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I am a ‘self-taught’ artist.
Apart from some months at the Antwerp academy, I have no formal training in art or painting.
In my earlier career I worked as a strategist in marketing communications and advertising. But nowadays I devote my time to my passion, oil painting.

Since a couple of years now I got… Read More
I am a ‘self-taught’ artist.
Apart from some months at the Antwerp academy, I have no formal training in art or painting.
In my earlier career I worked as a strategist in marketing communications and advertising. But nowadays I devote my time to my passion, oil painting.

Since a couple of years now I got into a relatively stable routine of exploring the ins and outs of painting on canvas. I love the lively plasticity of oil paint. With each brushstroke I push and pull the colors – almost like sculpting – into shapes with expression. In contrast to oil, I hate acrylic, which I find a ‘dead material’.

With trial and error, I focus on representational subjects. Sources of inspiration come from different sides. I guess most of my work tries to portray real people and their emotions. It can be portraits of people I know or scenes from news items – such as the recent refugee crisis in Syria. I start from photos that I have taken myself of the subject, or pictures that I find on news sites. The biggest challenge is ‘seeing’ and translating the essence and the details into a new speaking and striking image.

Another chapter of my work is inspired by the great artists of all times. Originally much influenced by painters as Van Gogh or Freud, I’m actually turning toward the classics such as Rubens or Van Dijck. I find it very instructive to interpret simple pencil drawings by these artists and transform them into colorful paintings. Close to this kind of work, I based some of my paintings on sculptures (Meunier, Rodin, funerary statues). Convey the same emotions in two dimensions as the artist did in three, is what draws me in these experiments. Read Less
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