Casper Faassen (NL, 1975)
Painter and photographer Casper Faassen grew up in Leiden, The Netherlands, where he developed his love the fine arts, inspired by the realistic, classical paintings of once Leiden-based painters such as Gerard Dou, Rembrandt and Jan Steen.
Solo and group-exhibitions at institutions such as Museum de Lakenhal in Leiden, The Japan Museum Leiden and Fotografiska Stockholm gave him broad recognition. Besides photography, Faassen works with painting and lithography. Portraits, landscapes, nudes, cityscapes and flowers, all traditional 17th century Dutch painterly subjects, are translated in his unique figurative language. In his paintings and photography beauty is a central theme. The silent, eternal and beautiful is set against a background of apparent decay: Vanitas. Decay is visible in the handling of materials, not necessarily in the subject presented. His photographs are built up like paintings with different imaginary and physical layers, giving the viewer a feeling of distance and at the same time a voyeuristic presence. Both the paintings and the photo works are purified and rich at the same time, striving to have iconic value.
For the Morandi Series (2018), Faassen drew inspiration from the world-renowned artist Giorgio Morandi (1890-1964). In the 1940s and 50s Morandi created a large amount of still life paintings in subtle and tonal colours. His subjects were vases, glasses and jars that he kept in his studio. The still lives are almost an ode to painting itself, where Morandi explores the very essence of the medium. In this series, by channeling Morandi, Faassen puts the focus on the essence of his own work, the meeting place of painting and photography. With the varying arrangements of objects in the same muted tones as the Italian master, Faassen brings his work to a new simplicity – and to new heights.