‘Highlighting Skin’
Michael Kirkham and

Ina van Zyl

18 January 2020 - 15 March 2020

An encounter between light and skin: this is how one might describe the paintings of Ina van Zyl and Michael Kirkham. For both artists, the skin signifies the fine line between the inner and the outer – it is vulnerable, battered and occasionally it reflects the light. The lives of the figures in Kirkham and Van Zyl’s paintings take place mainly beneath the skin.

In the Highlighting Skin exhibition, the works are brought together in one space. The starting point is Ernst van Alphen’s essay by the same title. Ernst also selected the works in the exhibition.

The double exhibition is the result of a collaboration between Galerie Onrust, Galerie Gerhard Hofland and De Ketelfactory. The idea has come from Boudi Eskens of Galerie Onrust, Amsterdam.


distillation ‘Reflections’

Sunday 8 March 2020, 14.00-19.00 hrs.

We had an inspiring program in collaboration with, among others, Ernst van Alphen and Rory Pilgrim.
Kim Everdine Zeegers created video portraits of the artists. More information about the programme can soon be found on the website and in the newsletter.

Costs: € 25 p.p., including a meal and the publication Highlighting Skin.

video portraits


The exhibition is accompanied by the publication Highlighting Skin, containing images of the displayed works and the essay by Ernst van Alphen. The publication will be available in Dutch as well as in English.

articles (in Dutch)

De Ketelfactory toont bijzondere ‘Highlighting Skin’ – Kor Kegel in Het Nieuwe Stadsblad

Waar gewoon nog schilderijen hangen – Rob Smolders in Altijd Vandaag

Highlighting skin – Avondlog Wim Noordhoek

Onderhuidse spanning – Chris Reinewald in Museumtijdschrift

Skin deep  – De Kunstmeisjes

Onderhuidse spanningen – Hella de Groot in JEGENS & TEVENS

press and media (in Dutch)


film opening 18 januari – Ben Wigmans van Schie TV