Photography and Film BA alumnus exhibits work at Anita Rogers Gallery in New York
Photography 26 September 2017
Alumnus Hans Neleman’s work, entitled ‘Is Embracing Was’, presents a collection of recent mixed media assemblages including both steel-framed ‘portraits’ and ‘abstractions’.
Neleman’s distinctive works inhabit the space between abstraction and representation. The playful yet dark ‘portraits’ pull together found objects and fragmented images while the ‘abstractions’ are composed using raw paper and fabric, cut, torn and reconnected with metal, canvas and wood.
His work was praised by many and described by renowned art adviser and Whitney Museum patron, Thea Westreich, as “embedded with a unique and original vocabulary from where abstract and intuitive visual narratives and associations flow with poetic rawness.”
After graduating from the University of Westminster, Hans quickly became one of New York’s leading still life art photographers and earned numerous rewarding awards including Kodak Photographer of the Year and the World Image Award for Still Life Photography.
Speaking about his experience at the University of Westminster, Hans Neleman said: “I was introduced, at the University of Westminster, and became interested in semiology and semiotics as it related to photography and film. At the very beginning of my second year, I entered and won the Kodak Photographer of the Year Award which fast forwarded my career and led to shooting commercial photography assignments in London.
“The final portfolio I presented at the end of my third year included album covers, advertisements and magazine assignments. The Observer Sunday Magazine was one memorable client, they gave me creative carte-blanche to shoot very artistic still-life imagery, and this work was well received and won multiple awards.”
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