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Biography

The artist worked almost in silence for 50 years, devoted to her art and ameliorating her painting in significant pictures. Follow her evolution on her inside and outside world, also in this century.

1942 born in Kleine-Spouwen, Belgium.

1965 study of Nordic Art and Music at the University of Oslo, Norway.          

1966-1970 living in Bonaire, Dutch Antilles.

1970 back in Belgium.

1970–72 painting and drawing at the Academy in Hasselt, Belgium under the tutelage of R. Vandereycken.

1977–82 painting and drawing at the Academy in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium under the tutelage of  H. De Volder and V. Neels. Sculpture with H. Tersago.

1989-1997 living in Hamburg, Germany. Member of the Seevetaler Kuenstler, Hittfeld, Germany.

1990 participant in the summer academy Pentiment in Hamburg, Germany.

1997 back in Belgium. Member of the : Koninklijke Wase Kunstkring Sint-Niklaas, Belgium and  Koninklijke Piet Staut Kring Beveren, Belgium

2016 Member of Rainforest Art Foundation Europe >>

2017 Award 2017 : Red Line Art Works >>

Solo exhibitions

2017 Brave new Old Worlds : Centre Culturel de Mouscron (Belgium) -- De oude, nieuwe wereld : Gemeentemuseum, Temse (Belgium)

2015 Brave New Old Worlds : Galerie Navart Sint-Niklaas (Belgium) 

2014  Brave New Old Worlds : Kasteel Cortewalle Beveren ( Belgium) 

2013 Het Huwelijk : Sint-Niklaas (Belgium)  -- Volle Leegten : New Place Art Gallery,  Den Bosch ( Nederland)  -- Over het licht : Sint-Niklaas, België -- Verloren Wereld, Foyer Stadsschouwburg Sint-Niklaas (Belgium)

2012  Virtual worlds : Espace Tendances Liège (Belgium)

2011 "Brave new, old World" installation of paintings in SDworx, Antwerp, Belgium  -- Virtual Worlds in Clancy bvba, Sint-Niklaas ( Belgium).

2010 "Painted thoughts and memories: painted diaries" : Huis Hellemans, Edegem (Belgium).

2009 "Volle leegten" : Zeeuwse bibliotheek, Middelburg (Netherlands)  --  "Painted thoughts and memories : painted diaries" -- Unizo, Sint-Niklaas (Belgium) .

2008 "Virtual worlds, a diary in colors" : paintings, pastels and sculptures in Galerie Deutz Art and Design, Sint-Niklaas (Belgium) --  "Verloren werelden" : Art Gallery De Cleene Houttuyn, Middelburg (Netherlands).

2007 "Vrouwendag : women and work" : installation on invitation of Gynaika and VOK in cultural centre Vooruit, Ghent (Belgium).

2006 "Feuilles uniques d'une vie" : La Galerie.be, Brussels (Belgium) --  "Volle leegten" : PostArt, Hulst (Netherlands)  --  "Brave new, old worlds" : Art Gallery Vercammen, Hamme (Belgium), under the direction of B. Vandenabeele  --"Psychological portraits" 's Landshuis, Hulst (Netherlands).

2005 Event "De maakbare mens" : University Ghent (Belgium), composition "create yourself".

2004 "Virtual worlds" : paintings, pastels and sculptures in Galerie Deutz Art and Design, Sint-Niklaas (Belgium).

2003 "Brave new, old worlds" : paintings, waterworks and sculptures in Galerie Deutz Art and Design, Sint-Niklaas (Belgium).

1998 Calligraphic Art, Stadsschouwburg, Sint-Niklaas (Belgium).

1995-96 "Liebe" calligraphy in Art Gallery AMD, Düsseldorf (Germany).

1994 Installation and exhibition in the Christuskirche, Othmarschen (Germany) : Parallels with the "Messiah" of G.F. Händel.

1992 Portrait exhibition with Förster Erben, Hamburg (Germany) ; Calligraphy Art – "Liebe" in Justizkanzlei Wessing Berenberg Gossler, Hamburg (Germany). Art Gallery "Im Elysee", Hambrug (Germany) : diary pages ;  "Liebe" : Art Gallery Forum, Hochschule für Musik und Theater, Hamburg (Germany) ; Guest exhibition at the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg (Germany) : "Parallels with Popea of Monteverdi" on the occasion of a performance in the hall of mirrors there.

1991 Galerie Dr. Meyer, Hamburg (Germany).

1988–89 Participant in Lineart, Ghent; with Art Gallery Dr. Maringer (Austria) ; Art Gallery Mercatore, Antwerp( Germany) ;  Art Gallery Lösekrug, Berlin (Germany) ;

Art Gallery Dr. Maringer, Sankt-Pölten (Austria).

Group exhibitions

2016  Carte de Visite/ Artopenkunst : Brussels (Belgium) -- Nature Eye to Eye : Brussels (Belgium) -- Experimental Saloon : Beveren ( Belgium) -- Poetry of the wilderness : Beveren ( Belgium)

2015 Carte de visite : Objecten and Lost Worlds : Brussel (Belgium) -- Experimenteel  Salon Objecten : Beveren ( Belgium) -- Worlds of remembrance : Beveren (Belgium) -- Lukasgezellen : Sint-Niklaas (Belgium) -- Air/Lucht Yearly exhibtion KWK : Sint-Niklaas (Belgium)

2014  Objecten : Sint-Niklaas( Belgium)  -- Noord-Zuid Objecten : Melsele (België)   -- Objecten : Beveren (België)

2013  Der weibliche blick :  Kunstverein  Isernhagen ( Germany) --  Volle leegten : AFSH , Rosmalen (Netherlands)  – Participation at  Art Lille, Rijsel (France) -- Participation  Art Laren, Laren (Netherlands ) -- Participation Art of the Proms, Nice (France )-- De Vier Elementen : Sint-Niklaas (Belgium)

2012 Virtual Worlds : Verni'cage  Antwerp ( Belgium) --  Objects : KPSK Beveren, (Belgium) -- Brave New Old Worlds,  Art Gent , Gent (Belgium) -- "One" Koninklijke Wase Kunstkring, Sint-Niklaas, (Belgium) -- Brave New Old Worlds,  Art Gent , Gent (Belgium) -- "One" Koninklijke Wase Kunstkring, Sint-Niklaas, (Belgium) -- Laureates Piet Staut Awards 2012 BEVEREN (Belgium)

2011  -- Filled emptyness at Art Gallery De Cleene Houttuyn, Middelburg, (Netherlands) -- 50 Ans 50 Artistes : Group Exhibition  Brussels, Belgium -- 5e Biennale d'art contemporain Mobil'Art : Group Exhibition  Liege (Belgium) -- Koninklike Piet Staut Kring : Huize De Rop Beveren ( Belgium) --  Selection for taking part in the 9th. festival international des arts plastiques in Monastir (Tunisia) on invitation of the organization : A museum for Monastir.

2010 "Between black and white" Koninklijke Wase Kunstkring, Sint-Niklaas, (Belgium) -- "Lof der Zotheid" Museum Sint-Niklaas, (Belgium) -- "300years old and still looking good" Sint-Pauls Cathedral, London, (United Kingdom). 

2009 "Oppositions" : La Galerie.be, Brussels, (Belgium) ; Taking part in the 7th. festival international des arts plastiques in Monastir (Tunisia) on invitation of the organization : A museum for Monastir.;  "Confrontation" : participation in group exhibition Koninklijke Wase Kunstkring, Sint-Niklaas (Belgium).

2008 Selection for taking part in the 6th. festival international des arts plastiques in Monastir (Tunisia) on invitation of the organization : A museum for Monastir ; Participation in group exhibition Koninklijke Wase Kunstkring, Museum Zwijgershoek, Sint-Niklaas (Belgium) ;  Galerie Croissant, Brussels (Belgium).

2007 La Galerie.be, Brussels (Belgium) : participation in group exhibition "Le 8ème Péché" ;  Participation in international symposium (Hannover, Germany) "Europa wächst, Kunst entsteht" ;  Galerie Deutz Art and Design, Sint-Niklaas (Belgium), presentation artist group "Unica6"

2006 La Galerie.be, Brussels (Belgium) : participation in the travelling communal exhibition "La boîte" ;  "Pas de deux" of Gabriëlla Cleuren & Jean-Pierre Hendrickx in the old cultural centre of Ohain (Belgium) ;  Participation in group exhibition Koninklijke Wase Kunstkring, "Gekoesterd", Sint-Niklaas (Belgium).               

2005 Participation in the Art Fair "Tour & Taxis" Brussels (Belgium)  ;  Participation in the exhibition Koninklijke Wase Kunstkring, Academy of Sint-Niklaas( Belgium) "Pas de deux".
2004 Participation in group exhibition Koninklijke Wase Kunstkring, Museum Zwijgershoek Sint-Niklaas ( Belgium). Participation in "Zwischenräume" with a large creation, together with German artists in Hittfeld Hamburg (Germany), under the direction of curator Dagmar Detlefsen;  Participation in "La Main" in La Galerie.be in Brussels (Belgium) together with Francophone artists.

2003 "Face à face" in La Galerie.be, Brussels (Belgium) together with 3 Francophone artists.

2002 Participation in the exhibition by the Koninklijke Wase Kunstkring, Museum Zwijgershoek Sint-Niklaas( Belgium) "diary pages" ; Participation in Art event in Antwerp (Belgium): Art Fair for Artists.

2001 Desastres de la guerra, Museum Zwijgershoek Sint-Niklaas(Belgium) : participation in exhibition Wase Kunstkring (the artist has in the meantime been accepted as a member of the Wase Kunstkring).

1997 Vernetzung. Visionen Künstlerische Zukunft, Hamburg (Germany) ;  Group exhibition Seevetaler Künstler in Bank (Kreissparkasse), Harburg (Germany).

1995-96 Travelling exhibition "Dialog II" by artists from 13 countries. Group exhibition Jubileum Lukasgezellen (Museum Sint-Niklaas).

1994 Travelling Group Exhibition "Kommunikation" organized by the "Harburger Anzeigen und Nachrichten" (D). "Moderne Kunst zum Kirchentag" in "Rathaus Harburg" (D). Group exhibition Seevetaler Künstler (D). An Art Fair following selection : Frauenmuseum Bonn (D).

1991 Group exhibitions with the Seevetaler Künstler and East-German artists in Hamburg and Rostock (D).

1983–89 Group exhibition Lukasgezellen Sint-Niklaas. Group exhibition Lukasgezellen Galerie Brabo, Antwerp.  

My vision on art

Today, painters do not work anymore according to nature – making sketches takes too long, so we have to be happy with photos. But then of course you run the risk of just making a copy of a photo. I encounter many on the internet, which technically can turn out pretty nice, but it is not art to me. It is rather métier. In art, the first step is interpretation, or a total transformation, meaning an indoctrination or transformation by the mind. During this process, unconscious elements creep into the work that give it its appeal and inner layeredness. Modern art, then, often works with images that are illustrations of a meaning that wishes to be expressed. This has been salonfähig for a while, but it does not do much for me. It is too cerebral for me. I experience it rather like a good find. Just a kick from momentary recognition and that’s all. Really creating a work is still a few steps further. And then controlling it, making it aesthetic and getting it across to the viewer is still a little bit more. I see parallels with film.

An artist can also work in a very puzzling manner, when he has created his own language and uses it to talk to his audience. It is a kind of alphabet that has to be mastered and learnt before the work can be deciphered in all its fullness to penetrate into the world of the other. The same goes for my virtual worlds. And that is not always possible. Everyone has his own unique projections from his own background or world. And in a work, there are so many threads under the surface, so many unconscious symbols that it allows something to escape from its being only for a captivated viewer, laying its layeredness bare. It is like language, not only are the spoken words of importance, but also the intonation and the unconscious body language.

That is why it is not always advisable to explain the work. For a viewer, it can mean another world, from his own background, and such understanding must be possible; it is richness in abundance and diversity.

© Gabriella Cleuren 2013

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