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Paul van Hoeydonck Belgische kunstenaar, schilder

Van Hoeydonck Paul

Paul Van Hoeydonck is a Belgian artist born in Antwerp in 1925. He is a painter, graphic artist and sculptor. Took evening courses drawing at the Academy in Antwerp (1941) and worked, around 1950, in the drawing studio of Jos Hendrickx. Learned the engraving techniques under Dirk Baksteen and also received advice and support from Jack Godderis. Also took courses in history, evolution and meaning of art at the Institute of Art History and Archeology in Brussels, but would then largely go his own way as a self-taught, searching and feeling painter. Was influenced by the Flemish surrealism and pop art. He is mainly inspired by ordinary, everyday reality: faces or body parts of mannequins. After a period of figurative, abstract and monochrome painting, he develops a passion for space travel. On August 2, 1971, the Apollo 15 crew placed their small aluminum stylized figurine, the Fallen Astronaut, on the moon. In 1960 he made his first white-painted reliefs, which symbolized the vastness of the cosmos. Driven by a belief in technology and science, he assembled numerous cybernetic people, robots and astronauts. Sometimes he expresses the idea of ​​failure by constructing his figures from electronic parts and chromed iron plates, which are assembled chaotically. Some works, like his Icarus figures, have mythical associations. Co-founder of G58-Hessenhuis and Vision in Motion. Work among others in the Museums in Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, Ostend. Mentioned in Bas II and Two Centuries Signatures of Belgian Artists.