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hidden portraits

For the viewer, the focus in my modified pictures shifts away from being the expression of an individual and towards the integration of painting in a social context. The “Hidden Portraits” examine the context of art as a means of representation and the relationship between image and reproduction.

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hidden portraits

Ten years in the making, Hidden Portraits reinterprets historical paintings through a modern lens. Using only elements from the original work, contemporary artist Volker Hermes visually manipulates famous Old Masters portraits, exploring expression when the face is obscured.

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animalis poyledae

My collages are based on historical drawings of animals, either from early scientific expeditions or natural history studies. Using image processing, I transform individual parts of the drawn animal bodies into geometric shapes. In a final step, I combine the original drawing and the polyhedron to create a hybrid new animal.

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academic studies

The historical drawings are pre-studies for paintings or exercises. I painted polyhedric forms as watercolors and inserted them in a digital collage as a head in the drawings. Previously pure geometric constructs, become emotionally charged when combined with studies of the human body.

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Faddy Magazine FEATURE: Fall 2022

An interview accompanied by an extensive compilation of images from the Hidden Portraits Series.


Volker Hermes' Hidden Portraits: a new voice in an old world

A free online seminar delivered by the Association for Art History as part of the Art History Festival. In a conversation with Douglas Dodds, former Senior Curator of Digital at the V&A, Volker Hermes will share more about his work and how he uses the digital format as a means of contemporary contextualization of historical artworks.

October 15TH

Leighton House: Collaboration

Following the Hidden Gem to National Treasure redevelopment project, a collaboration between Volker Hermes and the Lieghton House will be announced during the re-opening on October 15th.

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Animalis Poyledae Featured in “Kind of Cthulhu” exhibit

Makers Place currator Jarid Scott to feature Animalis Poyledae XV in his “Kind of Cthulhu” exhibit beginning September 19th.

TOH Magazine: volker hermes and his masked court

“The portraits of Voler Hermes have become so current, so much so that they also acquire political and cultural connotations, pushing us to reflect between the coded messages of the portraiture of the great masters to the semiotics of the new forms of representation...”

suited, booted, convoluted

A collaboration with Hamish Bowles, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and the National Gallery of Scottland. (April edition of The World of Interiors) Hermes was invited to create a Hidden Portrait from a Portrait of Charles Coote, 1st Earl of Bellomont
by Sir Joshua Reynolds.

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