Hans Petersen – Visual Artist
Raised in Rotterdam/The Netherlands and started his career some 30 years ago. But the love for photography began earlier. As a small boy he learned from his grandfather, who was an artist, to look closely at things. His grandfather taught him drawing and Hans studied forms, perspectives and the basics of photography. When he got his first camera as a present from him the love for creating images had started.
The passion for photography grew and after the Royal Academy of fine arts in the Hague Hans started his professional career. He gained valuable experience from famous Dutch photographers. Think of Dirk Karsten, Jan Francis, Roger Neve and Marcel van de Vlugt. By seeing different talents at work, Hans picked up the best pieces of the art.
Technique & Aesthetics
Hans photographs digitally from the first moment which made him a master in Image manipulation. He does have the technical skills that guarantee ultimate pictures, in any form. On paper or on the screen. In addition, he has a keen eye for beauty and detail.
His talent was soon discovered. From his studio in Amsterdam he travelled all over the world, for clients from the fashion & beauty industry as well as for large advertising agencies. But also for titles like Playboy, FHM and Maxim.
Hans Petersen, Visual Artist,
Around 2010 Hans began, next to his commercial assignments, to focus more and more on free work. In his art he can give free rein to his talent and technical skills. Hans regards the computer as a dark room for his photography and painting tool for his art.
Layers & Materials,
In his studio Hans experimented with the rich capabilities of the computer as an artistic medium. He discovered the power of digital work in combination with different materials, finished with high-gloss liquid gloss the art works of Hans Petersen are constructed as paintings, in several layers. He uses photography, painting and mixed media. Sometimes he puts text in to steer the thoughts of the viewer in a certain direction.
Viewer or Voyeur,
The last years Hans made a large number of works of art, in which eroticism and beauty are the main inspiration. As a viewer you get a glimpse into a special world, on an voyeuristic way sometimes provocative but always in balance with beauty, style and on the right side of the edge.