Hans Withoos’ photography is set in the world of abundance and artifice–the smell of decadence wafts towards the viewer. It is a world simultaneously familiar and different. In Withoos’ exaggerated scenes, the figures crowding the images become archetypes, and the viewer is overcome by a sense of alienation. The work is full of layered, staged images with idiosyncratic esthetics. Sometimes the photographs evoke emotions related to suffering, sensuality and hidden oppressiveness; at other times the images depict the complete opposite and are deliberately emotionless.
Withoos’ works have been shown around the world, amongst other: group NORMAL Paris France, Group FAT Art & Fashion Week Toronto Canada. His work can be found in private and public collections, e.g. the Erasmus University, Rotterdam.
Withoos studied at Academy of Visual Arts, Tilburg, the Netherlands. He lives and works in Rotterdam, NL.