The Rake's Takes: Christian Develter

Viewing a work of art should take its time. Christian Develter’s portraits are composed in such a way that, the more of our time and attention we give them, the more contemplative and alive his subjects become.
Christian Develter's studio in Siem Reap.

Born in Belgium, Develter has resided and worked in Asia since the mid-nineties; currently residing in a studio set amongst the poppy fields of Siem Reap. His origins in the Ghent Art School (trained by the famous Antwerp Fashion Academy responsible for Dries Van Noten and Ann Demeulemeester) influences his technique with a ‘pop-art’ or modish aesthetic. One can find his work in the houses of Royalty across the globe, and in the permanent display of some of the most legendary hotels in the world—not least the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok or the Copacabana Palace Hotel in Rio de Janeiro. His portraits furnish those rooms with faces that are both familiar in their humanity, their smiles and gazes, and starkly different because of the places they originate from.


February 2023


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