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Steve Kirkham & Joseph Laureys in September

Our Summer Madness show runs for another 2 weekends, so there is still time to visit this colourfull group show.

Meanwhile, we are already busy with  the next shows. On 3rd September the exhibition of Steve Kirkham and Joseph Laureys opens at 3pm.

Steve is one of our represented artists. His ceramic work is mainly inspired by old cultures and civilisations. He combines ceramic with bits of steel baked into the material. This talented English artist, who has been living in Belgium for quite some time now, has a very unique style.

Joseph Laureys has been around for a bit longer. His gorgeous surreal paintings are a feast for the eyes. He will show no less than 29 paintings in this exhibition. You do not want to miss this show.

And then prepare for HEAVY METAL, our alternative art show, which opens on friday 30th September!

Getting ready for Summer Madness

Today we take down all the artwork of ‘The Light Fantastic’ and get ready to hang our next show ‘Summer Madness’.

With a predicted 32°C, it seems quite appropriate to start setting up the show today. Almost all of the artwork is here. We have paintings by Tone Aanderaa, mixed media by Dimitri Pichelle, ceramic by Dimitri Cambier, sculptures by Didier Maghe, drawings and sculptures by Dirk Bosschaert and paintings by Leo Plaw.

Later today we’re expecting Peter Geerts with his paintings and Ed Hanssen with his mixed media.

Our summer show will be a bit of a mix of styles and subjects. You will be surprised by some of the work and recognise the style of other.

More pictures soon.

Paris

So here I was again in Paris, the city I love to hate and hate to love. Previous trips to the City of Light had never been very enjoyable but I was here for business this time.

First stop was the Cabinet des Curieux in the Passage Verdeau to deliver my sculpture for Thierry Ruby’s “Underground” show. Being one of the last artists to deliver his work, I already got a good look at the amazing show he had put together. The little cozy gallery was cramped full of top notch artworks by about 40 artists, many of which I recognised and was looking forward to seeing again that evening at the vernissage.

 

Over 300 people showed up in the evening and many of them were a work of art themselves.  It was fun meeting up again with Patrice ‘PIT’ Hubert, Benoit Polveche, Christine Polis and Delphyne V to name a few, and plans for future shows were discussed. This show runs untill the end of August, so there’s plenty of time to go have a look.

Day 2 started with a visit to Corine Perier’s atelier, where she showed me some of her latest paintings. Corine paints surreal animals  in oil on wood. She will be part of our Winter Wonderland show at the end of the year, as well as our Creature show next year, and I’m very excited and happy about that.

 

 

The afternoon was spent meeting a few more artists and galleries, which I cannot talk about much yet at this point.

Around 4:30pm I made my way to the Place des Voges to meet up with artist Philippe Jozelon, who showed me his portfolio of his latest works. Philippe works digital and presents his strange creatures in very artistic and complex frames. I signed him up for our Heavy Metal show this fall and the Creature show next year. He panicked a little when I told him how many pieces I needed. 🙂

 

 

And then it was time for the vernissage of Stephane Halleux and Fifax at the Galerie Ariel Sibony. Stephane’s ‘steampunk’ sculptures out of machine parts and leather were amazing and Fifax’ oilpaintings, which incorporated Stephane’s characters, worked amazingly well together. One of the best shows I’ve ever seen.

 

 

Crappy picture, I know. Again I met up with Benoit Polveche, Christine Polis, Delphyne V and Trëz, all of which will be in our Heavy Metal show in the Fall.

And that was it. Paris turned out to be very productive and I even found a few places I actually liked. So there’s hope for me yet.

After today, there is one more weekend to enjoy our ‘Light Fantastic’ show at the gallery and then we start preparing ‘Summer Madness’. More about that later.

 

 

Artwork on-line

The opening weekend of The Light Fantastic was well attended. A number of artists were here on opening night: Claus Brusen, Jacek Lipowczan, Magda Francot, Jef Bertels, Roland Menten, Jo Pirard, Raoul Chanet and Dirk Bosschaert. It was really great to see old friends again and meet new people.

We are all very happy with how this show has turned out. The artwork is amazing.

Since quite a few people won’t be able to visit the gallery, we’ve put all the artwork on-line right here.

Please contact the gallery if you are interested in one of the artworks, by email info@novabelgica.com or by phone +32 495 689485.

Countdown to ‘The Light Fantastic’

Less than a month from now, on friday 13th May to be precise, NovaBelgica Art Gallery in Sint-Truiden, Belgium, will present its second group show: ‘The Light Fantastic: Masters of Magic Realism, Fantastic and Visionary Art’.

Gallery owner and metalsculptor Tim Roosen has gathered a fine group of international artists for this show. Many of them have never before shown their work in Belgium.

From Denmark come Claus Brusen and Tommas, from Holland Peter van Oostzanen and from Austria Sigrid Nepelius. Poland is represented by Jacek Lipowczan, Kriz Cruz and Marcin Kolpanowicz. From France comes Virginie Ropars and from Australia (though currently residing in Berlin, Germany) Leo Plaw.

Belgian artists include Magda Francot, Jef Bertels, Christien Dutoit, Raoul Chanet, Dirk Bosschaert, Roland Menten and Jo Pirard.

Finally, the artists represented by the gallery: Christine Morren, Olga Gouskova, Els Wenselaers, Steve Kirkham, Eddie Symkens and Tim Roosen have also made new work for this exhibition.

The show opens on friday 13th May at 8pm – a number of artists will be present – and runs untill 19th June. The gallery will be open on saturdays from 10am till 6pm and on sundays from 2pm till 6pm, as well as by appointment.

More information on www.novabelgica.com and the gallery’s Facebook page.

Picture credits (top to bottom): Tommas, Jacek Lipowczan, Christien Dutoit