Erwin Olaf 2007
Irene from Grief

Lambda print.
80 x 60
Edition of 12
Signed, titled, dated and numbered in ink on an artist’s label affixed to the reverse.

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Contact us for more information about this beautiful photograph from Erwin Olaf’s Grief series.

‘In “Grief”, one of Erwin Olaf’s most acclaimed photo series, solitary figures brood in tearful silence. Loosely based on the style of American aristocracy in the early 1960s, these images blend historical detail with staged emotions.
“Grief” is a series about the choreography of emotion, and what you can create in the studio,” explains Erwin Olaf. “So I wanted to ask the question: how does grief really look? What is the aesthetic of grieving?”’

– Jonathan Turner

‘The methodically detailed world created by Erwin Olaf is a muted melodrama, inhabited by mannequin-like creatures in immaculate settings. It echoes the American 1950′s and 60′s, a parallel reality where kitsch meets noir fashion aesthetic with a heavily restrained colour palette. The ultra stylized individuals convey issues of beauty, loneliness and despair through a breathless meditation of tone and shape.’

– Gordon Gee, Picture Perfect

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