KETELEER Gallery is very pleased to announce Voies de Têtes, the first solo exhibition of Fabien Mérelle in Belgium. Amongst a selection of drawings, two new sculptures will be shown, Tronconné in bronze and Merle, Mérelle, Faucon et Tourterelle in wood, which were made especially for the occasion. Fabien Mérelle (°1981, Fontenay-aux-Roses, France) graduated from the Beaux-Arts academy in Paris in 2006 and was the first foreign exchange student ever to be allowed to the Xi’an Academy of Fine Arts, China in 2005. Throughout his western education, Mérelle was encouraged to paint instead of draw, but in China he became submerged in an altogether different atmosphere where everyone appreciates drawing and considers it a noble art. This is where he discovered China’s rich heritage and perfected the use of various ink techniques. Averse to everything, he continued to defend his miniature drawings, not bigger than A4-sized paper sheets. His determination wins him the title of ‘the decadence of drawing’, which he takes as a great compliment. When Mérelle returned from China, he was granted another residence at the highly esteemed Casa Vélasquez, Madrid in 2009 and in 2010 he won the highest prize in the Canson Art School Awards where he was praised for his courage and willpower in daring to work as an independent draughtsman in defiance of all fashion trends.