Bart Baele

Confirming over the years an intense pictorial expression, painting and drawing give to Bart Baele a very wide emotional reach. Invoking his personal pantheon – Antonin Artaud, Edvard Munch, Vincent Van Gogh, James Ensor, Niko Pirosmani - Bart Baele evokes them as loud incantations, accentuating the tension between satire and drama, pamphlet and fable, that runs through his fascinating work. Reworked over months, even years, Bart Baele summons his inner torments and transcribes them as the most sensitive seismographer would do. These quotations amplify an emotional charge from which the viewer cannot escape. The theatricality of existence takes on its full dimension here. For it is indeed the theatre of life, whose main actors, coming from the artist’s life are often represented by the animal genre, which can take the form of birds (good and innocent) or wolfs (evil). And if these animals are far from the personifications of La Fontaine, here they symbolize as much human suffering as hypocrisy, and also and especially the hope that Bart Baele seems to hold in humanity.

Untitled

Untitled

Selfportrait with wings

Selfportrait with wings

Blut

Blut

Guernica

Guernica

The coin

The coin

The corner

The corner

L'incompris génie

L'incompris génie

zonder titel

zonder titel

Selfportait

Selfportait

Voor Fauve

Voor Fauve

Selfportrait

Selfportrait

Richard

Richard

Selfportrait

Selfportrait

Ogoloo Onoeogoroo, oil on wood, 35 x 46

Ogoloo Onoeogoroo, oil on wood, 35 x 46

zonder titel

zonder titel

Les fumeurs

Les fumeurs

De symetrische list

De symetrische list

Isolate me

Isolate me

Ruanda Esthetica

Ruanda Esthetica

Torture préventif

Torture préventif

The legacy

The legacy

Aa

Aa

Donald (Lascaux)

Donald (Lascaux)


Mechelsesteenweg 120
2018 Antwerpen

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