Top society photographer Alex Van Hagen, together with his brother, master copper etcher Han, will once again hold their highly successful joint exhibit at The Gallery of Peninsula Manila from March 6 to March 15, 2015. Titled Van Hagen and Van Hagen: Brothers in Art 5, the exhibit will feature stunning photos by Alex and exquisite copper etchings from his brother Han.
Aside from being the photographer of choice for the rich and beautiful, Alex is well-travelled and has a keen eye for details. When he is not pointing his lenses at famous personalities in posh events, he likes to explore beautiful landscapes, still life and cityscapes around the world. With nature as his inspiration, most of Alex’s photographs are green. He is also fascinated with geometric shapes and its play with light and shadow, have produced equally stunning modernistic works.
Han Van Hagen on the other hand is one of Europe’s contemporary masters of copper etching. One of the founders of The Etch-club of The Hague, Han was educated at the prestigious Royal Academy for Arts and Design in The Hague and enjoys a reputation as one of the top 20 practioners of his art.
Han’s copper etchings are highly prized and have been exhibited around the world. Exquisitely detailed and almost photographic, his diverse works include landscape and architecture of old castles in the Netherlands and Europe. But he draws his inspiration from his farm which he calls home. Here, he produced fantastic etchings of birds, sheep, cows and bulls.
Alex and Han had their first joint exhibit in 2007. The sold-out exhibit was praised by Manila’s art connoisseurs and collectors. Since then, they have mounted three equally successful exhibits. Presented by Fila and The Peninsula Manila and supported by Belo, Bench, Century Properties and Philippine Tatler, these artistic brothers are once again ready to capture the attention of Manila’s art scene with their fifth.