|Juliet van Otteren|
A SHORT BIOGRAPHY OF THE ARTIST
Juliet van Otteren's first passions were dance and riding her horses bareback across the countryside. As an adult she studied various philosophical disciplines and lived for a number of years in the Middle East and the Himalayas, where she first explored portrait photography.
During the 80’s Juliet worked in Manhattan as a photographer, but seeking a more peaceful environment to pursue her artwork, chose in 1989 to move to the English countryside. Almost as soon as she arrived, the National Portrait Gallery in London began to acquire her work and within a year Juliet created precedent law by becoming the first photographer ever to be granted an artist's working visa to the U.K.
For the next ten years Juliet created her art in England and in France, finally returning to live in the USA in the late 90’s. Today Juliet continues to travel the world creating unique images that are housed in the collections of major museums on three continents.
Juliet’s photography book, Heart of the Horse, was published by Barnes & Noble in 2004. She is currently working on three other books Being Dog, Portraits of Birds and Portraits of Writers.
Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris
2007 April-May, International Museum of the Horse, KY, (1WS)
Self-Portraits - Silver gelatin prints in editions of 19
My self-portrait series is a body of work, which was begun twenty years ago. I did not feel that they were ready to be exhibited until now and that is why they have never before been exhibited. My self-portraits are an exploration of the soul, expressed through the unmasking, defining and redefining of what is real and what is unreal in a life. It is the unmasking of an incarnation, a life laid bare. An examination of the various personas that make up a human being, not the ones we display to the public but those that we carry within ourselves, exposed if ever so fleetingly for the camera to catch and freeze in that moment in time.
Nude Studies - Silver gelatin prints mostly in editions of 19 to 25
Through movement, shape and emotional content, I am giving the viewer a chance to see the innate beauty of the human form. Over the years my work has evolved from my early classical full-tonal prints to the almost abstract look of my high contrast nudes. I have chosen to reduce the unimportant details in order to emphasize the composition, the beauty of form and the emotionality of my work.
Horse Studies - Silver gelatin prints in editions of 19
Combines the printing techniques I developed for my nude studies with my ability to encapsulate the complex emotionality of whatever it is I am photographing. "Heart of the Horse", a book of my horse studies was published by Barnes and Noble in September 2004
Dog Studies - Silver gelatin prints in editions of 29
My most recent series is the natural progression of my photographic studies, which encompass all living creatures. Being Dog, a book containing my studies of dogs will be published in 2006.