Katinka Lampe’s heavily mediated portraits are an exploration into the masks people wear to fit in, and the challenges of looking past the surface both in paintings and in human relationships. Interested in portraiture as a mean to reflect on the legacy of painting as well as important societal themes relating to identity, aging and gender representation, Lampe’s uncanny depictions of people never strive to achieve an accurate representation of their subjects. By guiding her models to play specific roles, suggesting their poses and expressions to resemble those seen in magazines, social media or old master paintings, Lampe interferes with the identity of those depicted and moves further away from representation as the subject of her paintings. The models in Lampe’s paintings are often adorned by jewelleries, accessories and patterned garments, which chosen by the artist, attempt to separate the depiction from the identity of those represented and instil the images with a sense of artificiality. These items, often repositories of personal histories and one’s own individuality, when mediated by the artist become catalysts to explore issues around the process of identity formation in a society that is ever-growingly dependent on media.

 

Using a wide array of painting methods, from classical underpainting to layered stencils, cut from her drawings, Lampe confers an uncanny flatness to her subjects. Her paintings are finished by large brushstrokes aimed at removing the artist’s hand from the work to allow the viewer a greater freedom in the interpretation of her subjects. Through this process Lampe creates portraits that appear suspended in time, as they at once traverse the realms of figuration and abstraction to question the fragility of human emotions and connections.

 

KATINKA LAMPE

b.1963, Tilburg, NL

Lives and works in Rotterdam, NL

 

Education

1988 Academy of Art and Design St Joost, Hertogenbosch, NL

 

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2022

Anima Mundi, Workplace, London, UK

2021

Bubble, Elizabeth Houston Gallery, New York, USA

2020

Anonymity, Leeahn Gallery, Daegu, KR

If I Were A Boy, Elizabeth Houston Gallery, New York, USA

Sign of the Times, Jan Cunen Museum, Oss, NL

Slow, Galerie Ron Mandos, Amsterdam, NL

2019  

Instadentity, Galerie Les filles du calvaire, Paris, FR

Out of Office, Singer Museum, Laren, NL

2018  

Let’s Change History, Elizabeth Houston Gallery, New York, USA

The Story After, Galerie Les filles du calvaire, Paris, FR

2017

In Times of Bigotry, Ron Mandos Gallery, Amsterdam, NL 

2016  

Galerie Les filles du calvaire, Paris, FR

Slash, Galerie Les filles du calvaire, Paris, FR

2015

Femina, or the Reappropriation of Models, Pavillon Vendôme, Clichy, FR

2014  

A Woman Next Door, Galerie Les filles du Calvaire, Paris, FR

Children’s Portraits, Museum van Loon, Amsterdam, NL

2013  

Do You Like Me Now?, Ron Mandos Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

Wannabe, Galerie Les filles du calvaire, Paris, FR

2012  

Freeze Pose, Leeahn Gallery, Daegu, KR

Love Your Looks, Lieux Communs, Namur, BE

2010  

Kate, Bob & Luca, De Kunsthal Rotterdam, Rotterdam, NL

Look at me, look me in the eyes, Van de Berge, Goes, NL

O You Who Believe, Ron Mandos gallery, Amsterdam, NL

2008

Rebel and Saint, Galerie Les filles du calvaire, Brussels, BE

2007

Old Masters, Gangs and Fashion Models, Ron Mandos Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

La postura, My name’s Lolita, Art Galerie Madrid, ES

Pose, Galerie Les filles du calvaire, Paris, FR

2006

Katinka Lampe, Galerie van den Berge, Goes, NL

2005

Amaco, Amsterdam, NL

2004

Rob de Vries Gallery, Haarlem, NL 

2003

Ron Mandos Gallery, Rotterdam, NL

2002

Katinka Lampe, Galerie Van Wijngaarden-Hakkens, Amsterdam, NL

Ron Mandos Gallery, Rotterdam, NL

2001

Van Wijngaarden-Hakkens Gallery, Amsterdam, NL

 

Selected Group Exhibitions

2022
Kaleidoscope, Workplace, London, UK

Reflections, Part 1: Female Figures by Women Artists, Workplace, London, UK

All Eyes, AkzoNobel Art Foundation, Amsterdam, NL

2021

London Art Fair, Bo.Lee Gallery, London, UK

2019  

Art Brussels, Ron Mandos Gallery, Brussels, BE

Art Rotterdam, Ron Mandos Gallery, Rotterdam, NL

2018  

Art Brussels, Galerie Les filles du calvaire, Brussels, BE

2017  

Colours of Diversity, Hungarian National Museum, Budapest, HU

Untitled Art, Miami Beach, Ron Mandos Gallery, Miami, USA

Audience Favourites, Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, NL

Painting, Leeahn Gallery, Daegu, KR

Art Brussels, Ron Mandos Gallery, Brussels, BE

I Am Not I: Famous and Forgotten Portraits, Sinebrychoff Art Museum. Finnish National Gallery, Helsinki, FI

2016

What’s Behind That Painted Smile, de Vishal, Haarlem, NL

2015

Into the Light, Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, NL

With Heart and Soul, DREEF Exposities, Haarlem, NL

2013

WHITE: Photography, Art, Design, and Fashion, The Nederlands Fotomuseum

Rotterdam, NL

2012

Collectors’ Items No.4 'Reconnaissance - Dutch Collectors’, The Embassy of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands, London, UK

Figuratively, Musée d’Hilversum, Hilversum, NL

Forever Yours, Museum Schunck, Heerlen, NL

2011

So Be It, Art contemporain, Eglise Saint Loup, Namur, BE

2010

The Best Dutch Book Designs, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, NL

2009

Portraits of the 20th Century, Musée Gorcums, Gorinchem, NL

2008

The New Force in Painting, Frissiras Museum, Athenes, GR

Visual Moods, Museum Schunck, Heerlen, NL

Next Chicago, Ron Mandos Gallery, Rotterdam, NL

2005

See the man..., Musée Gorcum, Gorinchem, NL

2003

De Watertoren, Vlissingen, NL

2002

Gala of the Year, Ron Mandos Gallery, Rotterdam, N 

2001

Portraits, CBK, Rotterdam, NL

 

Press and Publications

2022

Staging Identity with Katinka Lampe, Plinth UK

2018

ArtTravel Magazine #79

2017

International Art Exhibition 2017

2015

Esther Darley, Against the Light, Museum Arnhem, Marc Mulders & Katinka Lampe

De Gelderlander, Beauty as a means of being touched, Marco van Nek

Collect, Kunst moet bezweren, Iris de Feyter

2014

GRACE, Léa Bismuth

Volkskrant, Weekly Report on what is going on in the art world, Jeanne Prisser

Het Financieel Dagblad, Persoonlijk, Kinderkopjes; De kinderen van Van Loon

2010

Katinka Lampe. Kate, Bob & Luca, Kristien Henmmerechts, Waanders

 

Selected Collections

Museum 21C, USA

Museum Arnhem, Arnhem, NL

ASR Collections, Utrecht, NL

ING Collection, Amsterdam, NL

APMA, Amorepacific Museum of Art, Seoul, KR

Salon Dahlmann, Berlin, DE

Museum van Loon, Amsterdam, NL

Centre National des Arts Plastique, Paris, FR

Museum More, Gorssel, NL

Museum Schunck, Heerlen, NL

De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam, NL

Art Curial, Paris, FR

Frisseras Museum, Athens, GR

Menzis Art Collection, Wageningen,NL

AEGON Art Collection, The Hague, NL

Achmea Art Collection,Leiden, NL

APG Pensioenfonds, Amsterdam, NL

AKZO Art Foundation, Amsterdam, NL

Igal Ahouvi Art Collection, Tel Aviv, UK