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Sonja de Graaf

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University: BA / LABA Academy of Fine Art / Florence Italy
Graduation Year: 2008

New Blood Art Statement

Sonja de Graaf’s paintings swell with bella figura; aesthetic forms and dancing gestures celebrate youth, beauty and energy. Photographic sources become animated by paint and flavoursome textures are re-rendered with broad sweeps of colour.

De Graaf’s zest for life is evident in her painting. This Dutch artist honed her skills at LABA Academy of Fine Arts, Florence, and then as assistant to the renowned installation artist, Vittorio Corsini.

Artist Statement

I have studied fairytales and literature through my work, Lolita and Little Red Ridinghood being the ones of most influence on what I do, but it all started with the Book 'Een nacht om te vliegeren' (a perfect night to fly a kite) by the Dutch author Renate Dorrestein. Where women seem to have lost their innocence, I search. I look beyond the appearance, the forced erotic facade, layers of makeup and luxury clothes. My models are porn stars, supermodels and actresses, my drawings are their innocence and frailty, their insecurity and sweetness. Here in their humanity is where I believe true sensuality can be found.

 

 

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The etherialized essence of th...

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The calm water

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I kissed a Girl and let her go...

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It seams that my heart would b...

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'Life' She replied, and then t...

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She hated everything that is d...

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Then she thought that she had ...

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I shall ever try to keep my bo...

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The nature of man himself

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All lovers want the beloved to...

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At Night When Awake and Feel I...

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You Worry Too Much

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When Times Get Rough

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Of her frailty no memory remai...

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Drunk with joy, I forget mysel...

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Jealousy and anger pierced thr...

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I Know All of Your Secrets

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She Always Felt a Little Skimp...

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A curl of Pink Rubber Rolled u...

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True to Her Creed, She Did Not...

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She Appeared Insincere and Cru...

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Lovin' those Stars and Stripes...

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Lost in Her Own Universe #2

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Lost in her own universe #3

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Untitled (Legs)

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Breathe

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At a Glance

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A Girl and her Gun

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Lost in Her Own Universe #1

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A Thousand Beautiful Things

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And the Tear Rose and Fell and...

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Fascinated by your words

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She was not an impulsive woman...

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I Suppose We're All Proud of S...

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She Was Sorry That She Did Not...

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Her Life Had Schooled Her to R...

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Opus Amoris est Maxima Miseria...

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Ages Pass, and Still There is ...

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The Figure of a Woman Crossing...

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Untitled (Girl)

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For the Sake of Any Friend who...

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And the Air Around Her Became ...

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Mood Indigo

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A moment's indulgence

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