Viewmasters – Hans Vandekerckhove, 2003.
Oil on canvas,190 x 190 cm.
Hans Vandekerckhove (Kortrijk, 12 October 1957) is a Flemish visual artist living in Ghent.
He focuses on motifs with deep-rooted tradition from Western visual arts: the Rückenfigur, the gardener, the garden and the horticulture, greenhouses, bridges and related architectural motifs, the Hieronymus motif, the girl figure, the romantic landscape, the totem animal, the sacra conversation and announcement motive. He is a romantic and individualist who in his work evolved from a neo-expressionist style (early 1980s) to an almost abstract image inspired by alchemical motifs (1990s) and then, from 1998, to return to the figurative and substantive themes, namely. of the pictorial relationship between motif and background and people and environment. Vandekerckhove’s paintings are contemplative, ascetic works that cause a certain unrest and at the same time are attractive, without falling into the alienation of surrealism. As a person and as an artist, he has a strong relationship with nature and tries to tell a story about it as a visual poet.
In June 2007 the first book with paintings from the period 1998-2006 was published by publishing house Ludion (ISBN 978 90 5544 666 7). The author is Dieter Roelstraete, art philosopher and curator at the MuHka.
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