Artist of the Week- Veere Depelchin
The subconscious can be seen as the gateway to the soul. When the conscious mind is taken out of the question we are left with a true picture of their heart. Born in Antwerp, the home of Baroque master Paul Peter Rubens, Belgian artist Veere Depelchin paints the world that exists in the back of the mind. Contemporary obsessions with duality and anxiety are reflected in work that grows and grows, changing before the audience’s eyes with each viewing.
The artist paints dreamy landscapes and entire worlds that look like oil settling on water. A reoccurring theme in the work is the mixture of danger and a quiet, reflective beauty. The viewer starts to imagine what could be there; figures, shadows and shapes becoming forms and taking on a new life. With each glance more is revealed. In some works heavy browns and bodily crimsons are lifted by the flashes of sapphire blues. The big issues of life and death are hinted at here, with the paintings becoming graphic responses to the actualities of life. When figures do appear they are strange, solitary, repressed beings, their loneliness illuminated against an angst-ridden background. The pictures avoid a feeling of gloom by being beautifully balanced and contained a subtle undercurrent of harmony, achieved through the complimentary colours and crafted symmetry.
Depelchin creates artwork which strives for a Dali-esque multiplicity of meaning, with every line loaded with different, often troubling, possibilities. A suspect forest encroaches on us and seeps into the corner of our minds, asking the question; just what is in the shadows that frighten us? In other works the mood is lighter; a figurative painting of an elephant is captured in a wonderfully charismatic way. Here the palette is lifted to form an easier atmosphere. So step into the world of Veere Depelchin, if you dare. A worthy recipient of our artist of the week.