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Belgische kunstenaar  Yvan Theys

Theys Yvan

Yvan Theys was a Belgian artist who was born in Marke in 1936 and who died in 2005. He was a painter, draftsman, graphic artist and sculptor. Education at Sint-Lucas in Tournai, where he had contact with Dodeigne, among others. Became a teacher there in 1959. After an abstract initial period, he soon sought his inspiration from the great masters of art history, Van Eyck, Rubens, Picasso, Fauvism, Expressionism. Was also influenced by the Cobra. From 1962 his work contributed to the emergence of the New Figuration in Flanders. Prize of Rome in 1964. The great freedom and the unstyled nature of his work put him in a marginal position. From 1970 he acquired a more international reputation with his typical man-woman relationship as the main human theme. Vibrant color contrasts in unadulterated paint and an increasingly strict line design realize the expressive power of his works. From the press: 'Formally he translates his imaginary world with characters, a kind of doll figures, in a contemporary setting, left to their impulses and passions. The caricatural faces of the figures, especially aroused by large, elongated eyes, create a tragic atmosphere. Especially fear, tensions are central to the man-woman relationship that Y.T. us," and "Hard colors and soft shapes, soft curves and angular patterns are part of the force field in which Y.T. juggles with contradictions: lightnings traverse a space in black velvet. Snakes pierce the air of a salon.' (F. De Vree, 1993) as a sculptor, designer of expressionist wooden sculptures that were painted afterwards. Work in the Museums in Ostend, Kortrijk. Mentioned in the Lexicon of West Flemish visual artists i, in BAS I and Two centuries of signatures of Belgian artists. (piron)
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