Biography

Rutger Prins' (1983) roots lie in digital image experimentation, back when digital photography was still in its infant years. Growing up with computer technology he garnered a knack for esthetics before his enrollment at Academie Minerva in Groningen, Netherlands. Whilst being trained as graphic designer, Rutger came into contact with photography by capturing his mothers final moments as she was terminally ill, her passing eventually leading to an obsession with mortality itself.

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Rutger working on his Discord piece, 2015

While he worked as a freelance graphic designer and photographer for major brands in the creative industry for the past 10 years he is just now focussing on building a body of personal work.

The ephemeral is a recurring theme in his work, often masked behind an incredible amount of manual labour that shows with each image and brings the age-old question of reality into play that makes photography such an interesting medium. Months of research and experimentation with materials and mixed media precede any type of creation. Everything from his studio is depicted with a raw sense of violence and a certain taste for showmanship.

In his first year of creating personal works (2014), Rutger has been selected for a multitude of different exhibitions and is eager to expand his horizon.

Currently seeking gallery representation.

Rutger's graphic design studio is called Regime and is actively switching between arts and freelance work, don't hessitate to contact for assigments.

Curriculum Vitae

Born 1983 in Emmen, the Netherlands

2017

  • Work featured by NRC Online, the Netherlands
  • Interview with Café Obscura, the Netherlands
  • Selected for Rotterdam Photo 2017, Artweek Rotterdam, the Netherlands
  • Wintersalon Y2, Groningen, the Netherlands
  • Photography guest teacher, USVA

2016

  • Work featured by LENSCRATCH, 'Animals among us' online exhibition, United States
  • Work featured by LENSCRATCH, 'Last Days of Summer' online exhibition, United States
  • Work featured on Instagram by Humble Arts Foundation, United States
  • Portfolio presentation at Michele Filomeno Agency Paris, France
  • Submitted work to Lensculture, United States
  • Submitted work for Der Greif Magazine, Germany
  • Work featured by Adobe® Create (Alyssa Coppelman), United States
  • Work featured by LENSCRATCH, United States
  • Work featured in de Volkskrant, the Netherlands
  • Photography guest teacher, USVA

2015

  • Entered Aperture Foundation Portfolio Prize, United States
  • Work featured by the Humble Arts Foundation, United States
  • Submitted work for Peter Miller Fine Art Gallery Open Call, United States
  • Selected for New Dutch Photography Talent, GUP Magazine, the Netherlands
  • Portfolio Reviews at International Photofestival Leiden, the Netherlands
  • ZomerExpo exhibition - Gemeentemuseu the Hague, the Netherlands
  • Noorderlicht Photofestival exhibition, the Netherlands
  • Work featured by NRC Handelsblad (Tracy Metz), the Netherlands
  • Work featured by Gezinsbode (Jos Jansen op de Haar), the Netherlands
  • Kunst aan de Vaart exhibition, the Netherlands
  • Work published in Noorderbreedte magazine, the Netherlands
  • PINK! exhibition, the Netherlands
  • Lecture at Academie Minerva, the Netherlands
  • Photography guest teacher, Noorderpoort College
  • Photography guest teacher, USVA

2014

  • Nieuwe Collectie Kunstuitleen, CBK Groningen
  • Marimacha exhibition, Groningen
  • Photography guest teacher, Noorderpoort College

2013

  • Oficina de Arte, Mexico City
  • Group exhibition, CBK Groningen
  • Noorderlicht Photofestival 2013 - Satelite Exhibition, Groningen
  • Photography guest teacher, Noorderpoort College

2008

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts at Academie Minerva

2001

  • Cambridge Certificate English

Rutger would like to extend his gratitude to the following people who have been instrumental to his work:

Eva Lenis, Jan Prins, Nik Roos, Frederiek Bosch, Walter Flapper, Sander van der Bij, Marcel Sturing, Eduard Bezembinder, Colien Langerwerf, Mieke Fokkinga, Tsjalling Venema, Frederike Slichter, Roeland Dijksterhuis, Matthijs Luttikhuizen, Jan Nico van Oosten, Jouke Zult, Jan Willem de Boer and everyone who has supported his work throughout the years.

© 2017 Rutger Prins Pinch to zoom image jannico.nl

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