Philip Provily

Born in 1968 - Netherlands


Philip Provily studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy School of Arts in Amsterdam. He graduated in 1994 with a series called "Still life" associating objects and body parts in black and white photography. He was inspired by the Dutch and Belgian painters Vermeer, Rembrandt and Magritte.

After a trip to New York, Philip Provily decided he wanted to study at the Cooper Union School of Arts in Manhattan. He discovered the work of the photographer Irving Penn in an Art gallery, his wonderful palladium prints... and treatment of light in black and white. His passion for natural light was born... When he was assistant to the artist photographer Rineke Dijkstra he learned the use of the technical camera. After the series Still life, he started to make color portraits.

First collaboration with Dutch gallerist Willem van Zoetendaal in Amsterdam, who invited him to contribute to the project "L'Oeil du Nord" at the Dutch Cultural Institute during the Month of Photography year 2000 in Paris. Eleven contemporary Dutch photographers were invited to show their view of Paris. During the project, he fell in love with Paris and decided to go back six months later for a one-year residency in collaboration with a Dutch company based in Paris. He proposed them two exhibition projects. It was the start of a new life : Philip Provily has been living and working in Paris since...

He discovered the pleasure of making portraits for European press and companies. His Dutch and French collaborations continue with Pennings gallery in Eindhoven and with Joëlle Kem Lika gallery in Paris.

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2013 Pennings gallery, Still life, Eindhoven (NL)

2008 Artelano design gallery, Still life, Paris

2005 Yoshiko Matsumoto gallery, La Lumière parle, Amsterdam

2004 Pennings gallery, Eindhoven

2002 Organon France, Pepijn Provily photographer, Paris

1999 Jacoba Wijk gallery, Noorderlicht Photofestival, Groningen (NL)

1998 Berlage gallery, curator W. van Zoetendaal, Amsterdam

1997 Studio d'arte contemporanea Pino Casagrande, Rome



Luminescences, Galerie Joëlle Kem Lika, Sainte Vertu (89)
Openscape, ANOA galerie, Paris


Van der Donk interior, Gorinchem (NL)
Fotofever artfair Paris, Pennings Gallery
Wijk Gallery, C.O. Jellema, Wehe den Hoorn (NL)


Maison des Arts, Univers photographiques, Antony ( FR )
Fotofever artfair, Pennings gallery, Brussels


Fotofever Artfair Paris, Pennings gallery


The Box in Paris, Mise en scène, Paris
Rob de Vries gallery, GRID 2010, Haarlem (NL)
Espace Beaudouin, Construire sa lumière, Antony ( FR )
Artantique, Wijk gallery, Utrecht ( NL )


SIPA, galerie Yoshiko Matsumoto, La Corée du Sud
Wijk gallery, Herfst, Wehe den Hoorn, (NL)
Wonderwood design gallery, Amsterdam


Glow, Pennings gallery, Eindhoven, ( NL )
Sifap fair, Yoshiko Matsumoto gallery, South Korea
Kunstverein Salzdefurth (D )


L’Aiguillage gallery, Paris
Colette, Paris
Art Amsterdam, Yoshiko Matsumoto gallery, Amsterdam


KunstRai, Yoshiko Matsumoto gallery, Amsterdam
Art Rotterdam, Yoshiko Matsumoto gallery, Rotterdam (NL)
Realisme 06, Wijk gallery, Amsterdam


pAn art fair, Yoshiko Matsumoto gallery, Amsterdam
Photofolies 2005, Rodez
Wijk gallery, Noorderlicht festival, Wehe den Hoorn (NL)
Museum kunst palast, Slow Art, Düsseldorf (D )


Retoricas del trabajo, CAC Malaga, Malaga (S)
Paris Photo Le carrousel du Louvre, Van Kranendonk gallery
Wijk gallery, Noorderlicht photofestival, Groningen
Centre National de la Photographie, Fables de l’identité, Paris
Photofestival Naarden, Home sweet home, Naarden, (NL)
Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Zonder Twijfel, Groningen


Soobin Art Gallery, Mois de la photographie, Singapore


pAn, l’Avenue de observatoire, Caldic collection, Amsterdam
The Frozen Fountain, Amsterdam
Wijk gallery, Noorderlicht photofestival, Groningen
LUMC, Slow Motion, Leiden (NL)


Institut Néerlandais, L'oeil du Nord, Paris


International Glasmanifestation '97, Fort Asperen, Leerdam (NL)
Wijk gallery, Noorderlicht photofestival, Groningen


Sala 1, 'Fotodiffusione '96 Olanda', Rome


Het Groninger Museum, Peiling 4, Groningen

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