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    Sale 7624

    Photographs

    19 November 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 87

    RUUD VAN EMPEL (b.1958 Dutch)

    World #16, 2006

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    RUUD VAN EMPEL (b.1958 Dutch)
    World #16, 2006
    dye-bleach print
    signed, titled, dated and numbered '8/13' in ink on label with embossed copyright credit on backing board
    33½ x 23½in. (85 x 59.5cm.)


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    This work is number 8 from the sold-out edition of 13 + 2 AP.

    Van Empel's series World is a carefully constructed synthesis of form and colour. Digitally rendered photo-collages -- a process that has been called a kind of 'visual sampling' -- create lush landscapes of primordial fairy-tale forests in which his figures are situated. The figure and landscape is linked in preternaturally beautiful environs; the resulting images are naive and knowing in equal measure.

    Van Empel studied at the Academy of Fine Arts St. Joost, Breda. His works have been shown internationally and are held in a number of private, corporate and institutional collections, including the Sir Elton John Collection, Atlanta/London; George Eastman House, Rochester, New York; and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel. He lives and works in Amsterdam.

    Special Notice

    Artist's Resale Right ("Droit de Suite"). Artist's Resale Right Regulations 2006 apply to this lot, the buyer agrees to pay us an amount equal to the resale royalty provided for in those Regulations, and we undertake to the buyer to pay such amount to the artist's collection agent.
    VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price and at 15% on the buyer's premium


    Provenance

    With Stefan Stux Gallery, New York;
    acquired by present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    DISTINCTIVELY DUTCH