Below is my most recent published work and links to where you can read the articles. For my full portfolio, please click on the link below.
When in Rome: Utrecht's Followers of Caravaggio
March 2019, Discover Benelux
An old zen proverb states that to follow the path in any discipline, you must first find the master. Then, you must follow them, walk with them and see through them to finally become the master yourself. In the early 17th century, three young Dutch artists arrived in Rome to walk this path.
Flemish Masters 2019: The World of Bruegel
January 2019, Discover Benelux
Continuing a three-year programme, Flanders will be hosting multiple events
celebrating the 450th anniversary of Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s passing. After last year’s bountiful exploration of artist Peter Paul Rubens, Discover Benelux explores what Flanders has in store for 2019.
Frans Hals and Leonardo da Vinci in Haarlem: Capturing the Soul
November 2018, Discover Benelux
In Amsterdam, you can share a coffee with a waxwork figure of George Clooney. Many have flocked to Madame Tussauds for that moment of belief that they are in the presence of a celebrity. But this is a tough crowd. Exposure to media has made us experts in recognising stars, testing the waxwork crafter’s ability to create a likeness. Outside the capital, the city of Haarlem is celebrating two artists who occupied themselves with the same challenge as Tussaud’s waxwork sculptors: how to convincingly portray a human being.
Photo: 'Study of Two Models' by Isa Hemphrey
For a long time I believed I would become a professional artist. But then I discovered the potential of using the written word instead of a brush or pencil to create. So, to the surprise of many, I instead chose a career in journalism. Communicating art through the written word is a challenging but rewarding pursuit. Getting to see incredible works of art, researching and discussing them with experts is the best part of my job.
Art journalism should connect the art industry to the masses, it should encourage people to seek out art, help them see the world differently and maybe even explore their own creativity. Art is a powerful force that helps us understand ourselves, our history, the world and other people. Nobody should be deprived of this.
Currently reading... 'Lord of the Flies' by William Golding
Work experience & Education
Has so far predominately written about Dutch and Flemish art for Discover Benelux and Timeless Travels magazine. Currently working on exhibition reviews for local shows in Medway and Kent.
Writer - Discover Benelux
Wrote features centred on fine art and culture for an in-flight travel magazine for the Benelux region. Have written about subjects such as Hieronymus Bosch, Johannes Vermeer and the Dutch fishing industry.
Copy Editor - Scan Group
Edited copy for Scan Group’s three in-flight magazines and online publications: Discover Benelux, Discover Germany and Scan Magazine. The publications cover leisure, business, design and culture.
BA Journalism - Kingston University
Areas of knowledge: Media law, journalism ethics, feature writing, news writing, social media, SEO and blogging. Wrote a dissertation on the effects of open journalism using the Guardian as a case study.
Production Journalism - National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ)
Teaches the fundamentals of sub-editing and design for newspapers, magazines and online.
BEST ARTS ARTICLE
Press Holland Awards 2017
‘Hieronymus Bosch: An Arbiter of Sinners’
Discover Benelux – March 2016
BEST PRINT ARTICLE (RUNNER UP)
Press Holland Awards 2018
‘The Bountiful North Sea: Scheveningen’s Proud Fishing Heritage’
Discover Benelux – January 2017
BEST PRINT ARTICLE (NOMINATED)
Press Holland Awards 2019
'Connecting With Escher'
Timeless Travels - Autumn 2018
'Pride of Place: The Cultural Exchange of England and the Netherlands'
Discover Benelux - September 2018
Screenwriting, films, music and reading.
Words of praise from professionals I have worked with in the past.
"Whenever Isa is working on a project, she goes all in. She will find out everything there is to know about a subject and even challenge experts with tough questions until she has all the information she needs. This makes her work original, thought-provoking and compelling to read."
Photo: 'Girl With Red Nail Polish' by Isa Hemphrey