Hellen van Meene

Dutch, b. 1972

719 followers
Follow

Hellen van Meene

Dutch, b. 1972

719
Followers
Biography

In her light- and color-saturated photographs, Hellen van Meene captures adolescents in portraits at once elegant and awkward, effectively revealing the dignity and vulnerability of this tender time of life. Though she has made portraits of boys, she focuses on young women and adolescent girls, subjects she understands intimately. Always shooting in natural light and outside of the studio, van Meene works both close to home, with models she has known for years, and around the world, with unconventional-looking young people she discovers. Her photographs recall 17th-century Dutch paintings, with their exquisite, jewel-like details and glowing, light-washed quality. She approaches her subjects as if they were objects, carefully dressing and posing them, then allowing chance to intervene. As she describes: “In essence, it is about being open to images that are already there, regardless of your choreography or staging.”

Related Categories
Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
Guggenheim Museum, and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Flash Art
Biography

In her light- and color-saturated photographs, Hellen van Meene captures adolescents in portraits at once elegant and awkward, effectively revealing the dignity and vulnerability of this tender time of life. Though she has made portraits of boys, she focuses on young women and adolescent girls, subjects she understands intimately. Always shooting in natural light and outside of the studio, van Meene works both close to home, with models she has known for years, and around the world, with unconventional-looking young people she discovers. Her photographs recall 17th-century Dutch paintings, with their exquisite, jewel-like details and glowing, light-washed quality. She approaches her subjects as if they were objects, carefully dressing and posing them, then allowing chance to intervene. As she describes: “In essence, it is about being open to images that are already there, regardless of your choreography or staging.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Group
Group show at a major institution
Guggenheim Museum, and 1 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Flash Art
Articles Featuring Hellen van Meene
7 Masters on How to Be a Photographer
Oct 23rd, 2018
Hellen van Meene’s Photographs Capture the Awkward Elegance of Youth
Dec 16th, 2015
Navigate right