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Belgische kunstenaar  Jan Burssens

Burssens Jan

Jan Burssens was a Belgian artist born in 1925 in Mechelen and died in 2002 in Merendree. He was a painter and graphic artist. Education at the Academy in Ghent, where he later became a teacher himself. Awards at the Jeune Peinture Belge in 1951 and 1954. Founding member of the Art Abstrait Group. Evolved from lyrical abstraction to figurative expressionism with a feeling for matter and rich in color. Painted many self-portraits. From the press "J.B. calls himself "the painter from the inside" and he proves that with his portraits. Far from the photographic, he portrays the essentials of the person portrayed. Through the representation of the face, the straight look and the facial features applied with moved brush strokes, he comes to the essence and captures the depth and spirit of the person portrayed" and "Driven by the urge to deepen, the figurative alibis blur to signs and charges. Human and animal figures speak a pictorial language full of horror, tornness and tenderness, monsters with soft sentences, armored and unapproachable parapets around a vulnerable heart." Work in the Museums in Brussels, Kortrijk, Ghent, Ostend. Mentioned in BAS I and Two Centuries of Signatures of Belgian Artists. (PIRON)