BIOGRAPHY

 

Isabelle van Zeijl is an established mid-career international acclaimed artist. Recognized for her mastery to create striking self portraits with depth and meaning who enriches life, possessing lasting and impressionable depth and value. 

 

Van Zeijl dips into the post-modern to craft a vision of feminine power that will have you questioning both historical and 21st-century concepts of beauty. Van Zeijl produces the scenes entirely independently, she is both model, creator, object and subject. Her work  possesses a timeless beauty, transcending the boundaries of epoch and media. 

 

As a women she experiences prejudices against women; misogyny in numerous ways including sex discrimination, belittling, violence against women and sexual objectification. “I asked myself what human being do I need to forge myself into, and how can I use my burden to bring light to make a change in the world? I decided to turn my eye to all that was beautiful around me."  Van Zeijl aestheticizes these prejudices in her work to visually discuss this troubling dichotomy, presenting a new way of seeing female beauty, the reinvention of the self.

 

These ideas are also represented in The Rebirth of The Dutch Flower collection. This series of photographs using discarded flowers from her local growers, to highlight the unfortunate mass destruction during the world lockdown. But the enigmatic photographs are also a celebration of hope as they give the flowers new life by suggesting renewal, rebirth and reinvention. As Van Zeijl explains, “flowers grow out of dark moments, the more difficulties, the more beautiful they become, they always tend to grow towards the light.”

 

She invests in her images, by using subjects that intrigue and evoke emotion. For her Moonshot collection Van Zeijl was inspired by the deeper meaning of the horse, and decided to portray herself with them. For years she worked with horses. She learned to connect, listen deeply, embody their wisdom and experienced how horses guided her to reach toward a greater freedom. In order to gain the horse’s trust she had to evolve into complete surrender. Van Zeijl reinvents herself over and over and has created a body of work going beyond the realm of individual expression.

 

Her work soothes the eye and touches the soul, to encourage the viewer to reconnect with their own higher calling, their soulful longing. To remind them to deepen their courage and humility, empower self inquiry and ask themselves to reach into their soul for greatness and find that beauty is always there.

 

Van Zeijl has shown work continuously and internationally over the past seventeen years, represented by galleries located in The USA, UK and Europe, and exhibiting at established international art fairs in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, London, Germany, Belgium, Sweden and Italy. She was one of the winners of The Young Masters Emerging Women Art Prize, London. Her work is held in The Four Seasons Hotel in Paris and in numerous & public collections in the USA, UK, Belgium, Germany, France and The Netherlands.

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    SELECTED PRESS

    Forbes.com article

    Harper's Bazaar - Cover

    Snoecks '21 - Cover

    London Live Television - interview

    Wallstreet International - article

    Huffington Post New York - article

    L'Officiel NL - article

    The Art Newspaper - article

    The Daily Telegraph UK 

    Mutual Art - interview

    Arts & Collections UK - interview

     

    SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

    Christopher Martin Gallery, Dallas, US

    Christopher Martin Gallery, Aspen, US

    Solo Show Cynthia Corbett Gallery, London 

    Royal Academy of Arts, The Summer Exhibition, London

    Museum Amsterdam Castle

     

    SELECTED ART FAIRS

    Art Miami

    Palm Beach Modern + Contemporary 

    Art New York

    Art Wynwood 

    Art Southampton 

    Hamptons Art Fiar

    Pulse New York

    Scope New York

    VOLTA New York

    PHOTO LA, Los Angeles

    LA Art Show, Los Angeles

    Art Central, Hong Kong 

    London Art Fair

    PAN Amsterdam

    KunstRAI Amsterdam

     

    PRIVATE & PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

    Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris, France
    Claes Iversen Collection, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

    Robert & Karen Duncan, Nebraska, US
    Ellen & Gerald Sigal, Washington DC, US
    Edgar Schermerhorn Collection, The Netherlands

    Museum Amsterdam Castle, The Netherlands
    Various private collections in USA, UK, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany

     

    AWARDS & PRIZES

    Winner, The Young Masters Emerging Woman Art Prize, London 

    Fine Art Photography Awards, London work: MOONSHOT

    Fine Art Photography Awards, London work: HER

    Fine Art Photography Awards, London work: I LOVE HER

    Prix de la Photographie Paris, work: SHE