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Antoon makes oil paintings. An important theme in his work are the so-called 'Lonely Subjects', single subjects, isolated on a big white background.


Images and exhibitions communicate ideas; some ideas may become icons or symbols for a precise overall idea.


The subject is painted realistically, but the white (or black) background isolates it from the daily context so as to make it non-realistic at the same time.

 

 

The paintings present an isolated image from reality, such it is shown on the central object/subject. It is not just an image, but a view that brings to light hidden aspects of the existing world and charges them with meaning.


What the 'Lonely Subjects' do, does not refer to dreams, future or past – only the intensity of a still moment is of importance.


'Subjects' because the painted objects go and live their own life, so much so that in the end they have become a subject; 'lonely' because of the central position in a seemingly empty space.

 

The ‘Lonely Subjects’ stimulate another view on reality. They also give the spectator the power to determine the content of the painting. The subject receives a new aura, apart from its everyday function in real life.

By the solid central position of the object, which at the same time is also the subject of the painting, displayed against a background that looks like an autonomous empty room, the painting reduces the form and meaning to their bare essence.

'La chambre claire' vs. clair/obscur: the lighted room where an interaction begins between formal display and creation of content, stated minimally but clearly

Instead of covering a complete canvas, the ‘Lonely Subjects’ reflect on the mystery of one particular subject in an otherwise big empty room, whose function is to isolate the subject. It is a lonely subject, reduced to its essence.

'Lonely Subjects' are very inspiring. In Antoon’s paintings, the object at the centre has really become the subject of the painting. And yet, unlike in a still life painting e.g., the emphasis is not on the subject itself, but on what it represents.

Most objects bathe in a monochrome white, into which the spectator can project his thoughts. It is a kind of 'espace perdu' to do something with. Like the artist himself, the spectator is bound to go in pursuit of content, of an idea, presented in a clear and pure manner, with what looks like a simple painting touch.

 

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Every work of visual art, whatever it is, starts with a sketch, with an ‘'esquisse’ as it sounds so nice in French. The sketch is the starting-point, the basis, the nucleus out of which the work of art will develop.


The sketch, pure and rough and yet nice in itself.; but above all, the essence, begging for development and completion. A first rough off-set, prickling the artist’s phantasy, a flame for the inspiration, a sober but clear basis on which he/she will build his/her work, probably the most individual expression of what stirs in him/her at a particular moment, the blueprint of what might become a work of art later on…

 

 

 

 

 

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Antoon Verbeeck ° in Louvain 27 – 12 – 1964
Studies 1984 – 1988 A1 Hoger Instituur Sint-Lukas Brussel Fine art and experimental art
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2015 Hologram WO1 Leuven (world war 1)

2015 Virtual reality project for Oculus Rift: STYX Pukkelpop

2015 Minimapping ' Le Petit Chef'

2015 Jeugd FilmFestival Antwerp, Skeleton dance

2014 Virtual reality project for Oculus Rift: STYX SPK Turnhout

2014 Mapping project, Seeflied Antwerp

2014 Virtual reality project for Oculus Rift: STYX Leuven in scene

2013 Mapping project 'Skeleton dance' Light Festival Brussels

2013 Mapping project 'Delirium' Light Festival Hasselt

2013 Mapping project 'Tour of Flanders' Festival Muur & Mythe

2012 Mapping project 'Thinking out of the box' Festival of creativity Turnhout

2012 10-Exhibitions / Tour of Flanders 'Labyrinth' project

2012 Mapping project 'Fiere Margriet' Leuven in scène .

2012 Mapping project 'Firebird' in the city of Antwerp.

2011 Culture Festival 'The (in)tolerant st' Agnes KULeuven

2011 Contour festival Mechelen, mapping project, “Moondance”

2011 TEDx Maastricht

2011 Kulturama – Anatomic Theatre mapping project, 'Anatomic vibes'

2010 Line-art

2010 Kunstroute Leuven – Anatomic Theatre

2009 'She the passion, He the master' Gallery 88

2009 Kunstroute Leuven – Anatomic Theatre

2009 Erring museum M Leuven

2009 Kulturama Leuven

2009 BOZAR, TrucTroc Brussels

2008 Erring museum M Leuven

2008 TrucTroc Bozar TerArken

2008 Leuven Art Galleries

2007 '88' im Atelier funf kurfurstenstrasse Bonn

2007 'Lonely subjects' Norbertuspoort abdij van Park Heverlee

2006 Art and museum Hollfeld (Bayreuth) Quartalausstellung Minimal art

2006 Lonely subjects March 2006 Lakenhal Herentals

2005 3Belgier GeWo Galerie Marburg Germany

2004 'Collectief' 10Oct 3Nov exhibition of paintings conservatorium Brussels

2004 Art award Förderpreis Fine art Kunst-Museum-Hollfeld Germany DE

1996 Europe prize, selected for painting - City of Ostend