Laurens Legiers

'A Whimsy Odyssey'

PLUS-ONE Gallery announces the third solo exhibition by of the Belgian based artist at the Gallery.

Born in 1994 in Antwerp, Legiers already started drawing landscapes before enrolling at the Painting Department of Antwerp’s Fine Art Academy, where he finally was able to focus solely on his artistic work. While landscapes remained a constant fixture in his practice, his way of conveying them has developed progressively to arrive at the unique approach he now swears by in both his paintings and his drawings. […] A certain vastness is suggested by radical cut-outs and close-ups, which give the impression of being focused on a detail of something present in serial abundance. Legiers masters a remarkable sense for balance and contrast, always ensuring a hint of movement in his overtly stilled, static and composed images.

Legiers is in awe of nature and embraces it as his prime and sole subject matter to convey dreamy and escapist works. He wants to offer his spectator a respite from the hustle and bustle of contemporary life, a temporary place of refuge from which to drift off. It’s in this regard that Romanticism is also often cited as a crucial source of inspiration for him. The Romantics’ attempt to grasp the sublime whilst paradoxically fully embracing mankind’s humility in the light of nature’s grandness, is what drove late 18th century landscape painters to depict stormy seascapes, abundant forests, and dramatic skies. Taking into account the stylistic contrast with Legiers’ contained depiction of nature, one must also note the disparity between the serene detachment so apparent in his work, and the individualistic whirling emotionality from the Romantic era which stirred brushstrokes into passionate compositions - even if they were to manifest calmness and introverted contemplation.
No, what drives Legiers’ isn’t so much a relentless urge to manifest himself or a necessity for self-expression, as it is an insatiable desire to perfect his craft as an artist. Within this light, his entire oeuvre can be understood as one continuous body of work.

Excerpt out of a text by Evelyn Simons, for the publication ‘ECHOES OF THE UNSEEN’ (2024)

Laurens Legiers (b. 1994, Belgium) lives and works in Antwerp, Belgium. Recent exhibitions include ‘A Whimsy Odyssey’, PLUS-ONE Gallery (2024, solo), ‘If only’, Nicodim, New York (2023, solo); DISEMBODIED, Nicodim, New York (2023); Dusk till Dawn, PLUS- ONE Gallery, Antwerp (2022, solo); Walking, running, falling, L21 Gallery, Mallorca (2022); A Veil of Thoughts, Gallery Vacancy, Shanghai (2021, solo); Rewinding, Nino Mier Gallery, Los Angeles (2021); Nature Morte, The Hole, New York (2021); Soft Thoughts, PLUS-ONE Gallery, Antwerp (2020, solo);Universes 3, WOAW Gallery, Hong Kong (2020); Arcades, Base Alpha, Antwerp (2019).
Fair participations include Art Brussels (BE), Art Antwerp (BE), Enter Art Fair (Copenhagen, DK), Taipei Dangdai (TW), Felix Art Fair (Los Angeles, US), Art Shanghai (China), CAN Art Fair (Ibiza, ES) and Art Rotterdam (NL).

On February 18, during the finissage of the exhibition, we will launch and present a new book 'ECHOES OF THE UNSEEN' by Laurens Legiers which focuses on the works on paper. In collaboration with MER.Books & with the imprint of Borgerhoff & Lamberigts.

Artists: Laurens Legiers

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