Popel Coumou, Ellen Kooi, Eddy Posthuma de Boer

Popel Coumou

Represented by Torch Gallery

Born 1978 in Velsen, The Netherlands, Popel Coumou’s work is inspired by naturally occurring everyday lines. Popel finds her focus on those that furniture, architecture, and shadows replicate. She tries to reproduce these lifeless but highly evocative sights, by composing her own constructed spaces. To do this, she uses a wide variety of techniques; the most prominent among them collage. She layers her images, beginning with the construction of illusion of space which she then lights to add the suggestion of a third dimension. Hers is an accentuation of lucent effects – the light outside versus the shadows inside. Through this, she furthers both the sense of a flattened representation and the illusion of depth. The result is an image that seems to hold the mid-ground between painterly abstraction and geometric photography.

Popel uses an old analogue camera to carefully capture the romantic notions in the most abstract artistic gestures. She mixes and matches with the resulting compositions appearing to the viewer like graphic interpretations of daydreams. It is an abstract language that is uniquely her own.

Her works have found homes around the world, exhibited and collected by both individuals and institutions.


Ellen Kooi

Represented by Torch Gallery

Ellen Kooi was born in 1962 in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. Today she lives and works in the Dutch city of Haarlem. In 1987 Ellen graduated from the Academie Minerva in Groningen. She went on to complete her post-graduate studies at the Rijksacademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam in 1994.

Kooi is known for her oeuvre of largescale panoramic photographs. She challenges her viewers to see the world as a dramatic narrative; to seek the border between fantasy and reality. At first glance, the people that inhabit these images of (mostly Dutch) landscapes seem to be at the mercy of their surroundings. But if we look at these pictures more carefully, we see a far more complex relationship, as the landscape almost responds to its inhabitants. The displays of nature we see are a symbolic reflection of the inner turmoils, or indeed the happiness of these people. In a way comparable to nineteenth-century psychological portraits, Kooi tries to tell us about myths, chance encounters, and our relationship with the outside world. Keeping this in mind, it is imperative to remember that her works are as much concerned with landscape as they are with the person.

By forming close connections between themes set in our visual memory of history but never choosing a primary focus, Kooi’s works are suspenseful and hard to identify.

Ellen’s works have been exhibited globally and acquired by Museums, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as the Collection Hermès in Luxembourg, and the Borusan Contemporary in Turkey, among others. Numerous private collections around the world have purchased her works of art.


Eddy Posthuma de Boer

Represented by Torch Gallery

For over fifty years, photographer Eddy Posthuma de Boer has restlessly roamed the earth, capturing human life in over 85 countries.

No corner of this world has been left untouched by Posthuma de Boer who “searches for the world as it really is”. From the moment seventy years ago that he picked up his first camera, photography remained his obsession. He witnessed historical events and came face to face with world leaders. His is a life lived through and with his camera. The social-documentary movement that emerged just after the second world war – humanist photography – was a significant influence on his work. It is characterised by representing the human condition as such, documenting how humans connect through traditions and customs.

During his career, he worked for numerous Dutch and international newspapers and magazines, all while always letting his vision and insights prevail over the direct message of the assignment. Combining this with his ability to capture every degree of drama and humour naturally, has led to the publication of a large number of photo books and many remarkable exhibitions.

Posthuma de Boer was born and raised in Amsterdam, where he still lives today. He made his decision to become a free-lance photographer in the early 50s. In 1961 he married the singer and musicologist Henriette Klautz, and they have two daughters, Tessa and Eva.

His works have shown throughout the world.

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