Billy & Hells

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Germany

 

The legend says they met in a German countryside disco back in the 80s. Anke Linz and Andreas Oettinger have worked together ever since – sharing 15 different homes and a set of principles for proper picture manufacturing (17 dark rooms and one portable daylight studio for portraits) – under the Billy & Hells pseudonym as painters-photographers would. The origin story might be somewhat vague, but the retro feeling to their work is anything but. The texture of their works is a happy result of numerous trials and “errors”. Ethereal portraits and eerie landscapes are strong indicators of the couple’s artistic and historic references. A new era Bonnie & Clyde who seek only to steal a moment from our lives, invite us to visit the models, and who walk through their background-painted pictures as they would through the rooms of a new Western guesthouse.
 
Leur rencontre aurait eu lieu dans une discothèque de la campagne allemande dans les années 80. Anke Linz et Andreas Oettinger collaborent depuis - et après une vie de bohème (15 déménagements) et d'acquisition des principes de la fabrication d'images (17 chambres noires et un studio lumière du jour portable pour le portrait) - sous le pseudo Billy & Hells, tels des peintres-photographes. Si l'époque est incertaine, l'ambiance est rétro, assurément. Des "erreurs" de laborantins amènent cette texture finalement heureuse. Les portraits éthérés et paysages atmosphériques laissent peu de doutes sur les références artistiques et historiques du duo. Ces Bonnie & Clyde qui ne braquent que nos regards nous invitent à rendre visite aux modèles, traversent les images aux fonds peints comme les pièces d'une maison d'hôte d'un nouveau Western
 


EXHIBITION / AWARDS / SELECTIONS
 

2003  dream worlds«, for Camerawork in Berlin
2004  "Tabea" Leica Gallerie Tokyo, Japan
2005-2007 Group exhibitions for Lumas Germany, France, Swiss
2006  "Billy & Hells" department Store in Berlin
2007  "dona,etcètera" Fundacion Foto Colectionia, Barcelona, Spain, Group Exhibition
2007  Taylor wessing Portrait Prize« National Portrait Gallerie London
2008  "wild west" Gallerie Utrecht Galerie Utrecht
2008  "Sisters of Mercy" Gallerie Utrecht in Amsterdam
2009  "der Eigene Raum" Gallerie Utrecht
2009  "Sisters of Mercy" Luxemburg
2010  "18 Seconds« Gallerie Utrecht in Amsterdam
2010  "Best of Billy & Hells" Gallerie Utrecht in Amsterdam
2011  "In Between" Gallerie Utrecht in Amsterdam
2012  "The Astronauts wife" Gallerie Utrecht in Amsterdam
2012  "After Hours" Gallerie Fahey Klein in Los Angeles
2013  "Billy&Hells" Morpho Fine Art Gallery at Raw Art Fair Rotterdam
2013  "Mme Gabrielle, Frau Heidi und Miss Jazz" at Atelier Jungwirth
2013 "Look at me" Group Exhibition at CU-1 Gallery in Miami
2013 "Red" Morren Galleries in Amsterdam