CONTACT

Hans Neleman 77 Mercer Street B NY NY 10012 neleman@mac.com 917 673 5544


VIDEO

Hans Neleman creating an assemblage in his studio. Video directed by Austen Deery.


RESUMÉ

Hans Neleman (American, 1960) is a Dutch-born artist. Neleman studied fine art at Goldsmiths University in London, England. He holds a Bachelor degree in Film and Photography, and a Master of Arts from New York University.

Hans Neleman’s highly individual assemblages draw inspiration from taboos, morbid beauty and the transfiguration of found objects. Neleman focuses on the harmony of opposites as a fundamental part of his imagery, he juxtaposes the vital and the mortal, the myth and the modern tale. While referring at times to dark motifs, the work is also affectingly intriguing, endowed with erotic symbolism and infused with emotional qualities that we recognize immediately as inherent to the human condition. Deeply interested in semiotics and its related disciplines, and a master assembler and conjuror of images, associations and feelings, Neleman reclaims, scrutinizes, and skillfully melds styles, cultures, eras, and emotive states of being into extraordinary works of art. According to The National Book Review his work invites comparison with the art of Beuys, Duchamp, Cornell, Schwitters and Rauschenberg.

Early in his career, Neleman was known as one of New York City’s leading edge still life art photographers and was highly regarded internationally in the commercial and advertising arena. His accolades include Kodak Photographer of the Year and American Photographer Magazine Photographer of the Year. In 2006 he was awarded the Hasselblad Master title and he is the recipient of the World Image Award for Still Life Photography. Neleman returned to New York University to teach part-time classes in Art and Art Education from 1993-1995 and taught at the School of Visual Arts in 1999 and 2000. Three monographs of his artwork have been published. Moko: Maori Tattoo (1999) was featured at the Biennale de Lyon, France, in 2000 and 2015. Body Politics, Maori Tattoo Today was exhibited in 2009 at The Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts. Silence (2000) a collection of his large format still life work was first shown at the Visual Arts Museum, New York City. Night Chicas (2003) an exposé about prostitution in Guatemala, was launched with a one-man show at Ricco Maresca Gallery, New York City. Critic A. D. Coleman named Neleman, “A noteworthy addition to Susan Meiselas, Noboyushi Araki and others who have produced substantial bodies of work on sex workers.” Ken Johnson of The New York Times reviewed his work as “stunning, powerfully theatrical and visually lush.”

Hans Neleman’s illustrious career has spanned 30 years. His visual instincts, coupled with artistic sophistication, have produced a serious body of work that is part of many private and public collections, including the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the Peabody Museum, Massachusetts, the Museum of Contemporary Art Lyon, France, the Saint Joseph Art Museum, Connecticut, Norwalk Community College Art Collection, Connecticut, and the Housatonic Museum of Art, Connecticut.  His solo shows include Art Projects International, New York City, Schneider Gallery, Chicago, Ricco Maresca Gallery, New York City, and Anita Rogers Gallery, New York City.

In the last three years Neleman’s artistic journey continued as he made a shift to painting and assemblage art. The transition of medium has resulted in the creation of exuberant mixed media works on canvas, wood, and aluminum signs. It ranges from two and three-dimensional work to installations. Neleman’s new artistic manifestations show his ability to create innovative original contemporary art based on years of artistic enquiry.

Renowned art advisor, collector and Whitney Museum patron Thea Westreich describes Neleman’s assemblage work as, “embedded with a unique and original vocabulary, from where abstract and intuitive visual narratives and associations flow with poetic rawness.”

Neleman’s assemblages inhabit the space between abstraction and representation. His “Portraits” are an amalgamation of elements pulled from disparate sources, masterfully re-appropriated, assembled with a sharp sense of sculpture, and combined with found images. These orchestrations become an engaging visual duel, between the perception of the actual objects, and the concept of the image created. This charges the work with unlimited metaphysical potential. His “Abstractions” are hand torn and cut paper and fabric, a raw merging of layered, jagged and expressive patterning, mounted and adhered to canvas, wood, or aluminum. Neleman further marks these collages with oil paint and oil crayons, creating and articulating a sensitivity of line and shape that is often charged with erotic intrigue and an appreciation of the male and female form. The surfaces have the capability to transcend materiality, yet are tactile and textural, treated and stained to create patinas that go through various stages and metamorphoses before reaching completion.

Enriching Neleman’s works are multiple layers: a rich personal history, a passion for travel and collecting, an understanding of psychological drama and visual tension, and an undeniable artistic refinement.


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

  •     2019 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia

  • 2018 CUSP/NYC Gallery, Group Show, Brooklyn, New York

  •     2017  Anita Rogers Gallery, Solo exhibition, New York City

  • 2017 Anita Rogers Gallery, Group show, New York City

  •     2016 Lumière de L’Aube - Musee d’art contemporain de Lyon, France

  •     2016 Royal Ontario Museum, Canada

  •     2015 Biennale de Lyon, France

  •     2015 Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, France

  •     2014 Musée du quai Branly, Paris, France

  • 2014 Musée Géo Charles, Echirolles, France

  •     2013 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia

  •     2009 Peabody Essex Museum, Solo exhibition, Salem, Massachusetts

  •     2003 Ricco/Maresca Gallery, Solo exhibition, New York

  •     2000 Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, France

  •     2000 Biennale de Lyon, France

  •     1999 Holland Festival, Netherlands

  •     1999 Cultura De Nuevo León y Drexel Galeria, Solo exhibition, Mexico

  •     1998 Tabakman Gallery, Solo exhibition, New York

  •     1995 Schneider Gallery, Solo exhibition, Chicago

  •     1994 Art Projects International, Solo exhibition, New York

  •     1993 Eton Gallery Detroit, Solo exhibition, Michigan

  •     1991 Visual Arts Museum, Solo exhibition, New York


PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

The Museum of Contemporary Art Lyon, France. National Gallery of Australia, The Peabody Museum Massachusetts, Saint Joseph Art Museum, Connecticut, Norwalk Community College Art Collection, Connecticut, Housatonic Museum, Connecticut.


SELECTED PRESS           

New York Times, NPR, Time, Newsweek, US News and World Report, Financial Times, Harpers, The Face,

New Zealand Times, New Zealand Herald, NRC Handelsblad, Le Journal des Arts, Communication Arts, Graphis,

Photo District News, American Photo, British Journal of Photography, American Photographer Magazine


AWARDS

2016 ArtSlant – Prize Showcase Winner, Mixed Media

           Art Registry World Grant – Runner Up

2006 Hasselblad Master Awards – Master Title 

2003 Visual Merchandising and Display Awards – Annual Award

             SONY – First Place

2000 Picture of the Year POYi – Award of Excellence, for Newsweek Magazine

1999 The Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography – Finalist

Graphis Design – Gold Award

1998 Image Bank Award – $25,000 Grant for Visual Excellence

                              Graphis Design – Gold Award

                              Graphis Digital Photo – Gold Award

1997 CLIO Award – Certificate of Excellence

                              The American Advertising Award (ADDY) – Best of Print Advertising

                              PANL Award from the Photo Association of the Netherlands

                              PDN Photo and Design Award – Gold Award and Merit Award

                              PDN Self Promotion – First Place

                              PDN Brochure – Merit Award

                              Communication Arts – Jury Selection Award

                              Worldfest Houston – Silver Award

                              American Institute of Graphic Arts – Certificate of Excellence

                              Applied Arts Annual Award, Art Directors Club – Special Nomination

1996                       NIKON/PDN – Gold Award, Silver Award and Merit Award

                              Graphis Advertising – Merit Award

                              Communication Arts – Merit Award

1995                       Internet Advertising – IAC Award

                              Graphis Alternative Photography – Merit Award

                              Worldfest Charleston – Gold Award and Silver Award

                              The New York Festivals International TV & Cinema Advertising Competition – Finalist

                              The New York Festivals – Finalist

1994                       3-Dimensional Art Directors and Illustrators Award Show – Bronze Award

                              The New York Festivals – Silver Award and Finalist

                              The New York Festivals Television Programming and Promotion Awards – Bronze Award

                              Communication Arts – Award of Excellence

                              Graphis Poster – Merit Award

                              Graphis Annual Reports – Merit Award

                              Photo/Design Magazine – Gold Award, Merit Award

                              Worldfest Charleston – Silver Award

1993                       World Image Award SINAR – Still Life Photographer of the Year

                              Billboard Billie Awards – Gold Award

                              American Photography – Merit award

                              Graphis Poster – Merit Award

                              Photo/Design Magazine – Finalist

                              Studio Magazine – Merit Award

                              Worldfest Houston – Silver Award

 1992                     The Creative Black Book – Award of Excellence

                              Advertising Photographers of America – Merit Award

                              AFAEP (UK) Award – Merit

                              Communication Arts – Award of Excellence

                              Creativity 1992 – Certificate of Distinction

                              Graphis Photo – Merit

                              The New York Festivals – Bronze Award and Merit Award

                              Photo/Design Magazine – Gold Award

                              Society of Publication Designers – Merit Award

                              Studio Magazine – Silver Award

1991                       Broadcast Designers Association – Silver Award

                              Advertising Photographers of America – Merit Award

                              The Art Directors Club – Merit Award

                              Communication Arts – Award of Excellence

                              Creativity 1991 – Certificate of Distinction

                              The New York Festivals – Gold Award and Silver Award

                              NIKON/PDN – First Place

                              American Institute of Graphic Arts the CG Show – Certificate of Excellence

1990                      CLIO Award – Best Public Service Campaign

                              Communication Arts – Award of Excellence

                              Graphis Photo – Merit Award

                              NIKON/PDN – First Place and Third Place

                              Photo/Design Magazine – Silver Award

                              Society of Publication Designers ­­– Merit Award

                              Studio Magazine – Silver Award

1989                       AFAEP (UK) Awards – Gold Award

                              American Photography – Merit Award

                              Art Directors Club – Award of Excellence

                              Art Direction Magazine - Certificate of Distinction

                              Communication Arts – Award of Excellence

                              Graphis Photo – Merit Award

1988                       AFAEP (UK) Awards – Silver and Merit Award and Special Jury Mention

                              American Photography – Merit Award

                              Annual Report 100 – Best Photography Award

                              Art Directors Club – Merit Award

                              Art Horizons – Certificate of Excellence

                              Calumet Award – Second Place and Certificate of Recognition

                              CEBA Creative Excellence in Business Awards – Merit Award

                              Communication Arts – Award of Excellence

                              Graphis Photo – Merit Award

                              International Art Competition New York – Certificate of Excellence

                              International Film & Television Festival – Finalist

                              NIKON/PDN – Second Place

                              Society of Publication Designers – Exhibition Winner

                              Studio Magazine – Merit Award

1987                       American Photographer – Photographer of the Year Award

                              NIKON/PDN – Award for Best Overall Marketing Campaign

                              American Photography – Merit Award

                              Communication Arts – Award of Excellence

                              Graphis Photo – Merit Award  

1982                       Kodak (UK) – Photographer of the Year Award 


INSTALLATIONS 


ARCHIVE

For the prestigious exposé in Graphis magazine Hans Neleman was photographed, at the age of 28, by portrait legend Arnold Newman.

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STYLE ICON

In this Financieel Dagblad (Dutch Financial Times) ‘Style Icon’ section Neleman talks about his solo exhibition in SoHo, his favorite restaurant RAOUL’S, style icon David Bowie, and the fashion designs of Dries van Noten.

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