De Vree Albert
Albert De Vree is a Belgian artist who was born in 1942 in Lillo Antwerp. From the age of 16 he follows a higher secondary cycle of drawing and art history at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Despite the bizarre trends in contemporary art, Albert De Vree stubbornly believes that a thorough professional knowledge of "old-fashioned technique" is still the basis of any work of art. As a graphic artist he gets his teeth into the etching technique and knows how to use it in a very refined way for his landscape themes. In a relatively short time, this unsophisticated and strong-willed artist grew into a remarkable figure in Belgian graphics. His works have therefore been purchased by various municipalities, by collectors at home and abroad and by the Municipal Print Room of Antwerp. He also applies a covering method in his watercolors, which is closely related to the etching technique. They reflect a clear love for the landscape and each exude the atmosphere that initially struck the artist. In order to escape the limitations of the flat canvas, paper or copper, Albert De Vree moves with equal success on the three-dimensional plane. Bronze and terracotta prove to be a rewarding material and give him a broadening impulse to continue his classical way. The work of this versatile craftsman does not require any brain damage from his spectators. On the contrary, he makes them look at the simplicity of things, so that they may be touched by their beauty. This is also the silent force that the artist's works exert on his spectators (René Turkry (AICA)).