Before her career in fine art photography, Elizabeth Koning managed an Italian modeling agency with the otherworldly muses of the Milanese In-Crowd. She danced with the more decadent temptations in life: tantric island dance parties, penthouse perspectives, and an endless flow of champagne. The scene was lively, sexy, and provocative.
Galvanised by a new cultural awareness, after fifteen years Koning moved back to the Netherlands and established an iconic style of portraiture that seemingly marries the finesse of Italian Renaissance painting with reinvented Dutch settings. To look at a photograph by Koning is to be transported through a cloud of sfumato and into an older time. The rolling hills of Italy have been replaced with the landscape of the Low Countries, while cloudy skies light the models in a spiritual glow. But what are these figures conveying to us with their eyes?
For The Public House of Art and ‘The Devil Inside Me’ exhibition, Koning developed a series where each artwork quietly reflects the inner struggle with one of the seven deadly sins. Represented in their Latin names, Superbia, Luxuria, Invidia; these serene and tranquil figures come with a touch of the strange, as each grapples with her pride, lust, envy and so on. Are they the symbolic children of Eve? We’ve all felt the same sting of sinful thinking at one point or another, let these artworks wash you of your sins while they absorb every last devilish thought, like the Dorian Gray of our faults.
PortraitsWorld (Best Photography Talent 2018)
GUP Award: Most Talented new Dutch Photographer (Winner 2017)
Dodho 25 Most Talented European Photographer (Winner 2017)
Photo Vogue Exposure Award (Finalist 2016)
SIPA contest Photo Award (Gold Medal 2014)
National Photography Award by WPO (1st Prize 2008)
First Art Fair 2018 (Jan 2018)
LensCulture Winter Print Show @ Klompching Gallery, New York, USA (Dec 2017)
AAF Battersea Fall 2017 (Oct 2017)
Art Aspen 2017 (Aug 2017)
KunstRai 2017 (May 2017)
AAF Hampstead 2017 (May 2017)
De Parade @ Breda Museum, Breda, Netherlands (May 2017)
Elizabeth Koning @ Mirror Gallery, Vicenza, Italy (Apr 2017)
Scope New York 2017 (Apr 2017)
Elizabeth Koning @ Pulchri Studio, The Hague, Netherlands (Feb 2017)
The London Group Exhibition, London, UK (Dec 2016)
Solo Show @ Studio Erik Gutter, Blaricum, Netherlands (Sep 2015)
Singer Museum, Laren, Netherlands (Jul 2015)
Fotoweek, Amsterdam, Netherlands (Sep 2014)
Holland Art Exhibition, Ibiza, Spain (Sep 2013)