Isabelle de Kleine is an Australian painter and video artist based in Berlin. Her work is a cross disciplinary exploration into perception and the psychological self; it is a continual study into a flawed, altered and edited conception of a reality through collaged and digital aesthetics; using heavy stylisation to disrupt the sense of realism. Her work is tied around the psychological understanding of cognitive distortions; how glitches within one's perception become a reality. Manipulating time and motion to create a metaphysical space that moves between expressive portraits and constructed aesthetics.
Through modernist and contemporary references, Isabelle's portraits sit in perpetual state of change; alluding to a passing of time and action, yet never arriving at a point of conclusion. A stillness within the moving and a movement within the still.
Isabelle has received national recognition for her work, notably winning the 2015 Digital Portrait Award at The National Portrait Gallery, the $10,000 Arkley Prize (2016) at the NotFair Art Fair and the Tolarno Hotel Acquisitive Painting Prize (2015). Furthermore, she has worked in residence at The Edge, State Library of Queensland and has exhibited work at Anna Pappas Gallery (2017), Rubicon (2017), Blindside (2016) Neon Parlour (2016), First Site Gallery (2015) and Forty-Five Downstairs (2015) as well exhibiting in notable festivals such as Gertrude Street Projection Festival (2016) and Channels Festival (2015), shown at Federation Square, Melbourne.
Through her work, Isabelle continually pushes boundaries of contemporary portraiture and new media arts by blurring the lines between technology and traditional forms of image making.
Isabelle is currently non-exclusively represented in Sydney, Australia by Sophie Vander of curatorial&co