Vee Speers is an Australian artist living in Paris. She studied fine art and photography in Brisbane which was followed by a five year career in Sydney with the ABC television as a stills photographer. A short stay in France in 1990 became a permanent move to Paris, which for Speers is a place with ‘unlimited potential and endless creative inspiration.
In 2002, her passion for life backstage in the cabarets of Pigalle inspired her to revisit the smokey, 1920’s world of les maisons closes in Paris, using the backdrop of actual opulent locations which still remain intact today. During this period, Speers also began photographing eccentric people she met along the way, satisfying her attraction to those who dare to be different. But it was not until she turned towards her own childhood and family for inspiration that she became established in the art world for her hauntingly beautiful portraits of children in The Birthday Party. Her ability to blur the line between autobigraphy and fantasy, the bizarre and beautiful, is the key to these timeless portraits.
Vee Speers’ work has been exhibited in London, Paris, Miami, New York, Boston, Houston, Sydney, Atlanta, Stockholm, and China, Ireland, Singapore, Japan, Germany, Austria, Italy, Tunisia, Brazil and Mexico. Her work has graced the covers of Zoom, Public Art, Photo International, Images Magazine, A Conceptual Magazine, The British Journal of Photography, The Sunday Times UK, Russian Photo and Video and Swedish Photo with features in Eyemazing, Exit, Art Investor, Germany, Shots UK, Photo District News NYC, Photographica Tokyo, American Black + White, Milk, Fotomagazin, Chinese Photography, Bloom, BG Magazine Ecuador, Arte Al Limite, etc.
The monograph ‘Bordello’ with a foreword by Karl Lagerfeld is available world-wide, and ‘The Birthday Party’ monograph is now in it’s second edition.
©Vee Speers Immortal#12 courtesy acte2galerie
©Vee Speers Immortal#11 courtesy acte2galerie