Len Van Brook - Pictures, Art, Photography

Len Van Brook

  Pisco Sweet by Len Van Brook
Pisco Sweet
Surreal Places
from $ 599 to $ 1,099
  Trail by Len Van Brook
Trail
Surreal Places
from $ 399 to $ 1,149
  Chill out by Len Van Brook
Chill out
Surreal Places
from $ 599 to $ 999
  Poppy Flies by Len Van Brook
Poppy Flies
Surreal Places
from $ 749 to $ 1,199
  Joy by Len Van Brook
Joy
LIFE IN A NUTSHELF
from $ 1,099 to $ 3,090
  Arnika by Len Van Brook
Arnika
LIFE IN A NUTSHELF
from $ 1,099 to $ 3,090
  Pano by Len Van Brook
Pano
LIFE IN A NUTSHELF
from $ 899 to $ 1,999
  Las Vegas by Len Van Brook
Las Vegas
Lost in Translation
from $ 399 to $ 2,590
  London by Len Van Brook
London
Lost in Translation
from $ 499 to $ 1,599
  New York by Len Van Brook
New York
Lost in Translation
from $ 499 to $ 1,599
  Venice by Len Van Brook
Venice
Lost in Translation
from $ 599 to $ 2,490
  Los Angeles by Len Van Brook
Los Angeles
Lost in Translation
from $ 599 to $ 2,690
  Paris by Len Van Brook
Paris
Lost in Translation
from $ 599 to $ 2,290
  Edinburgh by Len Van Brook
Edinburgh
Lost in Translation
from $ 749 to $ 3,090
  Edinburgh Detail by Len Van Brook
Edinburgh Detail
Lost in Translation
from $ 399 to $ 2,590
  London Detail A by Len Van Brook
London Detail A
Lost in Translation
from $ 399 to $ 2,590

Background Information about Len Van Brook

Introduction

Lost in Translation


In his Lost in Translation series, artist Len van Brook adopts a new approach, expanding his repertoire as a storyteller. In cinematic style, he juxtaposes sensual female subjects and world-famous metropolises. In doing so, he fashions a captivating interplay between the interior and exterior worlds, which serves as an impressive backdrop for the women in focus. Van Brook skillfully plays with desire. He lures our imagination into the distance, allowing us to experience well-known cityscapes. Simultaneously, he establishes a unique framework in which unexpected encounters become possible. By means of precise lighting techniques and well-composed imagery, his works create a mesmerizing atmosphere that is classic yet contemporary.

Van Brook’s engagement with the viewer is another fascinating aspect of his works. On one hand, the window perspective captures the everlasting momentum of the city, and, on the other, the glimpse at quiet rooms and private interiors creates a sense of intimacy. Viewers become participants in the stories that unfold through meticulous movements and introspective facial expressions. The works emanate an emotional strength generally associated with the icons of contemporary cinematography.


Life in a Nutshelf



Tokens of a life come together on a shelf – books, magazines, pictures, robots, and King Kong. These objects are diverse, but they share something. Someone placed these objects upon the shelf in an unmistakable arrangement. They’re not random, they are a curated selection of objects, each with high personal value. Together, they are like pieces of a puzzle that tell their collector’s story. Photographer Len van Brook dives into the shelf and its expressive characteristics. In his work the shelf becomes the reflection of a person. His photos capture the original arrangements on the shelf from real people. Leaving you to wonder – Who marked the pages in the poetry collection? Who placed King Kong next to the thesaurus? Who filled this colorful, eclectic shelf with such objects?


The expression, “In a nutshell,” is used to describe something that is condensed, summarized, or to the point. Stephen Hawking, for example, summarized the universe in a nutshell in layman’s terms, for people that do not have a doctorate in theoretical physics. Similarly, In Van Brook’s series, he summarizes life, namely, in a nutshelf. The idea is as engaging as it is clever. The shelf, full of personal details, shares the story of its owner's life, their personality, through books, figures, and memorabilia.

For many years, Len van Brook has worked as a photographer, interior designer, and product designer. The concept of using shelves as a setting for a work of art stems from his passion for the personal design of rooms and spaces, which has always been part of his work. For him, making something personal is the "patina of life", it’s what transforms a room of four smooth white walls into something with character.