Les Artistes

“Sans eux pas de collections d'art.
Avec eux la beauté, la provocation, le plaisir, la réflexion. ”

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d'Ursel, Alfred
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1987 in Belgium. Lives and works in Brussels.

Painter Alfred d’Ursel had an abstraction background, but was feeling uncomfortable with the trends in contemporary art. He then decided to develop the daily studio practice as a personal diary, with the intention of “diffusing an inner physical sensation through a broad range of media.” His interest lies in the pre-18th century painting and its timelessness: he tries to relocate these pictures in different, modern contexts. D’Ursel’s works are often based on a dialogue between various elements such as paintings, sculptures or photographs.

 


 
Daïma
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016

Born in Tachkent (Uzbekistan) in 1959, lives and works in Paris.

After finishing her studies at the school of Fine-Arts in Tachkent and travelling to Moscou, Daïma Rakhmanbekova settles with her husband and fellow artist Maxime Vardanian
in Paris in 1989. Daïma finds her inspiration in the culture of Uzbekistan, especially its suzani, an embroidered and decorative tribal textile. The artist’s birdlike figures have the vivid colors and spirituality of the Orient. Through her art, Daïma portrays a certain art de vivre: a world that is peaceful and friendly, with an atmosphere that is intimate and nonchalant, but fragile. With her husband, photographer Paolo Roversi and painter Jia Juan Li she starts the group l’Ane noir in 1999. Above all, they believe in hard work, modesty and poetry. 

 

 
Dalwood, Dexter
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in 1960 in England. Lives and works in London.

Dexter Dalwood's works depict imagined and constructed interiors or landscapes, usually devoid of figures, that act as memorials or descriptions of various people, places or historic moments. There have been several shifts in his work, most notably towards painting events of a political nature and increasingly explicit references to art history. Almost all of Dalwood's paintings initially start out as small collages - compositions he assembles by literally cutting and pasting from the pages of magazines and art history images. In the subsequent large-scale canvases the abrupt disjunctures and solid edges are faithfully reproduced. The way that Dalwood constructs his pictures, juxtaposing both image and content, is highly sophisticated. He weaves together personal, social and political histories with art history and popular culture, to produce provocative and complex new meanings.

 


 
Danino, Dany
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013, "Sex, Money and Power" january - march 2013

Born in 1971 in Belgium. Lives and works in Brussels.

Dany Danino has adopted the blue ballpoint pen is his medium of predilection. His large and intricate drawings explore the possibilities of representation, with a wide range of references, like mythology and symbolism. Danino deals with existential questions and human concerns.

 

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Darbyshire, Matthew
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in the United Kingdom in 1977, he lives and works in London.

Matthew Darbyshire studied with sculptor Phyllida Barlow as well as at the London Royal Academy Schools. His work is centered on the notions of class and (good or bad) taste. Darbyshire studies the world around us through the lens of the objects and design pieces we produce, buy, and live with on a daily basis. The artist sees these objects as blueprints of our ambitions, our cultural background and our ideology. What is our relationship to these objects, and what do we find appealing in them? These are the questions that Darbyshire asks through his various installations and sculptures.


 

 

 
Dash, N.
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1980 in the USA. Lives and works in New York and New Mexico.

N. Dash creates wall pieces that show materials usually hidden in a canvas: stretcher, jute, white cotton, and linen… By using what is behind a painting, she makes varied structures that have more in common with sculpture than with painting itself. She explores the material elements upon which painting and sculpture are built and try to find how to embed meaning into them.

 

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Dault, Julia
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1977 in Canada. Lives and works in New York.

In the complex artworks of richly textured paintings and sculptures, Julia Dault is testing the limits of her own physical strength revealed in her experiments with various materials and utensils. By pushing the boundaries of her practice, using unexpected, unusual and sometimes even trashy materials, such as pleather, silk and spandex instead of canvas as the painting's ground, Dault is considered to be a daring and adventurous artist. Experimentation is one of the keys to Dault’s art; she is constantly looking after new connections between her hand and the surface of the painting. Her textured canvasses can be seen as multi-layered illusions that play with our sense of depth, by both removing and re-applying paint.

 

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David, Enrico
"La Gioia" october - december 2014 

Born in 1966 in Italy. Lives and works in London.

Enrico David’s practice encompasses a wide range of materials and techniques - painting, sculpture and different traditions of handicraft, always rooted in drawing - to allow him to explore the representations of the human body. References to Arte Povera, graphic design and modernist scenic design, as well as literary hints and folklore craft often appear in his work. According to art critic Rita Selvaggio, David’s eclectic vocabulary has always been focused on a continual giving form to the instability of feelings and their impermanence.

 


 
De Boeck, Lieven
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016

Born Brussels in 1971, he lives and works in Brussels and New York.

Artist and architect Lieven De Boeck has been a researcher in Fine Arts at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht, and artist in residence at the ISCP New York and the Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen Innsbruck. Common threads in De Boeck’s long term projects, is the disappearance or alteration of identity, and the observations of the public domain which surrounds us and defines our daily reality as well as the context of any art practice. In 2003, De Boeck started his ongoing research, Dictionary of Space, to formulate concepts dealing with notions such as identity, representation, appropriation, borders, territory, and private and public space. By creating typologies for objects, thus generalizing and classifying them, De Boeck inevitably gives these items individualizing characteristics. Dictionary of Space has been developed in different contexts: from interventions in magazines, publications, texts and drawings, to performances, models, installations and video. ”

 

 
De Brabanter, Thomas
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1985 in Belgium. Lives and works between Brussels and Antwerp.
Studied at HISK.


 

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De Bruyckere, Berlinde
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013

Born in 1964 in Belgium. Lives and works in Ghent.

Best known for her sculptural work, Berlinde De Bruyckere also makes drawings, watercolors and installations. For several years now, she has been developing a highly personal vocabulary, using forms and materials selected for their metaphorical power. The main subjects around which her work revolves are the vulnerability of people and nature, the human need for protection, warmth, love, and understanding, but also the rough realities dominated by the aggression, the violence, the pain, and the fear. The artist takes these universal themes and transposes them using the contemporary sensibility which combines poetic beauty with raw realism. In this sense, De Bruyckere’s work is imbued with dualities that reflect the contradictions of the being. Taking inspiration from literature and film history, her work also displays a great affinity with old masters like Lucas Cranach and Antonello da Messina.

 


 
de Chirico, Giorgio
"Obsession" january - march 2015

Born in Greece in 1888, he died in 1978.

The founder of Scuola Metafisica art movement that greatly influenced Surrealist artists, Giorgio de Chirico was known for his paintings, sculptures, drawings, and costume and stage designs. Working in a neoclassical and neo-Baroque style he frequently depicted metaphysical themes occurring in the writings of contemporary philosophers such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Arthur Schopenhauer, and Max Klinger. The artist created images of forlornness and emptiness that paradoxically also convey a feeling of power and freedom. Max Ernst, Salvadoro Dali, and René Magritte are just a few Surrealists who had acknowledged De Chirico’s influence on their work.

 

 
De Cordier, Thierry
"Obsession" january - march 2015

Born in Belgium in 1954, he lives and works in Belgium.

Thierry De Cordier is a philosopher, performer, sculptor, writer and poet. He lives a nomadic existence that causes him to reflect upon the world through his own experience. His work is the result of a personal quest: a search for his own identity, his relationship to the world, and his role within society. In the last few decades, Thierry De Cordier has dedicated himself to painting. Recurrent themes include mountains, seascapes and desolate landscapes that are partly inspired by the vast, black and white topographical paintings made in China during the 17th and 18th century, yet capture the essential qualities of the landscape and light of Northern Europe.

 

 
de Jong, Folkert
"States of Mind" january - march 2014 

Born in 1972 in The Netherlands. Lives and works in Amsterdam.

Folkert de Jong reinvents traditional figurative sculpture using unconventional materials like Styrofoam and polyurethane foam. He creates life-sized vividly colored figures that make reference to art history or contemporary and historical geo-political issues. His world is peopled by circus artists, soldiers, Indian gods, mountain climbers, little dancers, apes, heads of state, and skeletons. Interested in the dark side of human nature, de Jong focuses on the grotesque which results in pieces that are, at the same time, horrifying and humorous, melodramatic and macabre, caricatural and confrontational. He combines his personages in ‘tableaux-vivant’ style compositions that remind Old Masters.

 

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de la Cruz, Angela
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1965 in Spain. Lives and works in London.

Angela de la Cruz’s work questions not only the formal aspects of the contemporary painting but also its essence and its relevance as pictorial support. Her creations combine a formal tension in a profound emotional presence. They are not strictly speaking canvasses except for the material used; the term “clutter” gives a more complete picture of her work. De la Cruz uses frequently this term as title of her pieces whoever well emanating from the abstract and monochrome painting traditions are rather more like installations in which the support becomes the protagonist.

 


 
De Laet, Liesje
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1988 in Belgium. Lives and works in Antwerp.
Studied at Sint-Lucas Antwerp.


 

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De Lazzari, Giovanni
"La Gioia" october - december 2014 

Born in 1977 in Italy. Lives and works in Lecco.

Giovanni De Lazzari’s works result from his close observation of reality and conceal a dense overlapping of memories and reminiscences. His is a quest that has to do with the primitive nature of the artistic process. “My subjects often treat of partial slavery; constraints that allude to conditions of limited liberty,” explains the artist. Animals and nature are recurrent in De Lazzari’s works and an opportunity to reflect on another ‘nature’, the human. He reflects on the dynamics involving people, their emotional relationships and the inevitable power relations established between them.

 


 
de Marco, Flavio
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1975 in Italy. Lives and works in Berlin.

Flavio de Marco’s artistic practice focuses on the experience of landscape through the language of painting. He cross examines the value of ‘traditional’ pictorial genres and attempts to find a contemporary way to represent landscapes, in a constant search to find new formal solutions.

 

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de Mont, Alice
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1985 in Belgium. Lives and works in Ghent.
Studied at ERG.


 

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De Roo, Jolien
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1988 in Belgium. Lives and works in Ghent.
Studied at KASK.


 

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De Santis, Gabriele
"La Gioia" october - december 2014 

Born in 1983 in Italy. Lives and works in Rome.

Conceptual artist and painter, Gabriele De Santis explains his practice as follows: “I think my work is continuously developing around the intrinsic points of interest for me: the modular contexts of the written word and its ambiguity; and the humour of every day life and how both of these can intertwine with artworks.” He explores ways in which objects can be liberated from their states and extrapolated into the realm of fine art and the residuals that come along with this (dis)placement.

 


 
de Villers, Raphaël
"Lightness?" january - march 2012

Born in 1969 in France. Lives and works in Paris.

Raphaël de Villers began with a regular practice of drawing and painting, to move towards volume creations made ​​from paper mache and recycled objects. Research to make his works perennial led him to ceramics. Today working ceramics provides him with the freedom to produce artworks that on the one hand inscribe themselves in history and on the other hand, enlarge his exploratio of coulours through their vibrations, transformations and even ‘accidents de parcours’. De Villers gives form to a real or fantasmic univers in the heart of a lush nature inhabited by real or monstruous animals that remind us of medieval iconography.

 


 
Decoster, Raphaël
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1988 in France. Lives and works between Lille and Tournai.
Studied at Académie des Beaux-Arts de Tournai.


 

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Delahaut, Jo
"States of Mind" january - march 2014

Born in 1911 in Belgium and died in 1992.

Major figure of the Belgian abstraction, Jo Delahaut intended to evoke as much emotions as possible with a minimum of means. He started painting impressionistic canvasses in 1940, later evolving to a very different style. He created static geometric forms in which colors played a major role, in a constant and patient attempt to order chaos and achieve balance. “I like the logic,” he explained, “the improvised scares me.”

 


 
Delahaye, Luc
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in France in 1962, he lives and works in Paris.

Luc Delahaye started his career in the 1990s as a war photographer at the Magnum agency, covering conflicts in Lebanon, Rwanda and Bosnia. He left Magnum in 2004 and retired as a photojournalist. He continued to travel the world to take photos in a documentary style but instead of showing them in magazines, Delahaye began showing them in museums and artist books. Delahaye is today considered as an artist instead of a reporter, taking pictures in which “art photography and photojournalism converge” (Sean O’Hagan). This didn’t happen without controversy, as some critics reproached Delahaye’s way of aestheticized death and suffering in panoramic photographs. He is most famous for his photograph Taliban, showing a dead Taliban warrior lying in a ditch. “All my efforts have been to be as neutral as possible, and to take in as much as possible, and allow an image to return to the mystery of reality.” – Luc Delahaye.


 

 
Delangle, Frédéric
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016

Born in Rueil-Malmaison (France) in 1965, he lives and works in Paris.

Frédéric Delangle is a French photographer who is most famous for his photographs of cities and landscapes. He often photographs during the night; darkness and silence are recurring themes in his work. For his series Nyctalope (2005), a word describing animals that can see in the dark, the photographer took pictures of forests at night, using his car lights to create a dramatic clair obscur. For his series Ahmedabad (2005-2006), Delangle traveled to the city of Ahmedabad in the northern part of India to photograph its empty streets at night. 

 

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Delgado, Angel
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1965 in Cuba. Lives and works in Havana and Mexico City.

Angel Delgado’s work is based on the limitations, restrictions, prohibitions, controls and other losses of freedom that are constantly imposed on people within society. After being sentenced to prison in 1990, the artist began a new period in his career. He chose, like in Munch’s “The Scream”, to remain outside, rather than to be a voice crying out from the crowd accepting and not reacting to censorship.

 

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Delvaux, Paul
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1897 in Belgium and died in 1994.

Although never directly associated with the Surrealist movement, Paul Delvaux was influenced by some of its ideas and dreamlike atmosphere. Combining in his works both classical and modernist features, he also incorporated elements from his architecture studies and childhood memories. Delvaux has painted nocturnal landscapes and railway stations, but his work is marked by the presence of statuesque female figures – mostly nude and with melancholic gazes – evolving in mysterious settings, permeated by an underlying eroticism. “I have always had great joy in painting and I always lost myself in my works while creating them. Each subject is preceded by long, elaborate work before achieving the harmony and balance that I tried to put in it,” said the artist.

 


 
Delvoye, Wim
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016,
"ta.bu" january - March 2016,
"Icon(s)" April - July 2015,
"Obsession" January - March 2015,
"Sex, Money and Power" January - March 2013,

"
Red" September - December 2012,
"Lightness?" January - March 2012


 Born in Belgium in 1965, he lives and works in Ghent.

Wim Delvoye is known for his often provocative and shocking projects, like the Cloaca, a machine reproducing the operation of the digestive system, or his tattooed pigs. Delvoye takes an everyday object and transforms it into what undoubtedly becomes art. The object to art transition is central in his work; Delvoye’s interest lies mainly in the understanding of the “grey zone” in between the two. Delvoye does not work alone in his studio, but is surrounded by a group of technicians and specialists. Each object is designed, tested and tried out in different variations. An important production line consists of his ‘gothic’ works: a series of monumental metal models or replicas, sometimes on a scale of 1 to 1, of industrial equipment or machinery in ‘gothic style’.


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Denzler, Andy
"Red" september - december 2012

Born in 1965 in Switzerland. Lives and works in Zurich.

Andy Denzler’s works – paintings, sculptures and drawings – is developed between action painting and photorealism. With classic means such as oil painting, the artist attempts to understand the borderlines between fiction and reality, equally focusing on technique and subject. Between the realism and dynamism of gestural abstraction, the artist creates lonely and dreamy paintings, inviting the viewer to penetrate his singular psychological vision of the world. He has created a signature style encompassing bands of pigment that alternate between static, thick marks and blurred, flowing sweeps. Denzler frequently alludes to other media in his paintings. His Motion Paintings are divided into four groups of works: "Portraits," "History Paintings," "Figures & Landscapes," and "Urban Figures."

 

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Depardon, Raymond
"Red" september - december 2012

Born in 1942 in France.

Photographer, journalist and filmmaker, Raymond Depardon started his career in the early 1960’s. He is co-founder of the photography agency Gamma, and in 1979 he became member of the famous Magnum agency. One of the most significant characteristics of Depardon’s photographic work is his claim for the photographer’s subjectivity. In many of his books he frequently combines photographs and texts written in first person, mingling journalism and autobiography.

 


 
Deschamps, Gerard
"Red" september - december 2012

Born in 1937 in France. Lives and works in La Châtre.

Gérard Deschamps started his artistic career by being an abstract painter. In the 1960’s he exhibited with other artists from the «Nouveau Réalisme» movement that proclaimed new ways of perceiving reality, along with the critique of mass-produced commercial objects. Deschamps gave up oil painting which, according to him, lacked flexibility, and started to experiment with collages and assemblages, using female underwear as well as armor plates and metal enclosures. In recent years, he has been using balloons, beach pools and rubber rings that he piles up in nets or showcases, joining skateboard decks or using windsurf sails as metaphors of leisure society.

 


 
Devriendt, Robert
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1955 in Belgium. Lives and works in Bruges and Zwevezele.

The work of Robert Devriendt consists of small paintings, usually shown in sequence, creating a story for the viewers who are stimulated to “fill in the blanks” between the images with their own imagination. The canvasses painted with a great attention on details, in a style reminding Primitive Flemish art, depict fragments of people, animals, landscapes or spaces. “They record staged and fictitious moments, which alternate between recognition and dreams, between allusions and absence, and between painting and pretense. Devriendt is a master of allusion, fictionalization and perhaps also deception,” explains curator Jan Hoet.

 

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di Martino, Rä
 "La Gioia" october - december 2014

Born in 1975 in Italy. Lives and works in New York.

Rä di Martino’s work encompasses film, photography and installation. “I am definitely drawn to moving images and I consider it my main medium,” says the artist. She explores the cinema field as an inheritance including the images, the stories and the memories from which she is inspired to create new narratives. Di Martino’s films are highly contextualized and often quote well-known movies. Her practice approaches the passage of time, as well as the differences between epic narratives and lived experiences. One may say that her works are characterized by a tension between pathos and a certain detachment: a disconnectedness that interrupts the synchronicity attaching image and text.

 

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Dijkstra, Rineke
"States of Mind" january - march 2014

Born in 1959 in The Netherlands. Lives and works in Amsterdam.

With a singular combination of aesthetics and emotion, Rineke Dijkstra has put portraiture at the core of her artistic practice. She usually works in series, creating groups of photographs around a specific theme. Her portraits encompass a wide variety of subjects, ranging from adolescents on the beach to bullfighters after they left the ring. What they all have in common is a certain vulnerability; people are caught in unwittingly revealing moments. Dijkstra also followed individuals during extended periods of time, showing their development both physical and psychological. Her contemporary approach of portraiture focuses on transitions, rites of passage and the construction of identity.

 


 
Dimitrijević, Braco
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1948, he lives and works in Paris.

Dimitrijević’s work looks into the topics of history and the invidual’s place in it. He became famous with his Casual passer-by series, for which he displayed gigantic portraits of everyday people on billboards and facades in Europe and America and created honorary plaques for anonymous people. He also makes installations in which he places original paintings borrowed from museums all around the world next to everyday objects. These interventions in museum collections illustrate his now famous statement: “Louvre is my studio, street is my museum.”

 

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Djurberg, Nathalie and Berg, Hans
"Obsession" january - march 2015

Born in Sweden in 1978, they live and work in Germany.

Djurberg is best known for mixing animation, sculpture and sound to create short films that are faux-naïve, but graphically violent, erotic, and containing psychologically charged scenarios dealing with human and animalistic desires. Their main characters, as described by The New York Times, "are girls or young women engaged in various kinds of vileness: from mild deception, jealousy, revenge, greed, friendly torture and oddly benign bestiality to submission, murder and mayhem." The films are accompanied by music by Hans Berg, who conjures up the atmospheric sound effects and scores the hypnotic music for Djurberg’s animations and installations.

 

 
Dodiya, Anju
"States of Mind" january - march 2014

Born in 1964 in India. Lives and works in Mumbai.

The bold patterns and vivid colors of Medieval French tapestries, the poetry of Sylvia Plath, Early Renaissance master Giotto, Japanese prints, and Ingmar Bergman’s films; these are only some of the sources from which Anju Dodiya draws inspiration to create her watercolors and canvasses. Layered with images and symbolism, her work is often autobiographical and reveals her search for self-reflection and self-discovery. “The associations that Dodiya brings to her handling of the female body suggest a deep connection with archaic shamanic ritual; but equally, they can project an almost monastic tendency to regard the body as a text through which to meditate on the impermanence of the world,” suggests cultural theorist and art critic Nancy Adajania. The ‘self’ is at the center of her work, but far from being narcissistic, the artist attempts to address universal subjects like womanhood, suffering, and human relationships.

 


 
Dodiya, Atul
"States of Mind" january - march 2014, "Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1959 in India. Lives and works in Mumbai.

Atul Dodiya is from the first generation of Indian artists who identify themselves as postmodern and global. He began his career painting autobiographical and photorealistic canvasses, depicting middle-class Indian life. Since then, he has explored other paths, including vitrine-like installations, mixed-media works and paintings executed on the surface of the metal roller shutters used to protect storefronts. His creations access a rich vocabulary of stylistic and iconographic references from both Indian and Western art, along with imagery and ideas rooted in film, history, popular culture, and literature. Dodiya also approaches political subjects, cleverly including quotations of leaders such as Gandhi in his works. These are an especially insightful comment on the similarities between Gandhi’s protests techniques and Conceptual art.

 


 
Doi, Hiroyuki
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1946 in Japan. Lives and works in Tokyo.

Hiroyuki Doi started drawing after the death of his brother, finding relief in his practice. He only uses pen and ink on Japanese papers called washi. With these most basic materials, Doi creates connected, meandering clusters of circles, from random sprinklings of tiny dots to sprawling agglomerations of bubbly cells. In these drawings, he explores topics such as the transmigration of the soul and the cosmos.

 

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Dolron, Desiree
"Everybody is crazy, but me" April - July 2016,"Resonance(s)" April - June 2014, "Inner Journeys" April - June 2013

Born in 1963 in The Netherlands. Lives and works in Amsterdam.

Desiree Dolron’s body of work combines traditional reportage photography with computer enhancement. By mixing these two methods, she achieves a powdery, glowing effect, thus giving her pictures the aspect of paintings. Her aesthetic is intricately linked to the Flemish school of primitive portrait painters, such as Petrus Christus and Rogier van der Weyden, and to the interior Danish painter Vilhelm Hammershoi. Dolron does not try to reproduce their work but rather adapts their aesthetic to her 21st century vision. Using the latest technologies, she manipulates the images and, like a painter, adds and changes elements within the frame. The outcomes are pure and flawless works, with a stillness and subtlety, which, even if the references seem obvious, are a revelation to the viewers.

 

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Dorval, Réjean
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1966 in Canada. Lives and works in Tournai.
Studied at Académie des Beaux-Arts de Tournai.


 

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Dotremont, Christian
"States of Mind" january - march 2014

Born in 1922 in Belgium and died in 1979.

An important member of Belgium Surrealism and one of the founders of art group CoBrA, Christian Dotremont explored the abstract ways of expression and was mostly interested in the visual aspects of language. Textual experiments are an important part of his conceptually rich body of work. His creations embody the feelings and thoughts he tried to eternalize on paper. With his famous logograms, Dotremont sought to create a new visual grammar.

 


 
Draeger, Christoph
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in 1965 in Switzerland. Lives and works in Vienna.

Christoph Draeger employs installation, drawing, sculpture, video, and photo-based media to explore issues related to tragedies – natural disasters, plane crashes, political and human conflict - and to the contemporary media-saturated culture. His purpose is not to retell events as they actually were, but to question our memory of media images.

 

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Drift studio
"Origin(s)" may - june 2011

Lonneke Gordijn (1980) and Ralph Nauta (1978) founded in 2006 studio DRIFT.

The studio aspires to timeless design combining knowledge and intuition, nature and science fiction, fantasy and interaction. The work of these two Dutch designers expresses their search for balance between nature and the Communication Age. Ralph and Lonneke react on the digital revolution by making works that project a feeling of hovering, gliding, floating, lightness, in a state of zero gravity.

 

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Dubossarsky Vinogradov
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Vladimir Dubossarsky born in Russia in 1964, Alexander Vinogradov born in Russia in 1963. They live and work in Moscow.

Artistic duo Vladimir Dubossarsky and Alexander Vinogradov have been working together since 1994. That year, they created their first series of paintings titled People who never came to Moscow. The style of their colorful paintings is reminiscent of Socialist Realism, which was the official style under the Communist regime but had, since the 1990s been banned. Another great influence is Pop Art, as Dubossarsky and Vinogradov like to incorporate elements of popular culture in their paintings, like TV stars, fashion models as well as toys and candy. They also add references to nineteenth-century Russian paintings, like Russian myths and traditions. The resulting paintings offer a distinctively Russian satire of consumerist euphoria. Anna Petrova: “With their paintings the idealistic dreams of Socialist Realism become a glorification of idols created by a society of mass consumerism.”

 

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Dufait, Rein
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013

Born in 1990 in Belgium. Lives and works in Ghent.

To create sculptures which evoke images, thoughts, emotions or stories, Rein Dufait uses found objects and various materials. He reinvents the ready-made and produces pieces with an economy of means, reinforcing his message. “Dufait’s work comes into being in his studio, almost despite himself, like a virtually autonomous proliferation of the materials and tools a sculptor gathers around him. (…) Because his sculptures are the result of a succession of sculptural operations, they also testify to their genesis and tell us something about sculpting," explains curator Hans Theys.

 


 
Dujourie, Lili
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in 1941 in Belgium. Lives and works in Lovendegem.

Lili Dujourie is a versatile artist who creates videos, drawings, collages, series of photographs and installations. Thanks to her extensive knowledge of different forms of expression such as literature, poetry, film and of art history she can disrupt the boundaries between genres. She explores not only different techniques, but she also works with a wide variety of materials – marble, plastic, wood, velvet, metal, and paper. Themes such as impermanence, loss, nostalgia, and melancholy are at the heart of her creations.

 

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Dumas, Marlene
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in 1953 in South Africa. Lives and works in Amsterdam.

Marlene Dumas grew up under the apartheid regime in South Africa, a fact that left an important mark on her work. Her paintings and drawings explore themes as diverse as art history and literature, sexuality, racism and Africa. Religion and the concepts of guilt and forgiveness are recurring subjects. It is with a social and sexual perspective that Dumas paints nudity, but also portraits sick children or abused people, which reveal the human body in all its poetry and degeneration.

 

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Durant, Sam
"States of Mind" january - march 2014 

Born in 1961 in the USA. Lives and works in Los Angeles.

Multimedia artist Sam Durant addresses a variety of political, social, and cultural issues, often drawing inspiration from American history. He has explored subjects like the civil rights movement, southern rock music and the centuries-long struggle between Native Americans and white settlers. Most of his projects show a clearly political activism, permeated with ironical and humorous comments. Through the use of seemingly common objects – mirrors, chairs or maps – Durant reflects on questions concerning mass consumption, neoliberal economy and the geopolitical consequences of imperialism.

 

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Durham, Ben
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born in the USA in 1982, he lives and works in Richmond.

Memory and identity are central themes in Ben Durham’s work. Through his art, Durham analyzes the way we remember and forget, as well as the way our identity and memory is influenced by cultural and visual systems. He is most famous for his “text portraits” - an ongoing series begun in 2003 - in which he recreates mug shots of old high school acquaintances by writing out his own, personal memories, as well as those of his friends, on handmade paper. In another series, Map Composites, he superimposes the map of a person’s neighborhood with the silhouette of his or her mug shot, questioning the relationship between environment and personality.