Art is the contemplation of the world in a state of grace”
The Dutch Fine Art photographer Mike van Veen was born in Hilversum, where he established the Mike van Veen Art Studio to create ‘HEAD SPACE’, his debut international exhibition, featuring images originally captured using an X-ray camera .
Inspired by the Dutch painter, sculptor and poet Christiaan Karel Appel, co-founder of the avant-garde movement Cobra, and the Swiss surrealist painter H.R Giger, van Veen’s artistic career began as a film-maker and painter.
Like the German sculptor and film-maker Rebecca Horn, van Veen’s own medical experiences at a young age led directly to the formation of his early artistic practice (in his case, seeing X-rays of himself following injuries incurred exploring and playing sports as a child).
“I became fascinated in X-ray photography and its potential for creating a new aesthetic in figurative, as well as more abstract art, transforming the appearance of the world around me and the visual identity of the objects in it.”
“As an artistic technology, it is unique and the results are always unpredictable, generating artistic outcomes that only emerge in the course of the experimental process of exposing objects to different amounts of radiation.
You can create sharper and more representational images or more opaque and abstract images, depending on how the process is applied and the particular physical characteristics of the object being photographed”.
Van Veen’s early film travels to Afghanistan and Italy, in particular, led him to experience light and colour in ways he could apply to the original images captured by the X-ray camera, enabling him to transform their subjects’ original form and appearance to give them a compeletely new visual identity.
Following exclusive previews of the artist’s ‘HEAD SPACE’ Exhibition in Milan and Venice in 2015 and 2016, the internationally acclaimed recording artist Armin van Buuren commissioned Mike van Veen to create the visual imagery for his 2016 World Tour, ‘Embrace’.
The tour will visit the Netherlands, Dubai, Bulgaria, Israel, Turkey, Belarus, Mexico, China, Macau, Philippines, Taiwan, Brasil and Australia, ending in Russia in March 2017, introducing Mike van Veen’s art to a global audience of a quarter of a million people.
“We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.”
2019 Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam
2019 GO Gallery Amsterdam
2019 Gallery G45 Heerlen, Netherlands
2016 ‘Embrace’ Armin van Buuren World Tour
2016 Perry Kish Fine Art
2015 Why Self ? Venice Art House, Venice, Italy
2015 Hybrid Effects Palazzo Radetzky, Milano Italy
2013 Skoon ar Koog a/d Zaan Netherlands
2013 Club Donderdag Hotel Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands