"Shadow of light"
180 x 160 x 20 cm
Series of 15
Koen van den BROEK
A smaller version of an imaginary streetlight is taken indoors as a standing light. Poetry is in the shadow that
is cast from the object itself in spite of the light emitted, as if by magic. A very layered work since Koen van den Broek became known for his paintings of urban landscapes. Here the naked object was also used as
canvas by the artist.
Born in 1973 in Bree
Lives and works in Antwerp
His paintings examine our experience of landscape. The paintings combine sensual abstraction with precise figuration to create paintings of arresting, cinematic power.
Primarily derived from tightly composed, colourful photographs, his works often feature seemingly mundane architectural motifs, such as the kerb of a road, the grid on a sidewalk or the stop barriers of a parking lot.
Using his own photographs as a starting point, van den Broek evolves a clear, stripped down,
painterly language, using sober, neutral colours punctuated by the occasional instance of midnight blue,
blood red, bright orange or pitchy black.
Van den Broek's work invests our sense of looking with renewed energy, opening up to the viewer the experience of a small, overlooked corner of the world, or a sublime vista as if viewed from behind the
windscreen of a car.