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Margriet Smulders at Witzenhausen Gallery

January 18, 2011

Margriet Smulders’ floral photographs are at Witzenhausen Gallery until February 19, 2011.

These glowing pieces are unlike any other floral photos you’ve ever seen. They’re not camera tricks, not super close-ups and most definitely not meticulously spare images of a single tulip stem.

No, Smulders’ work is lush and complex. She’s left the Dutch masters in the dust, adding depth and bravura technique. Smulders amped up her colors and uses multiple focal points in each image. This is difficult work. There is nothing bland and boring in her compositions. She chooses the dark side, recognizing life’s transience. Her images are haunting, stunning, beautiful but not pretty. There is nothing tepid here, it’s edgy work.

She shows frequently in Europe and Asia and her work is in many corporate collections. I believe this is her first US show. It is not to be missed.

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