is a Belgian painter based near Ghent.
The collective evaporates and the residue is his only interest: the individual. The subjects in his paintings represent the objective reality of the individual in its aura of daily conflicts and possible complexes. Individuality doesn’t equal selfishness, it is solitary but doesn’t equal loneliness. We all connect, on purpose, spontaneous or out of necessity. But the potential of a collective is determined by the potential of an individual. He wants to represent it as a kind of angelic beauty, in contrast to the demonized image society gave it over the years. The spectator is often being equally observed by the subject and generates a self-reflection, awareness of his own existence, as an individual. The open context of the paintings can’t provide the answer whether the subject is having company or not, because it’s completely irrelevant. Several elements suggest fading and vulnerability.
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