KETELEER GALLERY is proud to present the first solo exhibition of Belgian artist Antoine Roegiers in the gallery. Antoine Roegiers’ characteristic technique of the past few years was inspired by the classic Old Masters: Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens, Pieter Breughel, Hieronymus Bosch and Guido Reni. Roegiers sees them as his artistic fathers and lets himself be guided by the works of his deceased mentors. He takes details from the grand but at times grandiose paintings of Rubens and reformulates them into new, autonomous compositions which seem to be in full movement, as we can see in Le Baiser. The spectator is literally forced to focus his gaze onto the frozen image amidst all that movement. He purposely leaves the edges blurred to direct all the attention to one particular detail or situation. It’s like a clair-obscur reminiscent of the baroque artists who applied this technique to ‘lighten up’ the part that stirs the imagination the most. Contemporary painting in the 21st century allows for this transformation of well-known paintings from a bygone era in accordance with a new and contemporary vision and thus for a new generation. In this exhibition, Tentations, Antoine Roegiers shows paintings from this theme, made between 2014 and 2017. Because he was born in Belgium, but lives and works in Paris, this exhibition feels like coming home to him. Not just in the land were he was born, but also in the city of his greatest inspiration, Rubens: Antwerp. To be able to bring this exhibition in the Year of the Baroque with the subheading Rubens Inspires, completes the whole story. In addition to this series of paintings, Roegiers shows 7 drawings from the Paysage Vides (après Breughel) together with video installations of the drawings (Collection Foundation Louis-Vuitton Paris).
Artists: Antoine Roegiers