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With his series of almost miniature paintings, Devriendt offers the experience of an enigma. Each subtly and seductively painted fragment of a realistic scene resembles a screen shot from one or more events or stories about which the spectator is left to guess the storyline. His technique may recall the skill and precision of early Netherlandish painting, but the subject matter is undeniably of today. The paintings appear to be snapshots taken at a distance or close-up, placed side-by-side so that the spectator is pulled in and pushed away from a narrative that is unresolved but yet memorable, because of the seeming familiarity of each subject. What interpretation one might attribute to, or what emotion one might experience from, that narrative will also depend on the sequence which the artist has determined. With the choice of combination and sequencing he has the power to manipulate the spectator’s thoughts and feelings in response to his work.

Devriendt has held solo exhibitions in Belgium since 1983, and has participated in innumerable group exhibitions across Europe and in the USA. His work is in several private and corporate collections, as well as in the 21C Museum, Louisville (USA), the Municipal Museum for Contemporary Art, Ghent, the Provincial Museum of Modern Art, Ostend, the National Bank of Belgium and the Sheringa Museum of Realist Art (Holland) and MOCAK, Kraków. Monographs include ‘Robert Devriendt, Schilderen’, Merz/Luc Derycke & Co. Ghent, 2001, ‘Peintures et Scénarios’, Musée des Beaux Arts, Turcoing, 2009, 'Broken Stories', Ludion, 2015 and 'Making Connections' MOCAK, Kraków 2016

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Biography

Exhibitions

Exhibition catalogues

With his series of almost miniature paintings, Devriendt offers the experience of an enigma. Each subtly and seductively painted fragment of a realistic scene resembles a screen shot from one or more events or stories about which the spectator is left to guess the storyline. His technique may recall the skill and precision of early Netherlandish painting, but the subject matter is undeniably of today. The paintings appear to be snapshots taken at a distance or close-up, placed side-by-side so that the spectator is pulled in and pushed away from a narrative that is unresolved but yet memorable, because of the seeming familiarity of each subject. What interpretation one might attribute to, or what emotion one might experience from, that narrative will also depend on the sequence which the artist has determined. With the choice of combination and sequencing he has the power to manipulate the spectator’s thoughts and feelings in response to his work.

Devriendt has held solo exhibitions in Belgium since 1983, and has participated in innumerable group exhibitions across Europe and in the USA. His work is in several private and corporate collections, as well as in the 21C Museum, Louisville (USA), the Municipal Museum for Contemporary Art, Ghent, the Provincial Museum of Modern Art, Ostend, the National Bank of Belgium and the Sheringa Museum of Realist Art (Holland) and MOCAK, Kraków. Monographs include ‘Robert Devriendt, Schilderen’, Merz/Luc Derycke & Co. Ghent, 2001, ‘Peintures et Scénarios’, Musée des Beaux Arts, Turcoing, 2009, 'Broken Stories', Ludion, 2015 and 'Making Connections' MOCAK, Kraków 2016

www.robertdevriendt.be

 

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