The first solo-exhibition by Louise te Poele at TORCH Gallery

Louise te Poele
La tête de Marie Antoinette est tombé 
Opening: Zaterdag 21 februari 17:00 – 19:00
21/02/2015 – 28/03/2015

On Saturday the 21st of February TORCH will proudly open La tête de Marie Antoinette est tombé,

the first solo-exhibition by Louise te Poele at the gallery. The exhibition will focus on her series of 

still-lifes inspired by the light found in paintings by old Dutch masters. Louise has made it a habit to

collect completely unrelated things, ranging from trash in her studio to exotic fish found at her local

oriental supermarket. Using these objects she creates dynamic compositions that amount to far 

more than the sum of their parts. They are classic still-lifes, detached from Vanitas and vanity. 

In terms of her career Louise te Poele is developing quickly. She sold her first piece as an art

academy student – a portrait of a boyfriend wearing a pantyhose over his head – to the director of 

the Museum Arnhem. Now her second solo-exhibition at this museum is planned for next

summer. After her graduation from the Artex Academy in Arnhem in 2008 she received her Start 

Stipendium from the BKVD fund, and she was able to publish her first publication using a contribution 

by the Prince Bernhard Culture fund. During 2010-2011 she was the artists in residence at Schloss 

Ringenberg in Germany. She has had exhibitions in Amsterdam, Marseille, Tokyo, Hong Kong and 

Berling. This year she joined TORCH.

However , this fruitful career is not the result of carefully made plans. Louise likes to let her mind 

wander and to keep possibilities open. She scours the world, looking for objects, views and inspiration.

By doing so she gradually broadens her vision. Her first works were mainly portraits of people close to

her, such as the inhabitants of her home town or befriended party-goers. Then, in 2011, she decided to

dedicate herself to the still-life, allowing for a maximum of free association. In the mean time she has 

found a pictorial language that is very much her own. In it, aesthetics and symbolism support and 

emphasize each other. Her associative arrangements of images are the results of hundreds of hours

spent fiddling behind a screen and in her studio. This obsession to detail has been part of her ever since 

childhood. As a young dyslectic she embraced the thought of speaking through form as opposed to 

written language. 

After the opening on the 21st of February La tête de Marie Antoinette est tombé will be open to the public 

until Saturday the 28th of March. The gallery will be open on Thurs/Fri/Sat, from 12 to 6 pm, and by 

appointment. For further information and images you can contact the gallery, or visit Louise's website. 

TORCH gallery
Lauriergracht 94
1016 RN
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
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