October 4, 2016

Tjalf Sparnaay @ Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, NYC

Tjalf Sparnaay
Urban Works of Arts: New Photographs
Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, NYC

6 - 29 October 2016

Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery presents Urban Works of Art: New Photographs, artist Tjalf Sparnaay’s first photography exhibition in the United States. The exhibition features two dozen photographs, most of which are 16 x 20 inches. While some appear more abstract and others include figures, all of the photographs are representational of the urban landscape of Tjalf Sparnaay’s home country, The Netherlands.

In Karl with Wallflower, Tjalf Sparnaay captures an advertisement that is plastered to a lamp post. In the advertisement is an older man and a young, attractive blonde girl wearing a pink hat and a pink gingham blouse. The photograph looks like a collage but is in fact a real representation of the artist’s urban surroundings.

Grafittical Archeology X, another photograph in the exhibition, is more abstract, depicting in great detail a decaying wall covered in graffiti. The photograph almost looks like a painting, and the shape in which the wall is peeling resembles a fish swimming in water. Tjalf Sparnaay so brilliantly draws attention to the art that often blends into the urban landscape.

Born in Haarlem, The Netherlands, Tjalf Sparnaay is a completely self-taught photorealist painter and photographer. His works have been exhibited worldwide. Recently Sparnaay exhibited a retrospective of his paintings at the Museum de Fundatie in Zwolle, The Netherlands and was included in the exhibition “Photorealism Beginnings to Today: The Walda and Sydney Besthoff Collection” at the New Orleans Museum of Art. His paintings are currently included in the traveling museum exhibition 50 Years of Hyperrealism that will be on view at the Osthaus Museum in Hagen, Germany (15 October 2016 – 8 January 2017), Kunsthal Rotterdam (25 February – 4 June 2017), the Parrish Art Museum (Summer 2017), and the Tampa Museum of Art (30 June – 8 October 2017).

Bernarducci.Meisel.Gallery, New York, NY