About the Artists
Peter Depelchin grew up at the Western Flemish sea side, in a flat land battered by the cold Northern wind and the sea spume but saturated by ancient masterpieces. There lies the cradle of his mentality, art and work.
Depelchin’s artistic practice is articulated in two main steps: first, a research phase, for which he develops an amount of studies and small writings. Mostly, these preliminary exercises result in a series of sketches. In a second movement, after having studied his subject at length, he starts drawing, printmaking, sculpting, filming or creating installations. The initial sketches are always put to use either as a stable point of departure for later artwork, or as autonomous artworks in their own right. Notwithstanding his interest and experience with a variety of media, drawing makes up the core of his artistic practice. The materials he uses to develop large-scale allegoric drawings are pen, Chinese ink, bistre and tissue paper. This combination justly evokes visionary images with both Oriental and Occidental cultural influences. Likewise does his grip on several ancient printmaking techniques such as woodcut and intaglio.
The manner in which he constructs his artistic universe depends strongly on an intense observation followed by a personal interpretation. Moreover he succeeds to embed this interpretation into a sole of universality. In fact, his goal is to create a new imagery containing a symbiosis of art history and topicality. To this end he explores beauty, its possibilities and the power originating from an image when reversing beauty or toying with the significance of artistic subjects, themes, archetypes and symbols: de-contextualization and neo-contextualization. As the recycled images are part of our enormous visual culture, a re-use or a reversal of their meaning has a strong effect on the spectator. He wants to break open the collective cross-cultural consciousness, starting from the concept of the ‘human identity’. He searches for the ‘human being’ and the ‘being human’ exploring humanity. Finally he accomplishes step by step a new universal imagery that draws from the past and reflects on the present.
Peter Depelchin has been active on the international art scene, with residencies in the Netherlands (Stichting IK, Vlissingen, 2008-2009), in Italy (Academia Belgica, Rome, 2014-2015) and in the United States (Residency Unlimited, New York, 2016), exhibitions in Rome (Fondazione MAXXI), Brussels (het Kasteel van Gaas- beek) and London (Young Masters). In early spring of this year he had a solo-intervention at Offspace gal- lery (NYC, US) and participated in the group show ‘Afterimage’ at inCube arts space in New York. Recently Peter was selected as laureate for the prestigious biennial Belgian art prize ‘Grote Prijs Ernest Albert’ that had its focus on contemporary drawing (Mechelen, Belgium). Past fall he participated in the group show ‘Outside In’ in SOHO (NYC, US) and was invited to have a solo show at the Light Cube Art Gallery (Ronse, BE).