“Back Room Artists” Steal the Show at Joanne Artman
Anja Van Herle
Limited edition print
36 x 36 inches
A sudden flash of bright, vivid eyes. A toss of exquisitely styled hair and chic, oversized sunglasses with a touch of Swarovski crystals. These are the timeless moments when we encounter high fashion, and artist Anja Van Herle has caught them all and more in her remarkable body of work mixing both classical and contemporary ideas of fashion. Van Herle specializes in large-scale paintings featuring beautiful, idealized faces, often framed with elegant eyewear. “If the eyes are the window to the soul, then glasses are more than just an accessory; they’re an extension of one’s personality. The use of sunglasses in my work allows me to define my subjects and infuse each composition with a vibrant juxtaposition of color.”
ANJA VAN HERLE
Born in Belgium in 1969, Van Herle’s early interest in fashion design led her to a career in the arts. In 1987, she enrolled in Belgium’s prestigious Higher Institute for Art Education where she earned a Master’s of Fine Arts in Painting. In 2003, Van Herle relocated to Los Angeles, where she now concentrates on playful figurative paintings that combine a European sense of high fashion with an American sense of wonder. As timelessly chic as Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Van Herle’s women are playfully sexy, and their expressions and eyes tell stories that go far beyond the simple exhibition of fine fashion. In Van Herle’s masterful hands, fashion becomes alive. “These women—they feel.”
Anja Van Herle's work currently hangs in galleries alongside Jeff Koons, Andy Warhol, Banksy, and Basquiat. Additionally, she’s shown with Shepard Fairey, Retna, Damien Hirst, Chuck Close and Victoria’s Secret fashion photographer Russell James.
Check Oliver Cole Gallery website for more information and gallery info.
Belgian, b. 1969, Belgium, based in Los Angeles, California