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In his abstract paintings and digital photo art, self-taught visual artist Joris Graaf (The Hague, 1980) seeks to create tension by forming a synthesis of opposites: noise and melody, order and chaos, growth and decay.

Purely driven by emotion, his work revolves around themes such as loneliness, fear and depression. Music and the associated visuals, such as album covers, are a strong influence.

There is no story or message in his work. It is about creating atmosphere, about making the viewer feel something. 

Joris was recently selected for New Dutch Photography Talent 2019 and FRESH EYES (European photography talent) 2019 by GUP magazine.


b. 1980, The Hague, The Netherlands




ART THE HAGUE (with popinnart), Fokker Terminal, Den Haag, October 2019.

Solo Exhibition, Calisto Cafe’, Vailate, Italy, 18-12-2018 – 06-01-2019.

New Dutch Photography Talent 2019, Melkweg Expo, Amsterdam, 2018.

One Day Gallery by Stichting DON, Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam, 2018.

LoosenArt – Alteration group exhibition, Millepiani, Rome, 2018.

Solo exhibition with music by Neueheimat, Staven 35, Lübeck, Germany, 2018.

Publications and Features

FRESH EYES 2019 (European photography talent), xpublishers, Amsterdam, 2019.

Creativpaper, Vol 002, Issue 012, 2018.

New Photography 2019, xpublishers, Amsterdam, 2018.

Lensculture Emerging Talent Awards 2018 online competition gallery.

Wotisart Magazine, 2018.

Average Arts Magazine, 2018.

1340 Art Magazine, 2018.


FRESH EYES 2019 (European photography talent) by GUP Magazine.

New Dutch Photography Talent 2019 by GUP Magazine.

Honourable Mention – International Photography Awards, 2018.

Honourable Mention – Monochrome Awards, 2017.

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