Painter Jan De Vliegher lives and works in Bruges, Belgium. He uses light, form, color, shadow and a thick painting texture to produce strong emotional contemporary abstractions. The subject matter takes a backseat role to the lush colors, dramatic brushstrokes and overpowering scale of his work. On Gow Lansford Gallery he says this about content in painting:
‘Content in painting means more to me then a good political, social or moral story, or whatever kind of meaning/storytelling. It is something poetical and emotional, pure painterly, a free way of painting, a celebration of life. My approach to painting has a formal element as well. I look at paintings in terms of color, form and composition. I like to compose, to create order by means of different compositional styles’.
And on Hilde Van Canneyt blog he says this:
“Painting is ultimately a rational thought process. Truly profound and experience your feelings without systematics as happens in the expressionist world already rapidly decays into something animate. How often it does not happen that someone in a daze think you have made an incredible job and afterwards realize that it all means nothing? I see painting as more sport where you practice a hundred percent control over what you do and where you are very focused. You also need to agree to go out of control, but calculated.”
You can follow the artist here on his website.
Images: Courtesy of Jan De Vliegher.