Brussels,1967. Lives and works in Brussels.
Académie des Beaux-Arts,
Cours du "Studio Cecil- Graves",
Art Student League Summer School,
Bertrand Neuman is committed to achieving a balanced portrayal of the human being. His approach to portrature goes well beyond any physical ressemblance because he is more interested in the personality than in the exterior appearance of the person. He has a sincere approach without vain flattery bec
ause he can capture the model just as well in paint as in a simple sketch rich with significance.
Belgium, 1960. Lives and works in Belgium.
Drawing and painting.
G. Van Der Avoort researches her subjects tirelessly and continuously. She experiments and finds her own way, constantly searching for new techniques and new tools to achieve her goal. It is specifically the development of this complex process which drives her. She aims to transcend paint as an elem
ental material, giving it an existence of its own. In this way, she takes the viewer into an elusive universe.
Brussels, 1962. Lives and works in Brussels.
Académie des Beaux-arts,
Drawing, specialising in graphic expression.
Rachel Silski?s preoccupation as an artist is to share that which gives rise to the human condition, miserable and magnificent at the same time. Her works, using the so-called ?noble? materials, such as natural pigments, abound with those topics uppermost in her mind, such as collective and personal memories, and personal legacies. Other themes explored are those of grief, separation and how Eros and Thanatos are eternal experiences lived by each and every one of us.
Spain, 1956. Lives and works in Brussels.
Trained in the visual arts, Roberto Romeo concerned himself with pictorial series, before his preference for images brought him to photography, cinema and digital art. In recent years, he has focused on the exploitation of digital technologies, between figuration and abstraction, to rework grand cla
Tournai, 1970. Lives and works in Tournai.
In a pictorial encounter which sealed his destiny, Moché Kohen admits to having been blown away by the expressionist portraits of Egon Schiele, as much by the way in which the tormented psyche of the models were laid bare with their bizarre, even theatrical poses, as by the nervous brushstrokes of
the Viennese artist. With the first internal drum roll, and the Boom Boom Boom of their beating hearts, temples throbbing, an internal chant sung aloud, they advance barefoot in the dust, determined to break through and become real.
Brussels, 1974. Lives and works in Brussels.
In the early nineties, Graffiti was emerging in Brussels. Arnaud quickly becomes obsessive with this new passion and spends his nights along the railroads and subway tracks. He changes is name to END, a nickname with multiple significations. But if we must retain only one, it?s his tendency to end up with established codes. Unwilling to let himself follow in the footsteps of others, END plans his own different journey. Without ever falling into pure color, END will be the precursor of abstractive lettering, bounded by vague shapes. Since 2004 canvas has replaced concrete, allowing him to mix Graffiti culture with his tastes for Fashion, Design and Contemporary Art.
Antwerp, 1947. Lives and works in Antwerp.
Gartner?s work appears to be pages, torn loose from the inventory of memory. However, this coded language, of which we can only try to guess the meaning, strikes us as quite familiar; as if the artist first proceeded thorough self-analysis before addressing the spectator. The audience can be touched by the sincerity of his work. Gartner approaches us from the very core of his being and shows us fragments of his life which appeal to our emotions and stimulate our imagination.
Brussels, 1971. Lives and works in Brussels.
The theme of the work of Alexandra De Grave is the light and the will for her paintings to embody an abstract interface between two worlds. The passage into the mystery of « others » may take the form of a flaw in an imaginary relief or an open (or sometimes closed) door to another life. It is expressed both through the force that inhabits the geometric shapes, and by the softer energy of a rugged allegorical scene. Sometimes this quest is deflected from its original purpose and the brush travels freely to unexpected destinations.
Belgium, 1955. Lives and works in Belgium.
The work of Denis De Mot is linked to the notions of Slowness, Pondering and Space. He draws ?signs which are perceived to be the equivalent of his inner life and its meditation?. His work certainly invites contemplation, much more than expression and communication. The tracks of time establish the vocabulary of the painter and in the end, the work brings back ancient ways of life, and awakens in us a poetry of a time passed.
Brussels, 1959. Lives and works in Brussels.
Jean François Meur expresses himself with all pigments, but also with the writing tool of choice, the ballpoint pen, and finally with less common materials such as coffee, ashes and isobétadine. He is fascinated by the city, its architecture, its functioning and especially the social fractures which characterize it so. Walking in his beloved city with his tools, the artist finds the motives which feed his inspiration, often working in winter with pastel and acrylic, in the summer with oil. Curious about everything and eager for feelings of any kinds, the artist claims himself to be an expressionist.
Brussels, 1976. Lives and works in Ottignies.
Académie des Beaux-Arts,
Chloé Cooman works the metal like a drawn line twisting in space, leaving the earth to move through the air. Always searching for the expression of a movement, her work,never static, is evidence of evolution. A group, a mingling crowd, open hands stretching out towards an invisible object. The vi
ewer?s imagination is being asked to untangle the mass of lines. Chloé loves to play with this relationship between the existence of a form and its abscence.
Liège, 1961. Lives and works in Brussels.
Institute of Decorative and Industrial Art,
Martine Edelman, a movement actress, creates sculptures glowing with harmony, warmth and provocation. The viewer is taken by the inter-twining figures which over-hang their wooden frames. This is a force full of tenderness for these bodies which transform into letters and words. The spectator is enc
hanted, even disconcerted, by these symbiotic figures which slide against each other.
Congo, 1954. Lives and works in Roeselare.
Martine Plateau stores African images deeply in her memory. Implicitly and very unconventionally these memories are to be found in her art: a deep sensitivity with and of the objects. I see Platteau?s work as subtle and insightful. Always discerning, intuitively yet cautiously.She evokes things by slowly brushing over the objects. Caressing them. Her work is light, frivolous. Yet also melancholic and precious. There is an element of confinement in her work, something that she seems to want to enclose. Indeed her work is mysterious, in a playful way and mostly frail. Martine plateau thinks in three dimensions. Her work requires latitude and breathing space. Extract from the article Kuntwerk(t) by poet Alain Delmotte.
Bretagne, 1967. Lives and works in Brussels.
Atelier Cendrine Paoli, Paris.
Atelier Jean Coyette, Brussels.
Atelier ?La ligne d?horizon?, Brussels.
Alexandra Gestin, during a journey to Japan, discovered Sumo wrestlers, fighters perceived as demi-gods in their homeland. Marked by the quiet strength which emanates from these giants, Alex G immediately wanted to recreate this serene ancient wisdom, the charisma and their expressive features. Alex
G wants to challenge her public, to create an emotion, to show the value and the potential of a short-lived but rewarding life.
Neufvilles, 1946. Lives and works in Belgium.
Twenty years ago, Bernard Gilmant absent mindedly played with the soil. Little by little, it took human form. A vocation was born, and the infatuation is extraordinary. Bernard Gilmant creates fascinating groups of people, in miniature, for which he also produces dogs, to accompany them. These stray dogs only look for the betrayed love of their master. Sitting, sleeping or standing in the human fashion, they have an incredible presence of truth in which the ?Belgian wink of an eye? is not absent.
Congo, 1950. Lives and works in Brussels.
Fine Arts at the Institut Saint Luc,
E. Corbisier-Baland is one of those photographers enamoured with landscapes full of space and light. His compositions, printed on glossy paper, capture the immensity of these panoramas stretching as far as the eye can see with infinite horizons, often showing the snow-covered landscapes of the long
Belgium, 1971. Lives and work in Brussels.
Jan Brouckaert became interested in photography when he was 18. His primary interests were land and seascapes; later adding night photography and documentary photo-journalism. In his work, the contrast between the individual against the overwhelming power of nature is the central theme; feelings of
loneliness and nostalgia are used to underline the ephemeral presence of human life.
Brussels, 1958. Lives and works in Brussels.
INRACI, Photography and Cinema.
Jeep Novak is a poet who leaves his mark; he is an awakener of souls. Through his lens is born a universe, a vision, which, like an internal feeling, is expressed with one single decisive gesture. Featuring in many art collections, Jeep Novak is ONE and at the same time many, with an identity which
is difficult to pin down, reflecting the diversity of his work from the world in which he evolves. The magic emerges more through the intangible motif of his works than from the actual subjects of his photographs. It is a gift to the audience, like the revelation of an intimate secret, which once whispered, glides and floats through the air.
Belgium, 1962. Lives and works in Europe.
INSAS, Brussels. Brussels Photo School.
Olivier Vanderaa (born 1962), after cinematic art, photography & computing studies, explores the photographic image as a fine art since 1997, and urban contexts, using the Internet as an exhibition platform, since 2002. His photography, influenced by digital worlds, focuses on contemporary western society, more particularly on cities, consideredfrom a critical, sometimes poetic viewpoint. The issue of space transcription through photographic and digital media, the place of plausibility in the representation of reality, as well as the participation of the audiences in the creative process, are also among themes that subtend his work.
Charleroi, 1958. Lives and works in Europe.
Luc Dratwa is a master of the art of the instantaneous and the stolen moment in time. Through the composition of his shots, one can perceive an impressive attention to detail mixed with an unusual sensitivity. The images are well constructed and structured, yet touching. With the anonymous silhouett
es bathed in controlled back-light, the meaningful contrasts, and the unusual and poetic moods we become witnesses to intriguing journeys.
Brussels, 1944. Lives and works in Brussels.
Patrice le Hodey loves the lights. Those that shape nature and body. Anonymous characters wandering beaches or cities, reflections of a moment or a movement, taken through its journey, a mysterious and fascinating dimension. The uniqueness of the sea, the sky or a leaf, a dazzling representation, at times almost monochrome, sometimes flamboyant.
Belgium, 1945. Lives and works in Brakel.
Visual arts. Engraving, ?Academie des Beaux -Arts d?Ixelles?,
Betsy Eeckhout shapes magic and magnetic works. She is in perpetual dialogue with the elements of nature. She navigates through subtle balancing and the search for formal perfection. Her work is also a questioning of the short-lived and the spiritual, but is not divested of humor. Betsy Eeckhout plunges us into a ferment of creative elements ans imagery were the viewer always has there part to play.
Brussels, 1976. Lives and works in Brussels.
To photograph is to shoot and to shoot is to replace what is shot by a photograph. Rémy Russotto investigates how photography shoots, deletes what is shot and replaces it by new worlds. He explores these worlds by working through series of photographs. Using abstraction, reality, fiction, films, urban environment and paranoia, he shows how photography is haunted by disappearance and makes other worlds emerge. The artist is a criminal replacing one world with another.
Lives and works in Brussels.
Olivier Gilet: Doing art is like cleaning. Before cleaning I am looking carefully, as some dust should be permitted to stay. Doing art is creating space. Dogs are creating space & frontiers by urinating, birds are singing, artists are spreading some art forms in a dangerous world. While doing art, I am communicating with other cultures & other times. I am a kind of gardener, & there are a lot of different plants & flowers. While creating art, I try not to fly away, I try to be there. Being there, looking, speaking, showing, and sometimes joking.
Lives and works in Brussels.
Fab & Chris , observers of ordinary people in their daily lives, are traveling tirelessly in the streets, trying to steal the show of life at the opportune moment. A constant search for new subjects, emotions, they conceive their projects together, evolving progressively without breaking the continuity. They like to quote the words of Charles Harbutt: ?I don?t take pictures, pictures take me.?
Liège in 1974. Lives and works in Liège.
Olivier Lereylac: Film or digital, black and white as a fascination. A simplification of reality, a pause, a sigh, a moment, a paradoxical splitting of its meaning and interpretation. His own work led him to chance and the strange sensation of not knowing why we should be one place and not another. A permanent form of travel, ?to be where his feet are.? A worldview both gross and dreamlike.
Lives and works in Brussels.
Ariane Verpoorten left for France in 1999 to ply her trade as a textile designer. She worked for various studios and clothing labels in Lyon and Paris. Back in Brussels since 2006, in addition to her work in the field of textile design, she develops her own artistic creations.
Lives and works in Brussels.
CAD High School;
Attracted by art in its purest form, by the colors and the light of Africa where she spent her first fifteen years, she portrays herself as a multifaceted creative person. Inspired by the emotion which prevails in the photos taken during her journeys, the artist literally deconstructs the original
image pattern with the intention to re-compose a work in which the subject takes a new dimension. Some of her paintings are already in private collections abroad.
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