphosis is also identifiable in the rebellious way she reshapes Claes Iversen's dresses, which she sabotages into new forms. Iversen's ethereal couture in soft colour palettes hints at the ideal of the goddess whilst conveying the image of a fragile delicate woman. This tension of aesthetics suggests a soft armour.