Ed van der Elsken

Ed van der Elsken

The work of the Dutch photographer and filmmaker Ed van der Elsken (1925-1990) revolved around years spent travelling, and the characters he encountered along the way. Born in Amsterdam, he was almost completely self-taught. His seemingly raw work is less concerned with traditional technique and composition and moreso with the evocation of atmosphere surrounding people and place.

His imagery provides quotidian, intimate and autobiographic perspectives on the European zeitgeist spanning the period of the Second World War into the 1970’s in the realms of love, sex, art, music (particularly jazz), and alternative culture.

Black Celebration

Black Celebration

Matthew Bone’s “Black Celebration” is a veritable orgy of visual energy. A painting that seems to defy medium, this work depicts a woman under blacklight, clutching unearthly glowing flowers as they seem to drip straight from her mouth. Matthew Bone is the king of orgiastic imagery, unafraid to combine shocking color with aggressively tongue-in-cheek content.