The Dutch couple based in Rotterdan Schilte & Portielje works beautifully together. Jacqueline Portielje, who studied painting and Huub Schilte, an architect by training, met in 1975 and have inspired each other ever since. They create a particular world of black and white pictures with solitary and sometimes distant looking figures in the center. Their likenesses could easily be interpreted as the result of a process used in the days of analogic photography but they explore computers as a resource for artistic expression. They discovered more than just a digital dark room: a tool box to work on photographic images like a sketch artist or a painter would do. But their artwork, mainly women bodies with peculiar contortion (
showing backs combined with fronts), “idiosyncratic” extremities and elaborate Haute-Couture style clothes, actually reveal something else… they are surreal and artfully constructed! Mysteriously incredible!
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