BERNARD VILLERS | Art Antwerp 2023

Irène Laub Gallery is delighted to present a solo show by Belgian artist Bernard Villers

 

Born in 1939 in Brussels, Bernard Villers is a major figure of Belgian abstraction. He studied monumental painting at La Cambre with Paul Delvaux and Jo Delahaut, then silkscreen printing at l’Ecole des Arts et Métiers in Brussels, before becoming a teacher himself at La Cambre. His presence in the Belgian art scene since the seventies has been very influential and he developed a cohesive, thought-provoking and playful body of work. He created his own publishing house in 1975, Edition du Remorqueur, through which he publishes his artist’s books.
His artworks are present in the collections of FRAC Bretagne, Rennes (FR), FRAC Bourgogne, Dijon (FR), Bibliothèque Nationale de France, Paris (FR), Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels (BE), Centre de la Gravure, La Louvière (BE), Fondation Gordon Matta-Clark, Antwerp (BE), Collection FWB, Brussels (BE), Musée d’Ixelles, Brussels (BE), Musée royal de Mariemont, Morlanwelz (BE), Serralves, Porto (PT), Werserburg Museum, Bremen (DE), among others.

 


 

Bernard Villers’ practice questions the relationship between surface, light and colour, creating never-ending combinations and unexpected effects through the interaction between those essential elements. His gestures, brought by a decades-long process of experimentation in the studio, are simple and clearly visible, everything is shown with complete openness. The Belgian painter seeks his inspiration in banal, marginal and imperceptible aspects of everyday experience to create chromatic interventions often inspired by language, poetry or literature. His sensitive and sometimes mischievous approach to painting produced several seminal series that are at the same time linked to the contemporaneous Support/Surfaces research and precursor to future experimentations.

Papiers gommés

1979
61,5 x 43,4 cm (65 x 47 framed)
Lead hammered on paper
Unique
4.000 €
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    Papiers gommés

    1979
    61,5 x 43,4 cm (65 x 47 framed)
    Lead hammered on paper
    Unique
    4.000 €
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      Poutre peinte

      1991
      234 x 50 x 7,5 cm
      Paint on canvas and wood
      Unique
      6.000 €
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        Italie

        1992
        131,5 x 38,5 cm
        Acrylic on wooden chairs seats
        Unique
        7.000 €
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          3 jaunes

          1990
          25 x 85 cm
          Tempera on wood
          Unique
          4.500 €
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            Something

            2022
            86,7 x 66,8 x 3 cm (framed)
            Ink and tape on paper
            Unique
            5.000 €
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              2 jaunes, 1 violet, 1 bleu

              1991
              184 x 45,5 cm
              Acrylic on wooden chairs seats
              Unique
              8.000 €
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                Jaune

                1993
                121 x 58 cm
                Acrylic on canvas mounted on wood
                Unique
                7.000 €
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                  Light & colour

                  2011
                  92 x 92 x 10 cm
                  Tempera and acrylic on wood
                  Unique
                  6.000 €
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                    Light & colour

                    2011
                    92 x 92 x 10 cm
                    Tempera and acrylic on wood
                    Unique
                    6.000 €
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                      Light & colour

                      2011
                      92 x 92 x 10 cm
                      Tempera and acrylic on wood
                      Unique
                      6.000 €
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