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. Neleman’s photography, still life and portraiture, is highly regarded in the commercial and advertising arena, and his personal work has been published and exhibited internationally. Moko: Maori Tattoo (1999) was featured at the Biennale de Lyon, France, and exhibited 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) was launched with a one-man show at Ricco Maresca Gallery, New York City. Neleman’s photography is in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Australia, The Peabody Museum, Massachusetts, and The Museum of Contemporary Art Lyon, France.
In 2007 Neleman founded the boutique stock agency WIN-Initiative, based in SoHo, New York City. WIN licenses an artistic photo collection of contemporary concepts and lifestyles from global cultures.
Neleman works from his studio in New York City and a loft in a former lace factory in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he paints and creates his assemblages.
The assemblages explore erotic symbolism, taboos, morbid beauty, and the harmony of opposites between revered and profane, mortal and vital, myth and modern tale. Found objects are re-appropriated and combined with layers of collaged and painted imagery, to create ‘abstractions’ or ‘portraits’ that aim to transfigure elements of darkness into an aesthetic realm.
In September 2017 Anita Rogers Gallery, New York City, will present a solo exhibition of Neleman’s new work.
- 2017 Anita Rogers Gallery, New York
- 2017 The Field Museum, Chicago
- 2016 Lumière de L’Aube - Musee d’art contemporain de Lyon, France
- 2016 Royal Ontario Museum, Canada
- 2015 Biennale de Lyon, France
- 2015 Musee d’art contemporain de Lyon, France
- 2014 Musee du quai Branly, Paris, France
- 2013 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
- 2009 Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts
- 2003 Ricco/Maresca Gallery, New York
- 2000 Musee d’art contemporain de Lyon, France
- 2000 Biennale de Lyon, France
- 1999 Holland Festival, Netherlands
- 1999 Cultura De Nuevo León y Drexel Galeria, Mexico
- 1998 Tabakman Gallery New York
- 1995 Schneider Gallery, Chicago
- 1994 Art Projects International, New York
- 1993 Eton Gallery Detroit, Michigan
- 1991 Visual Arts Museum, New York