GALLERY LARAVEN STARTED IN DECEMBER 2011 AS A “POP-UP” GALLERY
IN A HISTORICAL BUILDING ON AMSTERDAM’S HERENGRACHT. DURING OUR 6 MONTHS THERE, WE WELCOMED MORE THAN 5.000 VISITORS TO OUR GALLERY AND RECEIVED INTERNATIONAL PRESS ATTENTION. WE HAVE MONTHLY EXHIBITIONS OF NEW AND ESTABLISHED ARTISTS, MIXING EVERY CONCEIVABLE STYLE OF ART TOGETHER TO KEEP IT FRESH AND INTERESTING. WE GUARANTEE YOU THAT EVERY VISIT TO GALLERY LARAVEN WILL BE A “VOYAGE OF DISCOVERY”. IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A MUSEUM...GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. GALLERY LARAVEN IS ALIVE AND AS VIBRANT AS THE ARTISTS WHO WORK WITH US. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE E-MAIL US AT: INFO@GALLERYLARAVEN.COM
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P60 • ISABELLE HORL
P72 • CHARLIEDOT
P32 • MARIA CALEIS
P86• SELINA HUBER
P48 • LOTTE KLAVER
jowy maasdamMe Feel it as I see it, as I discover it as I draw it. That is how to best describe Jowy Maasdamme, the illustrator behind ISEEJANEMARY. With the use of simple raw materials such as ink and pencil she illustrates her visions. In elegant but strong lines she enraptures a world that is both feminine and dark. She emphasizes transformation, fragility, and fantasy in a susceptible and delicate way. Her work has a strong connection with both high fashion and the human body. Jowy Maasdamme on her illustrations and on how fashion translates in her work: “I can’t remember not drawing. As a child it was always me and my pencil everywhere. In my room, in the train, on the bus, during class; it’s what I love to do most. After several years of college, getting my degree
in Dutch Law and working in different offices, I realized that what makes me truly happy is drawing. So I turned my life upside down and decided to try to do what I love all the time and make a career out of drawing. It’s a ride, a hustle, an adventure, a roller coaster. It’s definitely not easy but I adore every second of it and I am learning so much. I get inspired by courage, fairytales, myths, nightmares, Disney, outcasts, punks, sex, vulnerability, nature, humanity, just by life. My drawings are mostly black and white, to me that feels natural, simple like night and day. I mostly draw people; women. I get obsessed with faces, postures, eyes and my aesthetic is highly influenced by fashion.
her. Otherwise she’s just an empty notion. I think a lot of people have stories to tell, share, create. It’s just that a lot of people don’t have the balls to do so anymore in an authentic manner. We live in an cowardly age and that translates into the boring trends we so often see. I loathe what fashion stands for nowadays or the prestigious world she’s trapped in. Still I can’t help but love her too, maybe it’s the magic of dressing up that makes me love fashion so much. I’m in love with the fantasy of fashion, not fashion herself. These contradictions and personal preferences often emote through my drawings.” - Jowy Maasdamme www.iseejanemary.blogspot.com
For me fashion translates the spirit of the age. But I am only interested when there’s a story behind
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bemo Andreas Bemo LundgrenÂ´s first three months were the last of the 70Â´s and he grew up being part of the fourth generation at a farm in the north of Sweden. In 2001 he moved to Stockholm to pursue his skateboarding and artistic dreams where his career started working in web design and graphic form. In 2008 he graduated from the graphic design class of Beckmans, but more than anything Bemo is an autodidact artist and his style clearly shows traces of D.I.Y. influence coming from the skateboard scene where he has been a public figure for many years, and still is. His imaginative and often suggestive work attempts to communicate through a universal essence and seeks to find its roots in the fundamental. Traveling the four corners of the world and working persistently in various media enables him to be a versatile artist who moves through many fields. His art has been shown in many places such as Dieselverkstaden, Galleri Silfverberg, Slakthuset, Pony sugar art gallery, DeevĂ Stockholm, modart.com, Saasfee pavilion, Frankfurt, La Raven gallery, Amsterdam and Pop-up gallery, Berlin. Today he works freelance in art direction, graphic design and illustration in conjunction with his own art projects. www.thebemo.com
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maria caleis The illustrations of Caleis propose a stylized figuration full of references of all that inspires her particular universe. Fashion, interior design, avant-garde art and art deco are some of the themes usually found in her illustrations. Her works are sophisticated graphical pieces â€˜totally handmadeâ€™ where nostalgia and contemporary experiences encourage a playfulness full of twists. Â Caleis brings us a smoky, intense style that combines more than skill and design. Her work is both attractive and a well-executed blend of natural talent and the hard work of a self-taught illustrator. Licensed to practice law, today she is fully committed to illustration, her true passion. She has a great eye for detail and uses this to make us aware of the world of beauty and sensuality of women, through delicate figures that present a restrained attitude which act as a challenge to the viewer. It allows us to enter this world, but keeps us at a distance.
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lotte klaver Lotte Klaver (1981) draws with brushes and deep black ink. Her figures emerge from the imagination. They suggest beauty in their scarce, fluent lines, but at the same time evoke an unsettling feeling by touching boundaries of ugliness, animality or sentimentality. She blogs a drawing a day on : www.lotteklaver.nl
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ISABELLE .. HORL Born in May 1986 in the Hague, the Netherlands. Since her childhood she would draw on every piece of paper she could find and always found curious ways to express her creativity. At the age of 16 she began to study Graphic Design in Utrecht and did an internship in London. After her graduation she studied International Fashion and Design at the Amsterdam Fashion Institute. There she developed her professional interest in design, marketing and branding, finding her artistic expression in visual and conceptual translation. In 2011 Isabelle founded her own company. She works as a visualizer, illustrator and graphic designer, taking part in various projects. The growing demand for visual translation in the field of marketing and branding has drawn her, with a lot of enthusiasm, to the field of
visualizing. Translating concepts, brainstorms, and presentations provides her with the opportunity to express her commercial and artistic creativity completely. Diversity has been an important aspect in her career. Isabelle also illustrates in various fields e.g. fashion, music, marketing and childrenâ€™s books. The following work shows two illustration projects. The first set of drawings was created for the theatre play Louter Kabouter, performed at Oerol, Terschelling and at HEMA in Utrecht by Daan Colijn (daancolijn.com). The second set of drawings represents one of Isabelleâ€™s personal projects called Nocturnal Confessions.
Online portfolio: www.isabellehorl.com
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charliedot Charlie Wijstma, born in Amsterdam in 1986, is currently based in Haarlem. After graduating as a Graphic Designer, she realised she wanted her work to be more visual. In 2007 she started her 4-year bachelor study in Illustration at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. In her third year, after taking a semester at the famous Design Skole in Denmark, Charlie started her own company called “CharlieDot”. After a few internships at leading Dutch magazines, Charlie now works as a freelance fashion illustrator and graphic designer. CharlieDot’s illustrations are hand-drawn, usually in pencil. Her inspiration comes from strong female identities and her illustrations show that being a girl doesn’t mean you have to be sweet and cuddly. CharlieDot’s style is strong, striking, accessible, feminine and always fashionable. www.charliedot.com
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selina huber Marina Huber a.k.a. Selina Huber graduated in Visual Communication in 2006 in Zagreb, Croatia. She currently lives in Amsterdam. The great inspiration for her line of work is a series of works by Marlene Dumas, as well as Japanese woodcuts. The expressionistic period in the history of art has always been her favourite. Her work consists of collages of paintings and minimal drawings, whereby she depicts humor and melancholy at the same time. Marina works as a professional graphic designer and has a passion for drawing and dancing. www.marinahuber.eu
Hoop Doop Magazine Issue 15 - 5th Drawing Special Issue.