Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Name: Mathieu Weemaels
Bio: Mathieu Weemaels was born in Brussels in 1967. His mother is a violinist and his father Jacques an architect and painter. He received his art education at ENSAV (École nationale supérieure des arts visuels) La Cambre, Brussels (Dessins - Drawing) and at the Institut St Luc (Bande Dessinée – Comics Strips).
(In 1969, comics creator Eddy Paape, who had worked since 20 years for the two leading Belgian comics magazines Spirou and Tintin, started a course in comics, with the support of Hergé, Tintin’s creator, and an alumnus of the Institut. It was the first of its kind in Belgium, and was soon developed into a full Bachelor course. Eddy Paape was followed by Claude Renard in 1976. The course soon become a well-known breeding ground for new Belgian talent. From 1975 on, they produced the magazine Le 9ème rêve (The 9th Dream, a reference to the commonly used description in Belgium and France of comics as the 9th Art). Later teachers include alumnus François Schuiten. Between 1984 and 2006, 286 students received a B.A. in Comics.)
Mathieu Weemaels began showing in small exhibitions called parcours d’artistes, which throw open artists’ studios to potential clients. His intimate work soon attracted attention, leading to high profile collectors and exhibitions abroad. There is a fascinating glimpse of this artist in an interview with Margot Schulzke in the February 2007 issue (no. 48) of the Pastel Journal.
Media: Pastel. (He makes his own pastels.)
Subjects: Figurative, Still Life.
Style: Representational. This is a very original artist.
Navigation: The website is in French. The home page can also be accessed by http://users.skynet.be/fc491914/ and his paintings are to be found on http://users.skynet.be/fc491914/index2.html. If you back space to the .be bit of the URL it turns into http://selfcare.belgacom.net/private-internetnew-usage-domain-create-default-en.html (Just for the webpage developers.)
Two of the three links on the Pastels manufacturing page don't work.
Gallery: Les Oeuvres – Artworks. This leads to four sub-galleries, Nus (Nudes) two pages, the first oils and pastels, the second pastels only; Coins d’atelier (literally “corners of the studio”); Deformations (mostly self-portraits, reflected from pots and utensils – oil and pastel); Paysages (Landscapes, pastel and oil).
Image View: Thumbnails enlarge in a new page; data is attached; you can progress serially through the enlargements or return to the gallery. Downloads are possible. I chose Interior with dried flowers as it typifies his approach both to nude and still life paintings. The original is 80 cm square, the jpeg 478x500, 110 KB.