Jan De Vliegher

Belgian painter Jan De Vliegher is known for his paintings in which colour and composition take precedent over subject matter. De Vliegher captures his subjects with vigorous brushwork working alla prima, wet paint on wet paint to achieve a sense of vitalized reality. The resulting effect is that his works appear to capture a moment in transition, a brief and fleeting moment in time.

Jan De Vliegher lives and works in Bruges, Belgium. The artist received his Master of Fine Arts degree at the Hoger Instituut voor Beeldende Kunsten Sint-Lucas Ghent, in Belgium, in 1986. He has exhibited extensively in New York and Europe including Knokke, Belgium; Venice, Italy; Stockholm, Sweden and Berlin, Germany and more recently in New Zealand.

The works of Jan De Vliegher are of a realistic nature and are situated in the figurative field. De Vliegher attaches no importance to the narrative or anecdotic aspect but is constantly searching for universal situations. Ordinary objects and events from his own environment are captured on film, compositionally reorganised and transformed into a painting image. The surprisingly strong colour gives each work a special visual attractiveness.

Jan De Vliegher’s paintings fit in with the pictorial tradition of the first impressionists such as Edgard Degas and Edouard Manet, who, in search of pictorial solutions, were also looking for the right incidence of light and a masterly suggestion of material. De Vliegher developed a particular handwriting, which is nonchalant and has an unfinished character that stirs our imagination. In his work Jan De Vliegher is continuously looking for remarkable visual experiences that he c

Jan De Vliegher (1964) lives and works in Bruges. He studied painting at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts (Ghent).... He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, including solo...
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Elke Helbig


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