Jan De Maesschalck

Belgium / °1958 / zeno-x.com
"Jan De Maesschalck’s paintings represent a sharp view on topical subjects and the news. However, his clear observation of current events is depicted within an atmosphere of muse and memory. As such, his work represents an impression of melancholy and mockery, yet both in a mild form. His subjects relate to an impression of intimacy and loneliness, but the mood is never harrowing or heavy. According to De Maesschalck, melancholy leads to beauty. The tone set in the depiction of schadowy interiors and forlorn women is relativising and even humorous. All works speak of a strong but indefinable desire. The paintings are tender riddles.
De Maesschalck’s metier reveals an extreme attention for detail. With technical precision, he prepares his paper and draws with paint. Utilising acrylic paint that dries immediately, De Maesschalck has to work fast. At the same time, the chosen method enables him to differentiate techniques and materials during the creative process. He is drawer and painter at once. Brushstrokes are visible, and hence his secure draughtsmanship contributes to the vibrant quality of the works.

In 1988 Jan De Maesschalck joined the weekly magazine HUMO as a draughtsman and subsequently worked for the newspapers De Standaard and De Tijd. For more than 10 years now he publishes on a weekly basis in De Morgen’s book supplement. He also draws for the new art magazine art. The paper and acryl were are put aside for a solo show at Zeno X Gallery 2007 with oil paintings on panel and canvas." http://www.zeno-x.com/artists/JDM/jan_de_maesschalck.html

[A] third solo exhibition of Jan De Maesschalck "brings together recent works that evince clear shifts in the artist’s approach in comparison with his earlier work. He remains faithful to painting with acrylic paint on paper, which allows him to work quickly and directly, yet the familiar scenes with literary references and quirky, subtle humour have..." http://www.artnews.org/zenox/?exi=44085&Jan_De_Maesschalck
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