Casper Faassen

Casper Faassen

Netherlands 1975

Photography, Painting

Casper Faassen
Casper Faassen
May 24, 2016
Behind the pseudonym of Lor Dethal lies Nemanja Torlak, a writer for Widewalls intrigued and moved by diversity in art and in the lives of those who create it. It is often the unexpected that come forth and surprise us, and art is a world that allows it and makes it possible. David beats the Goliath daily, and writing about it is a pleasure.

Some artists are simply born with a tendency towards the artistic expression, displaying great talent at an early age; some, on the other hand, discover their inspiration somewhere along the line, finding themselves within the delicate craft. Casper Faassen had been blessed with both, display immense talent that won over the artistic public with ease, as well as being inspired and moved not only by specific artists but the bond of homeland that he shares with some of them. Starting off early on and building upon his great interest in art, its history and expressive property that suits him well, Faassen is filling up the boots of great masters that he admires and looks up to.

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Casper Faassen – Asha,2015

An Early Crossroad

Born to the city of Leiden in Netherlands, Casper Faassen shares the birthplace with some of the greatest Dutch artists that have ever lived, including Rembrandt, Dou and van Goyen. Having met with the work of one of these artists that will inspire him for the rest of his career, Faassen’s awe with art started at the age of 7 when he saw Rembrandt’s The Night Watch at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. In an attempt to reproduce what he witnessed that day, he had devoted his efforts and obvious talent to mastering the skill of artistic portrayal. Coming upon a crossroad early in his path of an artist, Faassen expressed doubt after high school, uncertain of what to do with his love for art and the practice he had developed. Following a differently paved road, he had studied communication science at the University of Amsterdam, yet chose to return to painting in 2002, devoting himself completely.

Casper Faassen’s work has been inspired by the great Dutch artists

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Casper Faassen – RAW X

Tradition of Dutch Painting

With his mind and body focused on his childhood dream, Faassen had been embodying the history of Dutch painting through his depictions. Subjects like portraits, nudes, landscapes, flowers and cityscapes, all of which were widely present in the 17th century Dutch art, found their way into the practice of Casper Faassen. Doing them great justice, he’s masterfully presented all of the above mentioned, receiving great critical acclaim and even being proclaimed Talent of the year in 2007 at the Artist of the year election in Netherlands. More than simply beautiful, his work merges painting and photography into a single piece, bringing together the opposition of eternality and decay between the subject of his work and its fleeting physical form.

Faassen’s work merges painting and photography into a single piece

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Casper Faassen – Stilleven met bloemen

Manifestation of History

Showing great talent and dedication to the artistic expression throughout his career, Casper Faassen has exhibited his work both domestically and internationally, gaining renown on a global level. One of the prominent artists in the contemporary art scene, his pieces revisit the subject of traditional beauty seen in the history of Dutch paintings, adding to it the vanity and decay that unmistakably follow. Inspired by the great artists that have shared his homeland in the past, Faassen, likewise, undoubtedly creates the artistic history for future generations, one that might inspire a young artistic soul to take the craft upon themselves.

The artist is represented by Galerie Hegemann.

Casper Faassen lives and works in Leiden, The Netherlands.

Featured image: Casper Faassen. Photo credits Michaël Roumen.
All other photos credit the artist.
All images used for illustrative purposes only.

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2016 Casper Faassen Salone del MobileSolo
2016 Haute Rotterdam RotterdamGroup
2016 MIA Fair MilanoGroup
2016 Photo Basel BaselGroup
2016 Paintings in Munchen Galerie Hegemann, MunchenGroup
2015 Photo Market Fotografiska Museum, StockholmGroup
2015 Photo London Kahmann GalleryGroup
2015 Seisui Kahmann GalleryGroup
2015 KunstRai AmsterdamGroup
2014 Unseen AmsterdamGroup
2014 Sky! Museum De Hallen, HaarlemGroup
2014 PAN Amsterdam Kahmann GalleryGroup
2013 Gallery Weekend Berlin Galerie Pien RademakersGroup
2013 RAW Art Fair Galerie Pien Rademakers, RotterdamGroup
2013 AAF Hong Kong Acquest Arte, SwitzerlandGroup
2013 AAF New York Acquest Arte, SwitzerlandGroup
2013 In de FamiliekamerGroup
2013 Solo presentation RademakersGroup
2012 Where beauty’s veil.. Galerie Pien Rademakers, AmsterdamSolo
2012 Realisme Art Fair Galerie Pien Rademakers, Amsterdam,Group
2012 RAW Art Fair Galerie Pien Rademakers, RotterdamGroup
2012 KunstRai Galerie Pien Rademakers, AmsterdamGroup
2012 AAF Amsterdam Galerie KunsthuizenGroup
2012 PAN Amsterdam Galerie Pien RademakersGroup
2011 Hover throug the fog and filthy air’, Project 2.0, The HagueSolo
2011 New Paintings Galerie Dessers, Leuven, BelgiumSolo
2011 Last Judgement Scheltema Complex/Museum Lakenhal LeidenGroup
2010 Art Chicago Amstel GalleryGroup
2009 Noir Kunsthuizen, LeidenSolo
2009 Lineart Galerie Dessers, Gent Belgium,Group