Danielle Kwaaitaal

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Studies of Falling Angels, 2009 © Courtesy of the Artist and Torch Gallery
From the series FLO , 2004 © Torch Gallery
From the series FLO, 2004 © Torch Gallery
FLO~floatingscene/flow , 2004 C Print, Perspex, Dibond & Frame H: 140 X W: 100 Cm © Torch Gallery
Whispering waters , 2009 C Print, Perspex, Dibond & Frame 104 X 140 Cm © Torch Gallery
Dione , 2009 C Print, Perspex, Dibond, Bloklijst 104 X 140 Cm © Torch Gallery
Rhode , 2009 C Print, Perspex, Dibond, Bloklijst 140 X 104cm © Torch Gallery
Metis , 2009 C Print, Perspex, Dibond, Bloklijst 104 X 140 Cm © Torch Gallery
Calypso , 2009 C Print, Perspex, Dibond, Bloklijst 104 X 140cm © Torch Gallery
Danila, 1998 C Print 125 X 125 Cm © Danielle Kwaaitaal
Theia Mountains, 1992 C Print 180 X 70 Cm © Danielle Kwaaitaal
Five Senses, Hand, 1991 C Print 75 X 75 Cm © Danielle Kwaaitaal
Spacenipples scene 1, 1994 C Print 150 X 70 Cm © Danielle Kwaaitaal
Bubbling Moet et Chandon, 1995 75 X 112 Cm © Danielle Kwaaitaal
Dlight (Biscuit), 2003 C Print 50 X 50 Cm © Danielle Kwaaitaal
Maos Garden Illustration © Danielle Kwaaitaal
Design for coffee cups, 2002 © Danielle Kwaaitaal
Hi and Lo, 2000 C Print 20 X 25 Cm © Danielle Kwaaitaal
Hi and Lo, 2000 C Print 20 X 25 Cm © Danielle Kwaaitaal
© Danielle Kwaaitaal
Melia, Whispering Waters, 2009 Photography 104 X 140 Cm © Danielle Kwaaitaal
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Danielle Kwaaitaal graduated in photography at the Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam in 1991. Her work in the final examination did not go unnoticed and was followed in 1992 by her first solo exhibition, 'Bodyscapes', at what was then the Bloom Gallery in Amsterdam. With this series, Kwaaitaal introduced what was to many people still an unknown phenomenon: digitally manipulated photography.The photographic landscapes of the body, which she 'painted' using the paintbox computer, initiated a real revolution in the traditional art world. In this way, the computer became photography's ultimate means of wreaking vengeance on painting!

This pioneering spirit has proven to be a driving force behind Kwaaitaal's work. In 1994, she founded one of the first veejay collectives with the aim of bringing her video work to the attention of a younger public. Thanks to Kwaaitaal's efforts in the early nineties, veejaying is now a generally accepted art form. In recent years, the veejay podium has made way for the development of bigger, autonomous art and film productions (such as her successful underwater project FLO) in which she devotes a visual hymn of praise to the female body.

Despite Kwaaitaal's use of advanced computer techniques, her work is never cold or aloof; on the contrary, Kwaaitaal's work is characterised by exceptional tactility and an unmistakeable refinement. Her images emanate from the paradoxical; the important thing is to experience them, not to think about them.

Her art can also be viewed in public areas. She has created panels of life-size photos for the new urban district office in Bos and Lommer. Beyond the national and international sphere of art, Kwaaitaal is also gaining increasing recognition in the advertising industry. Major brands such as Nokia, Philips and Sanex have opted to work with her. In her work, Kwaaitaal zigzags through all the social and cultural strata of society and literally lays the world open to view.




1964 Born in Bussum, Holland
1991 Graduated Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam
Currently lives and works in Amsterdam

Solo Exhibitions

1992 Body Scapes, Bloom Gallery, Amsterdam
1993 Unfair '93, Bloom Gallery, Cologne Artfair(cat.)
1994 Bubbling, Bloom Gallery, Amsterdam
1995 Bubbling, Argos Gallery, Arnhem
1996 Danielle Kwaaitaal & Philip Haag, Thomas Rhebein Gallery Cologne, Germany
1997 The White Room, Flatland Gallery, solostand KunstRai, Amsterdam
1998 Airheads, Bloom Gallery, Amsterdam
1999 Kwaaitaal & Klein, Robert Sandelson Gallery, London

Group Exhibitions (selection)

1988 Short Movies, Filmmuseum, Amsterdam
1990 Very Fiest, Witzenhausen/Meierink Gallery, Amsterdam
Twelve Channels, Arti & Amicitiae,
1991 The History of the Electronic Page, I.C.A., Amsterdam
Confrontation, Witzenhausen/Meierink Gallery, Amsterdam
1992 Chill Cave, with Gerald v.d. Kaap, Torch Gallery, Amsterdam
The Comfort Zone, Gallery The Living Room, Amsterdam
Bloom Presents, Bloom Gallery, Amsterdam
Fodor Longa Res Brevis, Museum Fodor, Amsterdam
1993 Corpus, De Gele Rijder Foundation, Arnhem
The White Child, Aschenbach Gallery, Amsterdam(cat.)
Corpus, Witzenhausen/Meierrink Gallery, Amsterdam(cat.)
Breda Photographica, De Beierd, Breda(cat.)
Municipal Acquisitions, Stedekijk Museum, Amsterdam(cat.)
Peep "o" Artolux, Gent, Belgium
1994 Tools and Tales, Artis, Den Bosch(cat.)
1995 Prix NI, Nouvelle Images Gallery, Den Haag
The Ego Document, Naarden Photo Festival, Naarden
New Balance, Twelve Artist from the Netherlands,Vilnius, Litouwen(cat.)
Anniversary Show, Gallery de Gryse, Tielt, Belgium
Naughty Girls, Dutch Film Museum, Amsterdam
1996 Hybrids, De Appel Foundation, Amsterdam(cat.)
Klein, Kwaaitaal & Franciscus, Flatland gallery Utrecht
Zeitgenossische Fotokunst aus den Niederlande, Neue Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Badischer Kunstverein Karlsruhe, Germany(cat.)
The eye as weller, Stedelijk Museum Schiedam(cat.)
1997 The Girls on the Beach, Declercq Gallery, Antwerp
World Wide Video festival, The Milky way, Amsterdam
Ecce and Nietzche, The trust Foundation, Amsterdam
1998 Sensual Adstrection, City Thoughts Foundation, Amsterdam(cat.)
The Holy Heart, De Balie, Amsterdam(cat.)
1999 Opening-show, Robert Sandelson Gallery, London
The lava Edge, Art & Amicitiae, Amsterdam
Rembrandt 2000, Rembrandt Foundation, Den Haag
Hallucinations, B&D Gallery, Milan, Italy
2000 Contemporary Interior Designs, Intermezzo, Dordrecht

h: 140 x w: 100 cm
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