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Exhibition -

Louise te Poele - La tête de Marie Antoinette est tombé

Louise te Poele - La tête de Marie Antoinette est tombé

Exhibition overview:

21 Feb - 28 Mar 2015

TORCH gallery

On Saturday the 21 st of February TORCH will proudly open La tête de Marie Antoinette est tombé, the first solo-exhibition by Louise te Poele at the gallery. The exhibition will focus on her series of still-lifes inspired by the light found in paintings by old Dutch masters. Louise has made it a habit to collect completely unrelated things, ranging from trash in her studio to exotic fish found at her local oriental supermarket. Using these objects she creates dynamic compositions that amount to far more than the sum of their parts. They are classic still-lifes, detached from Vanitas and vanity.

In terms of her career Louise te Poele is developing quickly. She sold her first piece as an art academy student – a portrait of a boyfriend wearing a pantyhose over his head – to the director of the Museum Arnhem. Now her second solo-exhibition at this museum is planned for next summer. After her graduation from the Artex Academy in Arnhem in 2008 she received her Start Stipendium from the BKVD fund, and she was able to publish her first publication using a contribution by the Prince Bernhard Culture fund. During 2010-2011 she was the artists in residence at Schloss

Ringenberg in Germany. She has had exhibitions in Amsterdam, Marseille, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Berling. This year she joined TORCH and she is working on an informative app for museums.


However , this fruitful career is not the result of carefully made plans. Louise likes to let her mind wander and to keep possibilities open. She scours the world, looking for objects, views and inspiration. By doing so she gradually broadens her vision. Her first works were mainly portraits of people close to her, such as the inhabitants of her home town or befriended party-goers. Then, in 2011, she decided to dedicate herself to the still-life, allowing for a maximum of free association. In the mean time she has found a pictorial language that is very much her own. In it, aesthetics and symbolism support and emphasize each other. Her associative arrangements of images are the results of hundreds of hours spent fiddling behind a screen and in her studio. This obsession to detail has been part of her ever since childhood. As a young dyslectic she embraced the thought of speaking through form as opposed to written language.


After the opening on the 21 st of February La tête de Marie Antoinette est tombé  will be open to the public until Saturday the 28th of March. The gallery will be open on Thurs/Fri/Sat, from 12 to 6 pm, and by appointment. For further information and images you can contact the gallery, or visit Louise's website.