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New homeland, new studio, new inspiration...


It has been a while since I shared some news here.

A few months ago I moved from Antwerp (Belgium) to the Valencian Community in beautiful Spain.

A new (old) home, a new environment, new inspiration, new climate and of course a new studio. I am in the middle of the process of creating new portraits and abstracts for the galleries I already work with, and I've got an exciting and very busy year ahead of me. First of all, another big solo show is planned at ARTclub Gallery in Paris, by the end of September this year. I am thrilled about my successful collaboration with this fantastic gallery on toplocation, right opposite the Louvre.

 

Furthermore, I've been asked by Bartoux-galleries to show my paintings in their amazing galleries (several countries), and we are starting in their gallery on New Bond Street in London. It will take a few months before the first ones will arrive, but I am very happy with this new collaboration. 

 

At the end of this year, I will have a solo exhibition at the gallery I've been working with since many many years now: Kunsthuys (before Galerie De Kei), in Best, the Netherlands, and of course you can also see paintings of my monumental series in Amsterdam and Utrecht at Morren Galleries.

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Very successful solo show in Paris


My solo exhibition at ARTCLUB Gallery in Paris was a blast.

Besides the numerous sales, it was fantastic to meet so many interested people during the opening of the show. The sold paintings are going to different places all over the world.

I want to thank Olivier Dyan, Eric Bouzemane and the rest of the gallery-team.

The gallery is very renowned and situated right next to the Louvre in Paris. 

You just can't miss it when you pass by. I work with this gallery in permanence.

So if you ever happen to be in Paris, and in the neighborhood, go take a look inside!!

172, Rue de Rivoli!



Right next to the Rijksmuseum


Morren Galleries opened its first gallery in Utrecht 23 years ago. 

About 8 years ago a second gallery was opened on the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam.

Now it's time to move to a more prominently venue: right next to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and my abstract paintings will be shown here right from the start.

 

Hope to see you at the opening, or jump in another time.

Morren Galleries opened its first gallery in Utrecht 23 years ago. 

About 8 years ago a second gallery was opened on the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam.

Now it's time to move to a more prominently venue: right next to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and my abstract paintings will be shown here right from the start.

 

Hope to see you at the opening, or jump in another time.



Pentecost - Pinksteren


May 17, 2016

It's kind of insane... having 5 exhibitions at the same time. But that is what happened last weekend.

A group exhibition in Hamburg at Metropolitan Gallery + Gregs Gallery. A solo show in Luxemburg City at Galerie Schortgen. An opening/group-show in Amsterdam at Morren Galleries. An art fair in New York with MZ Urban Art at Yonkers ARTS weekend. An opening/group show in Best at Kunsthuys.



Real art does not need explanation


March 13, 2016

Ever since I started my career as an artist, I've been annoyed by 'art' that needs a lot of explanation, in order to be more attractive to the spectators, or better to potential buyers.

In my opinion an artwork needs to speak for itself! That's why it is called ART.

Art goes beyond languages and borders. It can unify people worldwide, and it can be an ice-breaker in difficult conversations or situations. At the same time it can define culture and cultural differences. Art can be beautiful, and even bring you to tears of joy, but it can also be horrifying and touch the deepest depth of your soul. It can make you wonder, irritate, incite, prickle, touch your emotions positivily or negatively It can be provocative or take you to another world. Through the ages, art has been used for propaganda, religion, communication, protest and nowadays also for publicity and as an investment. Imagine a world without art??? To me that is impossible. Sometimes you feel the need to explain to yourself, or others, why (an) artwork touches you. That is great, because you would love to share it with everyone. There is nothing wrong with enthusiasm and every artist needs encouragement and compliments!!!

I feel the need to write this, because everytime I visit an exhibition in a gallery or a museum, or watch a television programm about art, I am annoyed when an art-critic starts to twaddle about why, what, when, how and tell you what you should see, think, feel about it. Please let the spectators decide for themselves, if they are attracted to the artwork or not, and what it does to their feelings. Let them fill in the blancs by themselves... OR not! Of course, when you like the work of an artist, and your hear more about the meaning, reason why it was created, it can even become more attractive to you. But art that does not speak to you, touch you in any way at all, will not be more attractive after a long statement or explanation or thoughts, which say more about the speaker, than the artist or artwork.

I have to add to this that, in my opinion, it is absolutely necessary to keep in mind, in what period of history the art has been made. Because that part is very important. And I also think that art should be unique... not a copy of someone elses style!! However, when an art critic has to make an artwork more attractive, by explaining a lot, with many superlatives and poetic words, about why an artwork is so important, I think this says more about him/herself, than about the art. Sometimes a contemporary artist is hyped, because there are some investors behind it (follow the money)... and NOT because it is so damn interesting. Fortunately, because of the internet and social media, all artists have a much larger stage then ever before, and we can keep on discovering art that really attracks us. ☺