Contemporary art and artists, jewellery
My paintings depict a world hidden within my mind where imagined interiors, and animals enact a psychological dark comedy. A squiggle of ground meat, a cat’s meow mistaken for a scream, or a comically disillusioned fish being fileted before our eyes, all draw the viewer's attention to the melancholic and at times, brutal tone of the imagery. These subjects suggest existential dread, but that dread is undermined by humor, lively paint handling, and the use of a saturated palette. This self-defeating melodrama points to an ambivalent view of existence, to a need to laugh and cry and scream at once.
From 8-11 September, 47 art galleries around Brussels will be open to the public as part of the Brussels Gallery Weekend. BGW were pioneers in this type of event and this year will be bringing the city alive with contemporary art for the fifteenth year in a row. This very special occasion has a special programme to match, with a unique main venue in the former printing plant of the National Bank of Belgium, the perfect setting for large format sculptures. The Brussels Gallery Weekend has become a must in the calendar of professionals and other art lovers, an invitation to dive into the world of contemporary art creation in the heart of the capital of Europe. Throughout the long weekend, Brussels will be buzzing with exhibitions, performances, and installations. This fifteenth edition of BGW will have a record 47 galleries participating, and also a brand new concept: a central focal point in the prestigious surroundings of the Imprimerie– a former printing plant. And of course we mustn’t forget the traditional “off” programme, the “Generation Brussels” exhibition, different talks, and other surprises...
Since 2005, the non-profit organization Brussels Art Square (BAS) has been organizing a cultural event bringing together the art galleries of Sablon, in Brussels. In September, for 4 days, the participating galleries open their doors, allowing a prestigious clientele to discover exceptional works of art. The exhibits cover 4000 years of international art history. Visitors can, thus, each year, appreciate a wide variety of works: ranging from paintings, sculptures, furniture and jewelry to Archeology and Contemporary Art.
A non-exhaustive list of the styles of works presented by the participating galleries includes: Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, 18th Century Furniture, Tribal Art, Symbolism, Art Nouveau and Art Deco, Murano Glass, 19th Century Sculptures, Japanese Art, Art Chinese, paintings of the Flemish Primitives, Contemporary Art, Ancient and Contemporary Jewelry.
This event has always taken place on the Sablon, the district which has the highest concentration of art dealers in Belgium. An essential and emblematic district, the Sablon is considered an epicenter of the art market in Europe. BAS is proud to be part of this reputation and to count among its members art galleries exhibiting in renown international art fairs, such as TEFAF, BRAFA, FIAC, FRIEZE New York or even The Armory Show.