About Roy Kerckhoffs Art
In my work I enjoy conveying a story of a place with a history. I love bold textures as these are created by passing time, therefore putting emphasis on bygone days. In particular, I aim to show the beauty that exists in human-made wooden, concrete and steel structures contrasting with soft organic forms from nature. My favorite subjects are industrial objects, ghost towns and coastal themes with an element of human origin in it. To obtain my goal I portray these by high-contrast black and white photographs and hand color the photographs with an oil-based paint, using similar techniques as in the early days of photography. My frames have a relation with the subject matter, such that the final product is an integrated whole.
About The Photographer
Born in Geleen, the Netherlands, 1973, early on, I was interested in visual arts: my father taught me to draw when I was 3-4 years old. I became fascinated by the paintings of the Dutch Masters and later I became interested in photography when my parents bought a small point-and-shoot camera for me when I was about 10. I moved to San Diego, CA in 2003 to become a scientist at the University of California San Diego (I have a PhD in bioengineering). As a self-taught photographer, I founded Eyeball Photography with my wife Marie in 2008, which became Roy Kerckhoffs Art in 2014. Also early in that year I gave up my profession and career as a scientist to pursue a full time career as an artist/photographer. On December 1st, 2015 I opened my studio in Carlsbad, CA.
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