Women portraits are central to the painting work of Nathalie Pirotte. Specialized in masked portraits, she likes to play with media pictures in a copy-paste and recycling sense. The female artist draws her inspiration from movies, pink colors, animals, laces, flowers and hybridizations of all kinds. This is not only a research on identity but also on the medium of painting in the era of Photoshop. Oscillating between surrealism and pop culture, the mythological and the porn, her figurative work on the issue of the seduction of painting takes the form of the seduction as a woman.
Nathalie Pirotte paints mainly seductive women, which she transforms into anonymous subjects by literally erazing their face with paint. In Effigies, an intriguing series of women with animal heads, she clearly explores and interrogates female stereotypes. Created with the gaze of a female artist, the women portraits feature both eroticism and feminism. Depicting beautiful and apparently strong women, the construction of the female identity stands at the centre of Nathalie Pirotte's art work.
Nathalie Pirotte (°1965, Albertville) is a Belgian painter who lives and works in Brussels. In 1989 she completed her Master in Painting and 3D Research in La Cambre, Brussels. In the past years her work has featured in solo shows in Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany, and she has also taken part in numerous group exhibitions in Belgium and abroad. Her work can be found in the following collections: Communauté française de Belgique, Unisys, BSB (B), Town of Ettelbruck (GDL), Town of Dudelange (GDL), City of Luxembourg (GDL), Sanrio (It) and in private collections in Europe, the United States and Australia. Nathalie Pirotte is also working as a painting teacher at the Arlon Academy of Fine Arts in Belgium.