Barbara Hoogeweegen is fascinated by facial expressions and the tension between what we think we are revealing and the ways that we are actually read by others. The female figure is her chosen motif to explore this particular contradiction between expression and introspection.


Using oil on primed aluminium and canvas, Hoogeweegen’s mark-making is gestural and painterly, her colour palette subjective. She works from her own photographs, film stills and found images, engaging in the slippage between the felt and the photographic and highlighting again the contrast between the performance of a particular moment and its reality.


A Dutch painter, Hoogeweegen has an MA in Fine Art from London’s City and Guild School, having also trained in France.