On looking at work by Dominique Ampe, one becomes aware of layers of existence. One enters a trompe-l'oeil world and encounters one's own shadow. The seemingly empty space is inhabited; its supports are airy creatures that are by turns ends and means. Their almost tangible reality slips into the walls as one approaches.
His rooms are story and self-portrait, symbol and reality, all at once. They contain or cherish signs of lust and forced asceticism, traces of upbringing and desires, writing that attempts to capture or evade parting. They echo the departure from a house or studio whose walls pretend to be silent. Dominique Ampe records his experiences, his memories, his emotions and melancholy. He is a writer who is also a painter and graphic artist at the same time, one who, from that privileged position, reveals writing, painting and drawing as sign and meaning; as image and portrayal in their tentative growth and their submission to the means that have enthusiastically become both master and servant.
Inside Elise's frames, time and space appear as a multi-panelled, opening window. She plucks motifs from concrete experiences, but they culminate in mental still life paintings. On the canvas, her experiences give way to a renewed, patient composition of what once was. All that is flat slumbers at a deep distance, while a vanishing perspective approaches to the uppermost surface of the canvas. Foreground and background are interchangeable. What you see is not what you get. In doing all this, Berkvens's visualisations tell us an empathic story. Namely, when something appears in the field of vision, associations and memories slide past us in a relentless stream of consciousness. The fluid, shifting, multi layered spatiality offer the viewer no safe hold. Elise's cabinet of paintings makes us feel lost in time. She places us unarmed against the timeless dimension of every present. In a medieval past, theologians and mystics solemnly christened this the nunc stans, the eternal now. Her aesthetic surgery of this time-space reveals a piece of the inside of the big outside.
Muriel is a creative soul, who loves the sun and is inspired by the natural beauty that surrounds us.
She discovered her passion and love for painting some years ago. It was her therapy in difficult times.
Now it has become fully part of her, expressing her inner vibrations, her soul and her passion.
Her ultimate dream is to bring good vibrations into people’s homes and offices, making the world a little brighter
Through intense contact with various artists, gallery owners, art lovers and art collectors, Mireille decided several years ago to devote herself fully to her ultimate dream of becoming an artist herself.
The artist's life is not always easy but the calming influence of the sea, the new love in her life, long walks along the beach and bicycle rides through "het Zwin" have made Mireille even more creative and productive and her paintings have evolved greatly into larger and larger works.
Drawing and painting had been around since childhood and Chantal inherited it from previous generations. The passion for ceramics arose 8 years ago through education at the Art Academies in Zwevegem and Kortrijk. She is now completing specialisation years in ceramics at the Art Academy in Tielt. Various internships with renowned ceramist-artists at home and abroad challenged her to learn new techniques and show the unbridled possibilities of clay and ceramics.
Vast landscapes and minimalist architectural forms are the sources of inspiration for her designs. Here, she looks for the balance between elegant movements and the structure or symmetry that brings tranquillity. She attempts to establish a balance between being under control and experimenting and innovating.
An artist and sculptor for over 25 years, Olivier Coisne's work focuses on the material. He presents a series of mural works in bronze, somewhere between painting and sculpture. Using fire allows him to work with this noble and enduring material. Born of a spiritual need, Olivier’s work plays with the material that becomes the work. The works on display are unique, reflecting the refinement and the elegance of nature. You can see the presence of plants in "Spring Bonsai", the stars and the universe in the "Lunar Cycle" series, and the fusion of the universe in "Big Bang Vegetal". With a few Klein blue jellyfish floating among the molten bronze, Olivier Coisne presents a sketch of his artistic universe and takes us back to the origins of humanity.
Joris De Geest
Artists who are characterised by capriciousness - such as David Bowie, Luc Tuymans, Paul Joostens, Georges Vantongerloo, Picasso or The Beatles - who reinvent themselves with different styles, have always fascinated Joris.
He conducted his own research with pictural antitheses and followed his own caprices, but here you discover two major production lines: one coloured and one rigidly black and white.
Both evoke movements and interactions, emanations and vibrations.
They range from minimalism to baroque, as Flor Bex and Willem Elias put it in their work, “The Obsession of Painting”.
Pien de Haas
Pien is a cheerful and outgoing artist. She needs to make art to maintain her positivity. This is reflected in her colourful and uplifting work. The energetic colours dance on the canvas and represent all the love the artist feels for life. Anyone looking at these works is overwhelmed by the joie de vivre that Pien has put in them and that now kidnaps us, taking us into her world. The creative process gives a pleasant slowness to existence which is all too fast ... her works allow us to escape, if only for a few seconds, from the hectic daily life.
Tom de Meer
Tom de Meer specializes in creating texture art in a modern form; his influences range from punk, design and fashion to nature. You can recognize his work by the authentic colour combinations, eminently suited to this day and age. The contrasts, textures and sense of movement he evokes together form lively and dynamic work. His works are a free translation of the colour combinations he observes in everyday natural phenomena and street scenes.
Andreas Palladio Den Serra (1988 - 2021)
Artist Andreas Palladio Den Serra, a name synonymous with ground-breaking art and architecture, follows in the footsteps of the Great Masters. Inspired by the influential works of Andrea Palladio and Giovanni Piranesi, Andreas manages to seamlessly integrate his own vision. In his unique creations, past, present and future meekly melt together, creating a time and place that outstrips our powers of comprehension. Through his combination of boundless imagination, watered down with a poetic touch, Andreas created a unique body of work. Andreas is not only an artist in the conventional sense, but also an inventor, architect and scientist. His oeuvre evokes memories of visionary minds.
Helene De Smet
Hélène has been painting her entire life. As a child and adolescent, she followed lessons at the Academy, and later on she became an autodidact, continuously looking for more inspiration, challenges and techniques. She mostly creates Mixed Media Paintings, where she combines everything she has learned and experienced through the years. She likes the freedom of having no rules and discovering new things everyday.
As a qualified psychologist, she is inspired by people’s dreams and, sometimes, their lives. Inner energy, sparkle, power and sometimes life-challenges are all expressed through gold and silver paintings, with all kinds of sparkles and amazing
high gloss and shine. Sometimes she adds vibrant colours to express her creativity, depending on the inspiration of the moment.
Her paintings weave together personal and collective dreams, joy, hope, fear and happiness.
They have high aesthetic value; they fill the room but are not overwhelming, and keep intriguing from every angle.
The works are very Minimalistic and serene, but at the same time are complex, full of details and unique (like most of us). They speak for themselves. It’s all about the details: a thousand kinds of gold, sparkles and shades of light.
Hubert De Smet
Hubert De Smet's work leaves a peculiarly alienating impression. The fact that, after a 40-year career as a chemist in petrochemicals, he restarted creating is thanks to an introduction to painting, modelling and drawing techniques that he was given in his teacher training in the 1950s-60s and his wife Renée Teughels's unrelenting request to "get back to it". During his further studies in chemistry and his subsequent career in the plastics industry (first at Bayer and then ExxonMobil/ Esso), he could set no time aside for artistic creations.
Lieve Dejonghe is an artist who has been painting professionally for 27 years. She has her studio in Temse but recently moved to Zeebrugge. It is almost incredible but the series 'painting on the waves of the sea', exhibited here in Knokke, were painted before she knew she would be living by the sea.
Over the years, Lieve Dejonghe has developed a very personal style in which expressionistic, emotional smudges, splashes, scratches, stains, planes and rough brushstrokes flow seamlessly into breathtakingly exquisite paintings of flowers or blossoms on branches. It is as if she combines water and fire, merges yin and yang ...
Whether she paints in abstract-expressionist or realistic styles, or when she merges the two -isms, as is the case in the series on display, her work is always a mirror of her soul, of her life. The thing she paints is only interesting to her if it expresses what she wants to express.
There have been times when art was perhaps rather too much technique; there have been times when art was perhaps too imbued with emotion; there have been times when art is too frequently only about the idea in itself … but Lieve combines everything in such a way that you have to keep looking at it and not only with your eyes.
The more you look, the bigger the world becomes. This is Lieve Dejonghe's motto. When you stand in front of her works you understand it completely.
"My work deals with how in Anglo-Saxon thinking language is seen as an evolutionary advantage, where we can understand and imagine the world unlike animals. Language allows us to have greater and better control over our environment through imagination. The Anglo-Saxon discourse completely ignores the fact that language also has a disconnecting, alienating and sexualising influence that ensures that unlike animals, our relationship with ourselves and the world is just more complex and even insoluble."
Christl Dekimpe creates unique works of art in her studio.
Her creations impel your attention and have a special appeal.
These works of art are also utensils in the form of tables and lamps.
They do exactly what works of art should do: they evoke emotions and reflect your personality, whether they are
abstract or figurative works.
In her studio, the artist takes you into an authentic story.
She uses epoxy as the basic material for each creation and chooses additional materials depending on the object she wants to make.
Unbounded, inside out and upside down, with love and connected with your deepest emotion, they are just Christl.
Els Delacourt was born in Sint-Niklaas on 13 September 1974. She drew as a twenty-something for 3 years in the academy of Sint-Niklaas. In 2018, she rediscovered the passion for art and attended art school in Waasmunster for several years, this time focusing on painting. Furthermore, she is trained in Flemish painting techniques of the old masters following a highly regarded course given by Dirk Bosschaert in Temse.
She paints realistic works on demand, but mainly modern contemporary semi-abstract landscapes with a touch of magic. In this way, she delivers not just a coloured canvas but a work with emotion, light and energy to recharge.
Annelore Desmet is particularly concerned with the theme of 'the woman', both in her painting works and especially in her boudoir photography. Very naturally, she incorporated all of them into this theme. She noticed that she could easily project her own feelings in what she did. This makes her photographs speak to us so directly. She especially likes to create sensual dream images, photographs that portray strong emotions, that you can briefly dream away. There is a story behind each of them, giving you the impression that they have just walked out of a film.
Eliane Douglas (1971) is largely self-taught and has lost (and found) herself in various artistic disciplines. Her most recent work, which she publishes under the name 'Tapis Folie', can best be described as a modern version of the ancient art of tapestry; digitally edited photography printed on special fabrics and painted with acrylic paint. Each one of them is a unique work in which the surprising combination of media and materials - as well as the special finish - evoke astonishment.
Above all, Eliane wants to please her viewers with her work. Being touched by art, regardless of its form, is pure magic, she says. It softens, uplifts and connects us with something we can use in time. Contributing to this sensation and being part of it is what drives her. During the creative process, her heart regularly skips a beat, a reference to the 'Folie’ in her 'Tapis'. And so, with this art form she pleases not only her audience, but herself as well.
Utterly exhausted and feeling like a complete failure, Nathalie Duflos left her corporate job in 2019, not knowing what the future would bring.
Instead of despair and emptiness it brought healing, deep connections and a life of fulfilment – a much better life than she had ever imagined. A big part of this was due to her reconnecting with her creativity, a side of her identity that she had ignored for decades.
Since then, she is determined to make up for lost time by soaking up every bit of inspiration, light and colour that comes her way. This has resulted in paintings based on deep feelings, the vulnerability of human connections and the absolute certainty that we are never broken.
Jean - Pierre Fleury
Jean-Pierre Fleury is fascinated by what he can't see, but which appears through observation. "I like to look. There is a big difference between seeing and looking.
Seeing is passive. Looking allows you to go beyond form.” Yet Jean-Pierre Fleury doesn't just look at the world, he probes it, stripping away the layers that cover it. He doesn't photograph what he sees, but rather what he feels, what appears to him, what he discovers behind appearances. And is he a photographer? He is more like a painter. He uses his camera as a brush. His images are like abstract paintings, gateways to the imaginary.
Marc Galle (*1962, Zottegem) lives and works in Zottegem and Ostend. He studied painting, graphics and ceramics at the Sint Lucas School of Arts in Ghent, and regularly exhibits at home and abroad. He is essentially a figurative painter, freezing and condensing the continuous band of images that passes by contemporary people every day into a work of art, each time adding a philosophical twist. Marc Galle does not shy away from experimentation and explores the medium of painting. Substrates range from canvas, over wood and cardboard, to the preferred di-bond. Subjects are important to Marc; he usually endorses them with titles that give the nod to film and music culture. These subjects are invariably mildly ironic and sometimes childishly playful. They are about people and society. History is never far away either, without pedantic intent, but rather with a sense of nostalgia and a concern about the threat of oblivion.
MarHa (Marleen Haertjens) was born in Zelzate in 1958. Even as a child, she was attracted to art. After organ studies at the music academy in Ghent, she felt another talent bubbling up inside her …
The step from ‘tone- series to colour- series’ seemed to be small. Because of her lessons at the free academy and the Folk high school Elcker-Ik in Ghent, her art seems to have been coloured by music. Her pouring art is innovative because of a unique technique she developed.
View MarHa’s works of art through your own art glasses.
Christine’s photographs use a layering effect of reflections of the sun, sky, weather, buildings and passers-by. All her shots are single shots that are neither manipulated nor retouched. There is no montage.
The multi-layered effects are results of reflections and daylight that she seeks out for the image.
The images are of elaborately styled fashion store window settings where she adds an additional surreal dimension by bringing in the street scene or background from across the way.
Jean will showcase a serial of triptychs, made of spare parts from different periods, put together in the form of traditional "Altarpieces", whose religious semantics serve as a transitory object for a secular allegory.
From a blank start, without a preconceived plan, the images gradually evolve through a playful interplay between spontaneous and tightly directed action.
Frank was a self-taught artist, guided by a lifelong fascination with various art forms. From an early age, he immersed himself in experimenting with different materials, delving deep into the process of self-discovery through his work. His passion lies in expressing his innermost thoughts on large size canvases, where colours become his language. Each artwork begins with a vivid colour palette that sets the tone for a captivating journey of creation. Layer by layer, he lets organic movements and intuitive shapes emerge, guided by emotions that flow like energy onto the canvas. Sometimes, textural additions and geometric elements intertwine, add further dimensions to the story he seeks to tell. His art is a gateway into the subconscious realities we all hold within ourselves. It draws from the profound emotions that connect us as human beings, infusing each piece with meaning and significance. Through the interplay of colours and forms, he explores the depths of our inner worlds, hoping to inspire viewers to discover the rich tapestry of their own subconscious landscapes. As he continues to evolve as an artist, his work serves as a bridge between the realms of imagination and reality, inviting others to contemplate the boundless potential of their own creative souls.
A reanimator of objects, Carl Jaunay is a listed artist. He makes the most of materials such as metal, wood, glass and bronze, using their history to create unique, atypical and exceptional pieces.
These pieces move
from complex to pure lines, from rough surfaces to soft
surfaces to soft finishes ... Dense emotions
swell and urge you to caress these works whose past has magnified the imprint of time for a story to be shared.
Ludo Knaepkens was born in1962; he is a painter living and working in Hoogstraten, Belgium. Ludo has been drawing and painting all his life. My mother painted and my father was in the transportation business. The genes he inherited clearly influenced his life and work and are irrevocably linked to it.
In his studio, he paints with acrylics and oils, but he also likes to experiment with mixed techniques. Over the years, his style has evolved from romantic Impressionism to graphic, colourful pop art. The freedom to use colours, to mix images, implementing humour and texts in the work is something that has attracted Ludo since his childhood. The greatest passion he can experience, he says, is through painting and seeing the growth process of the work.
Liviau Dirk (°1962) from Kluisbergen, received his training in Waregem and Kortrijk. After a period of traditional photography and creating surrealistic scenes, Dirk ventured into something completely different. Through virtual exhibitions (in Covid times), he developed a taste for abstract non-figurative art. At "ArtistMeeting" one can become acquainted with his "Ritmo" series. These are digital photo realisations where movement, colour and rhythm are the keywords. The colourful interplay of lines is reminiscent of the psychedelic paintings and posters of yesteryear . The photo series "Ritmo" currently consists of 12 works, five of which are presented here, as a first. All creations were printed directly on high-quality premium plexiglass. The colourfast glass prints are protected and additionally reinforced by a di-bond layer.
Delphine explains: “My greatest fascination as an artist lies in the worlds that are invisible to the human eye.
The world under the sea is the largest on Earth and the deeper you dive, the more mysterious it becomes.
The better known underwater world is of course the upper layer: the light zone, the home of the famous sea creatures: whales, sharks and turtles, mackerel and corals.
For my paintings, I dived deeper to the twilight zone, the midnight zone, the abyss and the hadal zone.
The most incredible lifeforms call this extreme habitat their home. Most people never heard of them or often refer to them as monsters. They are among the most unloved creatures in the world.
I wanted to change that! I made portraits of these wonderful animals to open the eyes to this unknown world and shine some light into the darkness to show mankind how amazing this habitat and animals really are!
Eyes today are fixed on the oceans, for ecological reasons as well as economic ones.
It is a very important subject nowadays. With my artworks, I want to make sure that the creatures of the deep won’t be forgotten. They are as important for the wellbeing of the oceans as any other creature is.”
Mary says: “For as long as I remember, I have always been compelled by the need to create. It has been the most natural of instincts within me, driven by an organic curiosity to explore and produce solutions to accurately portray my visions.
I enjoy the use of a wide range of mediums, and it is my intention to explore them all in my own distinctive way.”
Lilian says: “Painting came into my life in a simple and natural way:
One day, I took a big white sheet of paper and a black-ink pen; signs began to form, spontaneously flowing onto the white sheet, in logical and pleasant symbiosis with the dark liquid, bringing along—as if from another world —feelings, vague memories, words and ideas.
And so my first metamorphosis began.”
Michael Peetermans is a 36-year-old artist from Herne. He is known for his artful mussels and the 'René Casso' art series. Michael's first exclusive mussel artwork (The King Piece) was realised in 2019. It is not just any old mussels he paints, but the ones Michael buys and prepares at home for his family, relatives or friends. These mussels are treated nine times before he can turn them into a work of art. The treatment and creation of a mussel artwork can easily take several months to one year.
Pejo is the winner of The London Art Biennale 2019 for applied art. In real life and in artistic life, this is a couple that has made its way into the glass art world, Johanna is a Laureate Master in stained glass and fusion techniques and Peter is an award-winning international designer. They joined hands and minds to create contemporary glass art. Their drive to push boundaries out and to experiment with new materials and techniques resulted in a great variety of glass art and styles. Creating their own unique style has resulted in international recognition. The exclusive and unique designs made with the Pejo technique came by just following their urge to discover how far glass will allow them to bend, colour and shape it. Besides numerous international prizes, they have a diverse exposition history with exhibitions in The MEAM Barcelona, London, Madrid, Lisbon, Strasbourg, New York, Miami, Zurich, Norway, Belgium and a permanent expo in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denmark.
Cléo Robine has made a name for herself in the world of art.
As a sensitive artist, Cléo Robine appeals to a primitive human feeling or, as she puts it, "It's using the intimate and the universal". She gives the smooth, raw material a sense of the end of an era and at the same time of the unfinished, which calls for a sequel.
As a committed artist, she is aware of nature's vulnerable imbalance and of human injustice, which leads to fear and great suffering. Her creations often form a profound reflection on the human condition.
She prefers to work in series, which she links to distinct themes.
Themes allow her to illuminate realities more deeply and, moreover, to better understand the multiple aspects that reality conceals. The hidden and the unconscious are made transparent and visible. She brings out the empty, the full, the essential, while omitting the superfluous.
Her paintings aim to provoke reflection and awareness in the viewer, while offering a captivating visual and aesthetic experience. Her work has been exhibited in galleries around the world, and she continues to inspire with her creativity.
Estelle Rodriguez is an abstract artist from Belgium. She creates sophisticated paintings on plexiglass by using acrylic paints and epoxy resin. As a very emotional person, art has always been a place where Estelle could live her emotions fully and feel free. As she often feels misunderstood, art has become her language to communicate with people and to make them feel their emotions more deeply. In her artistic approach, Estelle places great importance on uniqueness. All her pieces are unique, and she does not overproduce. For her, quality will always trump quantity.
Under the name 'Williams', William Roobrouck creates objects, sculptures, artworks and pieces of design that express his love of shapes, raw materials and craftsmanship. He finds his inspiration in people and nature, and often translates this into faces. From the very first sketch to the very last welding point, he does everything himself. And he does so with expertise. Materials are carefully selected and worked according to the rules of art. Combine two golden hands and a lively imagination with tonnes of technical baggage and years of learning by the sea and you have objects with a soul. They combine steel and fire, or they conjure with light, but they amaze again and again.
Marc explains: “My life has always been about the ability to be free. Freedom and following my intuition were the baselines of my life. Naturally, becoming an independent fashion photographer opened that door for me and made it possible to see the world. Being locked up for months in Covid times threatened my autonomy so I needed to find a way to express my freedom again.
Subsequently, I started to draw with coloured markers. A year later, I started to play with acrylic paint, and I learned that I love using bold colours and that I like the smell of a linen canvas and throwing paint on it.
Lia Scheipers has always created things, art education in Antwerp was not the beginning. Long before her secondary school career, her parents were invariably told that she was a high-flyer in one thing and that was creative subjects, drawing especially. For her creative father - who also drew himself -there was only one logical step .... to pursue art education. She was 11 when she first took the bus to Antwerp to develop her talents.
On canvas, she provokes, mainly by using a lot of black, sometimes adding a small colourful touch. She can also surprise right away with a monochrome in colour. She uses tight lines but also produces soft and flowing movements through the medium, especially acrylic and ink. The many layers and their transparency do not necessarily hide the linen’s texture.
Photographer and artist Mia Segaert, who lives on the Belgian coast, focuses on nature and landscape in her work.
Deeply inspired by nature in general, and the ocean in particular, contemporary architecture, and cross-cultural relations, she focuses her photographic work on the extraordinary landscape phenomena while travelling.
She attempts to produce a new (sur)realism by accentuating the aesthetic of our precious blue planet with intuitive photography. In this way, she expresses her emotions and conveys a powerful message.
Her artistic work is based on three themes: Altitude, Earth and Ocean. Bringing wellbeing to humans through nature is the philosophy of Biophilic Design & Art.
Her photographic artworks are subjected to a rigorous selection for a sophisticated and exclusive collection of fine art prints.
At ArtistMeeting 2023, she will present her collection Altitude / ICE CAVES artworks that add an extra dimension to our appreciation of natural resources.
Giorgi Shengelia was born in 1977 in the city of Sukhumi, Georgia. Giorgi Shengelia was born in 1977 in the city of Sukhumi, Georgia. He studied art at the Academy of Art in Tbilisi. Since 2003, Giorgi has been living and working in the village of Bergen, in Northern Holland in a safe haven behind the dunes of the North Sea. Here Giorgi paints and works in mixed media, besides creating installations and sculptures. He is even active in photography. The sensitive paintings of Giorgi Shengelia range from abstract to figurative - wildly drawn or penned with great precision - on canvas, paper or wood. They are all of varying sizes. His expressive sculptures are mostly made out of steel and objects from the scrapheap. Making art, celebrating life and living in freedom are Giorgi’s keywords both for now and the future.
Monika paints catwalk models in extravagant outfits. These artworks are an expression of the personal journey she has undergone in recent years.
She believes that walking down a catwalk is like walking through life: the fashion creations symbolise the influence others have on our own lives.
Her art serves as a visual incentive to encourage individuals to take charge and determine the course of their lives with pride rather than get caught up in the agendas and opinions of others.
Change is a constant, but the path we follow is a choice.
Adi Steurbaut is completely under the spell of ‘the style'.
His constructivist compositions smoothly draw on the principles of ‘the ‘style’. Adi Steurbaut's works invite one to meditate, to contemplate, to discover; the viewer may, must form his own interpretation.
However, Adi Steurbaut also remains true to himself: a frivolous colour ribbon is always subtly woven into the harmonic structure; always cheerful, sometimes even mischievous. Call it neo-constructivism, albeit with a retro touch.
For Marlène Stevers, painting is a process in which she can totally forget herself and can be purely concerned with creating the painting. Through this working method, the painting retains the energy with which it was created, passion plus the conviction.
A passionate and skilled artist, Marlène has devoted herself to ancient painting techniques. So, she uses this complex and time-consuming way of painting in her contemporary theme, "plastic waste".
A saying of hers is "Art is to depict current themes in a graceful manner". The painting “A day at the beach" shows, among other things, the waste that is often left behind after a day at the beach and what plastic is doing to our seas. The issues of the present time are colourfully and captivatingly depicted for the viewer in these works.
Charlot Terhaar sive Droste
Charlot Terhaar sive Droste's semi-abstract paintings arise from an organic and layered process, in which different techniques are applied. From a blank start, without a preconceived plan, the images gradually evolve through playful interplay between spontaneous and tightly directed actions. Charlot works simultaneously on several paintings at once, exploring atmospheres or 'worlds' in which chaos and harmony are balanced.
Hilde Van de Walle
Hilde started her oeuvre with graphics and then turned to ceramics. Later, the format evolved into larger sculptures in bronze or composite materials, and she regularly exhibits at home and abroad.
Her sculptures are mostly human figures. She builds them with plaster on steel frames and then moulds and casts them in bronze or composites. Plaster gives her the freedom to work extremely directly, allowing her to allow for the emotion of the moment. The skin of the sculptures is rather coarse and unwanted details sink into the modelling of the material.
During the creation process, Hilde occasionally integrates objects that, because of their fascinating shape or emotional meaning, she adds to the stratification of her work. Parts of the figure she deliberately leaves out, to filter the expressiveness down to its essence. Van de Walle's images are a 'still', a frozen moment of a movement. In this way, she challenges the viewer to think about previous or subsequent actions. The understated charisma of her artworks invites the viewer to enter into dialogue with the piece and its surroundings. Van de Walle also considers the residual spaces around and between the sculptures not as empty, but as a sounding board that resonates with the intangible.
Louise Van Reeth
Louise Van Reeth is a Belgian artist (°1988) who favours natural materials (charcoal, earth, pigments, stones, gold leaf) to reveal the expressive possibilities of matter and inscribe herself into a tangible reality. Each element is chosen for its uniqueness, intrinsic beauty and visual presence. The resulting narrative is personal to each artist and is not imposed from the outset. The roughness is sought because it corresponds to the living, natural and mineral world. Several themes emerge from her work, such as the search for immensity, our relationship with natural spaces such as panoramas and deserts, and the notion of ascent and fall. She is currently working on her series of paintings entitled “Relief”, which refers to the experience of wide-open spaces, deserts and the sea, where the horizon seems infinite. These great spaces where nothing can stop the mind, where the gaze embraces a globality that it recognises, these great spaces that reassure us, inviting us to melt into them and reminding us that everything is there and that we are part of it. This series of paintings celebrates the materiality of the work of art as an open doorway to an elsewhere of sensation and a certain quest for freedom, a state emancipated from the immediacy of life.
From the rat race of images, information, emotions and thoughts that we have to process every day, Tine distils the authenticity of life. That's what it's all about: “Be happy!”
After all, isn't that what we all strive for? At first sight, her theme is softness, recognition, a secret desire, cheerfulness, simplicity, sensuality ... Every work in her oeuvre makes a statement, but this is reserved for those who look closely and discover precisely those additional layers and stories, encapsulated in a nostalgic desire to return to simplicity in being: simplicity, but also the complexity of enjoyment. She prods the viewer into consciously opting for this and into making certain compromises in order to do so. Her use of colour is an extension of how she views life as a person. In this way, colour is her biggest and most loyal buddy. Her visual language is carried with it. This makes the positivity of her visual language make an even bigger splash, while under those first, phlegmatic colours the deeper stories gain in strength.
Cédric explains: “I am mainly inspired by the golden age of Hollywood - the old glamor and fashion of the 40s, 50s and 60s. A very big source of inspiration is, of course ,the beautiful Marilyn Monroe.
I am also inspired by the cartoons of that time and, of course, the pin up girls.
Colour is especially central to me and every detail is carefully thought about because colour is what determines
feeling and atmosphere.”
Thierry Vanhoeck creates unique light objects based on his tre(e)mendous love for trees.
By cracking open the bark, the beauty of other wood structures, knots and nerves, are revealed. From the crown right down to the roots: nothing is wasted. Guided by this natural material, creations emerge in different shapes and with different light transparency. However, in addition to unique design, the technical aspect of the light source is also a particular challenge. Light colour, intensity and sustainability are always of huge importance.
The work is made on supports such as canvas, wood, jute or fabric. It is painted with beeswax into which pigments are dissolved: the rich medium of encaustic that carries materiality. The work is created intuitively. At the start, everything lies open. There is the will of the painter and the will of the material. It is the colours, accents and relief that give birth to the work. The material and the medium are central. Often, other elements are accidentally found.
A visual language emerges, evoking its own atmosphere, with references to nature and our surroundings.
"Immersed in the ethereal realm of 'Life Interrupted, Bernadette Verhaeghe captures the essence of a transformative journey. Against a backdrop of billowing clouds, a celestial canvas symbolizing life's ever-changing nature, a minimalist foreground comes alive. Here, the eye is drawn to a movement of intricate details – delicate goldfish, each a testament to resilience and fluidity, gracefully navigating the currents of existence.
Each panel is a window into the depths of self. These scenes, meticulously crafted, reflect the artist's inner voyage of self-reflection and discovery, a profound exploration of identity amidst the ebb and flow of existence. The dried lotus pods, with their preserved fragility, stand as poignant reminders of growth through adversity.
"Life Interrupted" encapsulates a pivotal artistic evolution, where self-exploration has birthed a new, enthralling style. The series beckons viewers to peer beyond the surface, inviting introspection and contemplation, to ponder the interconnectedness of all life's interruptions."
This contemporary artist studied at Hasselt's Higher Academy of Art.
Her oeuvre lies on the border between abstraction and the figurative because of its beautiful colour combinations and balanced composition.
There is clearly a line in her works that is very recognisable and typifies her work. Her style is very personal and not comparable to other contemporary trends.
In 2000, she settled in West Flanders and became a teacher of Computer Science, Windows, Photoshop, Multimedia and Video at "De Avondschool" in Ostend. Only during this period did she take the first steps herself to transform her spatial insight, talent and feeling into creations in bronze (cire perdue) and French stone (taille directe).
Her works combine a sometimes deceptively realistic premise with sensitive intrinsic content. The surprising design brings sharp surfaces into harmony with soft shapes.
Willem Vos is an enterprising artist from the Netherlands (Dwingeloo).
Works by his hand now travel all over the world.
In interviewing Willem, The World Art News (New York) called his artworks powerful, large, full of colour, energy and meaning: "The artist clearly has impressive talent and great potential."
Willem creates his own unique works and also works on commission if asked.
At the ArtistMeeting, in addition to his regular works, Willem will also present some of his much sought-after abstract works for the first time.
Vos's motto is "Art is Freedom. I make Art."
A first introduction to Harold Westerink’s Art will take the Art lover and connoisseur by surprise. It will make him wonder and meanwhile discover an enormous creativity and a very personal expression.
It is obvious that Harold Westerink has been influenced and inspired by great artists of the past and the eclectic genres they were connected with. An artist who closes his eyes to his environment is not letting the world enter his heart and soul.
Harold Westerink is sensitive and receptive with an intense personality. This is expressed in his strong, diversified Artwork with his personal touch. He does not repeat himself; he creates using his own fantasy and looking deeper inside. Discovering his work is a continuous challenge.
To represent her "contemplations", she deliberately adopts a Multi Mixed Media approach. Each work is preceded by an extensive study, which Nadja develops in stages. A specific colour palette serves as a means of expressing emotion. Traditional painting techniques such as grisaille, washed technique and glacis she combines with new fluorescent colours, pens, markers, ink, digital and printing techniques. She integrates graphic lines, planes, patterns, imagery from games, virtual reality and image processing programmes into complex images. This layered artistic language allows her to explore different fields of tension, such as virtuality versus reality; originality versus copy; tangibility versus the intangible.
Tessy was born in Vilvoorde and has marvelled at illustrations in children's books since childhood. Especially colourful details stimulated her imagination. Tessy made her first drawings and paintings on cake boxes. If she was dissatisfied with the result, she simply started again.
Even during her school years, Tessy was fascinated by visual stories. She studied Regency Plastic Arts in Brussels and Applied Graphics at the Academy of Visual Arts in Mortsel.
After teaching for a while, she swapped the classroom for her art studio and not without success. Last year, she received the "Woman’s Art Award” in Paris, was selected for the exhibition "We Are Reversal" in Venice at the 59th Biennale and was selected for the ART MUST HAVE collectors’ selection for the WE contemporary international art show in Rome. This year too, her work has been shown at home and abroad. The next exhibition - to be confirmed - will take place in and around the romantic Castle of Bouchout in the national plate garden in Meise on the occasion of Art meets Nature 2013.
Tessy does not paint what she sees, but how she sees it. Her paintings are mostly abstract with figurative details. She has a recognisable, individual style and a special sense of colour. She combines earthy tones with intense shades of blue, which create depth and dynamism.