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I am an 'amateur' in the true sense of the word : I love to paint , but 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 tim… Read More
I am an 'amateur' in the true sense of the word : I love to paint , but 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 daily routine of exploring the ins and outs of painting on canvas. I feel a strong urge to express myself through oil 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 deal with real people and their emotions. I want to portray the (in)ability to communicate with others, be it a partner, own children or all other people that are close.
It can be portraits of ordinary people that I know, or scenes with people that I am moved by. Such as in a series of work representing homeless people and refugees. I start from photos that I have taken myself of the subject, or pictures that I find on news websites. The biggest challenge is 'seeing' and translating the essence and the details into a new speaking and striking image.

More recently I began exploring the relations people have with each other: children with each other or with adults (their parents?). The (in)ability to express oneself, to convey a true meaning in the interaction. Educating youngsters can only do so much. They have to find a way themselves, others can only try to push the darkness aside. Sometimes I symbolize this with an unidentified square form (a black box maybe ?).
What is about to be is uncertain. The search remains, towards a destiny that's never well defined.
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