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THE GALLERY is open every day by appointment on Sundays and public holidays included. Please call in advance on 051 /50 50 65 or 0476/ 42 42 13 . We perfectly adhere to the prescribed safety standards. We welcome you. The permanent artists bring in new works for each exhibition. You can find an overview on this page

AAGJE PEL

Aagje Pel, 1951. For Aagje, the smallest piece of paper found on the street or a lived piece of wood has its own history. She takes it with her and uses her hands and imagination to make something happen with it. Random letters or misunderstood characters on cardboard boxes are also sources of inspiration. Prints of rust, an old photograph sometimes get a mysterious look. Aagje, for example, gives old discarded items in a new context a poetic life of their own. It is a kind of journey in the mind. She finds peace in contemplation, the process of creation and the depiction of emotions.

ANNETTE DEFOORT

My sculptures are archetypes of people and animals, in which I consciously avoid any pursuit of perfection. The rough, the unpolished, the unplanned and the uncharming dominates the whole work. Spontaneity controls the process of becoming. Thus the image builds itself up without much interference from myself

ARTHUR BERNARD

The theme of my recent paintings arose from a line of poetry in Willem Roggeman's collection of poems 'Ultimate exit': "I open a door hesitantly, step through it carefully and stand in the middle of nowhere again". In this way I relate the search for truth and certainty, which is not certainty, to myself.Thinking about myself in relation to the ever-changing environment gives rise to the adaptation of my visual language. During the painting process my figures step through that open door, as it were, and tell each other their experiences. My work is abstract-figurative. In my mostly colorful paintings, the human being in his environment is indicated with a single line. The viewer is free to see "his" in this. the title of the work often reveals something".

LUIGI BENZONI

Luigi Benzoni was born in 1956 in Clusone in the province of Bergamo, Italy, but has lived in Venice since 1976 where he studied architecture and specialized in art history. His "glass faces" - immobile hieratic icons - are related to the drawings and paintings he made using various techniques. All of Benzoni's works have one common feature: his profiles and their contours seem to be imprinted in simplicity, but are actually the result of a decisive force and determination.

CAROLINE WESTERHOUT

That the paintings are beautiful is beyond dispute. Invariably there is a thought embodied that is not only made visible in the image, but that the artist and the viewer think about and look at in the performance itself. A double function that makes the work unique and special. The clear, clear images are sometimes confronting and not without mercy as it should be with honest thinking. As a counterpart, she often paints the body, the shades of colour in the skin and thus the vulnerability of mankind in an almost tender manner. 
Plenty of contradictions, but they have not always been the engine of the mind.

HERMAN BROOD

Hermanus (Herman) Brood (Zwolle, November 5, 1946 - Amsterdam, July 11, 2001) was a Dutch singer, painter, pianist, actor and author. He was the Dutch embodiment of the hedonistic credo Sex, drugs & rock 'n' roll. After amphetamine and years of heavy alcohol consumption had devastated his body, Bread showed standard withdrawal symptoms such as incontinence, epilepsy and delirium tremens. Not five months before his fiftieth birthday, he jumped to his death with a farewell note in his pocket from the roof of the Amsterdam Hilton hotel. After Brood's death, a first retrospective of his work was on display at the Cobra Museum in Amstelveen in 2002, together with photographs taken by his friend, the photographer Anton Corbijn. Brood's work had never been recognised in the museum before. However, there were many enthusiasts and his paintwork sold well. For these lovers there is a beautiful series of silkscreens on display.

HERMANUS

Painter Hermanus Spelbos (1955-2017) attended the art academy but became busier. Yet it was Hermanus who was at the cradle of Poetic Realism. Always the sea, the air, the beach, dreams and security play an important role. Hermanus has nostalgia and stillness in his paintings. Hermanus died on 22 October 2017 after a heavy illness. The gallery has a beautiful collection of his work.

JACEK HAZUKA

Jacek Hazuka, born in 1959 in Tarnów (south-east Poland). He studied at the School of Fine Arts in Tarnów, Kielce and at the "Kenar" School of Fine Arts in Zakopane (1974-1980) and nude drawing at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow. In 1981 he stopped his studies, went to Belgium, to Liège and then to France in Paris. Today he lives and works in France in Lille. He has taken part in numerous individual and group exhibitions (Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, England). His works are part of private collections in Europe, the USA and Australia.

JOOK

JOOK, real name Joke Neyrinck, Polish-Belgian (°82) has been building an ever-expanding arsenal of colourful, anthropomorphic figures that seem to spring from loose doodles. The small, fantastical and picturesque creatures, which can be sweet and cute, but can just as easily be reminiscent of small deep-sea monsters or bizarre body parts, are all fictitious figures. Lovely and naive as they look at first glance, they spin out a range of unequivocal emotions in the digital painting, drawing and 3D print. The unforced narrative interplay most resembles a visual life song: interspersed with eyes, lips, humour and a touch of obscenity. Joke exhibited her digital art internationally with LumenArt.

JOZ. DE LOOSE

Was born in Bruges on 10 January 1925; after the humanities, studies at the urban Academy of Fine Arts in Bruges, at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinématographiques in Paris and at the Institut voor Tropische Medicine in Antwerp. During a three-year stay in the former Belgian Congo, with the support of the "Musée de l'Homme" in Paris, he made an important ethnological study on the Zande tribe of the Uele region as well as on the art they produced. Evolved from an expressionist painting to a strange painting in relief to finally find its real destination in sculpture. First sculpture in 1955. Initially in wood and stone, later in polyester and copper. Currently exclusively in bronze.

JUAN RIPOLLES

Juan Ripollés (° 1932) lives and works in Spanish Castellón, Valencia. He found his own dreamy and ironic imagery and today belongs to the top of contemporary Spanish artists. Southern culture could not be depicted more beautifully. Every work is made in the gardens of his manor Mas de Flors in Castellon. Ripollés works with his heart, not his head and only wants to distance himself from all intellectualism. Typical of his visual language are the enormous heads of his figures with which he wants to underline the importance of the four senses. The senses originate in the centre of the head, the heart completes the story.My idea of Paradise is life itself. I don't mix my words.  You are you. It is my pain,my thirst,my glance,my love,my word.You are you. For me, art is a reflection of reality, an intense, living emotion. change whole words for part words.Who would exchange laughter for tears for me? Juan Ripollés

LAURENT GEERS

Laurent Geers' favourite subject is today's wife. While fashion praises ever slimmer models, he loves volume. When most of them are ready with the scales, a well-formed model arouses his interest. The soft plump that he displays in his work testifies to desire, desire, and love. He creates tender beauty.

LUCETTE BRANDY

Lucette Brandy refuses to accept the provocation of misery and disintegration, thus occupying an original territory, reflecting a sensitivity for others. It is a delicate humanism, but not without power, what we are talking about here: let the dream pass, but stay alert to the message, nothing is insignificant, this "sculpture" is that of a well-considered and talented artist, who renews himself and whom we have to rediscover with each exhibition.

MITSI PARIS

Parallel to my activity as a painter, I devote myself to creating imaginative jewellery that bears the imprint of the special aura of miniature works of art. In creating unique and handmade jewellery, I create drawings inspired by traditional ornamental motifs, medieval frescoes, paintings of the great masters, cosmic images, or simply my personal universe.

PAUL DE VOS

I try to give each image what it deserves: its own unique expression, a fragile stillness in posture and gestures, an epidermis full of pores and colour. When, after the delicate baking process, the oven opens and I see the successful sculptures in front of me, I sigh with satisfaction. 

PETER PEL

Peter Pel, 1947
Peter Pel lets himself be captivated by the woman and the girl in it, in all its forms. Important to him is the movement and balance he tries to express by leaving an image on a small resting point. The images radiate a fragility, which is achieved by the slender but powerful body shapes and the thin layers on top of them with which the fabric expression is rendered. Although work is done in small editions, each version differs because the basic shape is used differently each time. This gives all images their own character and appearance.

SJAAK SMETSERS

Sjaak's sculptures appear to be fantasy figures where the human is united with the animal. Fantasy and humour, transparent and interspersed with colour. Far away from reality and from the delusion of the day, they seem like dream images, if it weren't for the double faces in his images. As visible as the two faces are, the outer beauty of his images makes it easy to ignore their ethical charge and meaning.

SNEZANA PETROVIC

Snezana Petrovic is a Serbian female painter and printmaker whose works of art belong to the genre of figurative surrealism and fantastic art. She was born in 1977 in Novi Sad, Serbia. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of Novi Sad in 2004 at the Department of Printmaking, where she also graduated Magister of Fine Arts in Printmaking in 2008. In 2015 she obtained her doctorate in Fine Arts at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Fine Arts in Belgrade, Serbia. She works at the Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Novi Sad as a university lecturer at the Department of Printmaking. She has participated in around 150 group exhibitions and realized 18 solo exhibitions, both in Serbia and worldwide, and has won a dozen awards and worldwide recognition for her works of art, including a Jury Prize [third in rank] at the 6th Tokyo International Mini Print Triennial 2018 in Japan and a Special Jury and Purchasing Prize [second in rank] at the 10th International Gravure Biennale "Premio Acqui 2011" in Acqui Terme, Italy.

UDO UNKEL

In the work of Udo Unkel it is the confrontation with the individuality of the individual human being who - initially triggered by the personal process of self-discovery - finds a creative interpretation in sculptures. The partially opened or torn figures illustrate the respective development process and the resulting changes and injuries. Here the body with its physique comes into the background in favour of the representation of processes, thoughts, emotions and actions. Not infrequently, the aspect of transience is also a theme in Unkel's work and is indicated by skulls and bones, for example, as death is found by the viewer in some works. The communication between art and the viewer is important for the artist and is stimulated at various levels. Unkel always strives beyond purely visual perception for a critical and self-critical investigation of man and his behaviour in the world. Unkel puts man at the centre of his work and challenges the viewer through his work to an intensive investigation of himself. The human being as an image content becomes, as it were, a social and psychological instrument and thus has a dialogical effect on the (self-)perceiving human being. Dr. Annette Georgi Kunsthistorikerin / Munster

NORBERT DE BELIE

"Eyes - cans": Eyes, those cans... drawn at a moment's notice. Tins reflect the state of mind of the individual. Alienation, loneliness and the growing individualization already dare to crawl into the eyes. This theme can be found in Norbert's works. His figures stare at you, sometimes strange, curious, dazed, sometimes hidden behind each other as if they were waiting for a sign from the viewer.  Chinese ink, pencil, pastel crayon and ballpoint pen are the artist's preferred materials. Sophisticated uniform decorative frames, "floating" inlaid drawings and the use of museum glass give the works an extra dimension. 

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