Rutger Brandt Gallery, Amsterdam
Belgian painter Jan de Vliegher (b. 1964, Bruges) is known for his paintings in which colour and composition take precedent over subject matter. De Vliegher captures his subjects with vigorous brushwork, working alla prima (wet paint on wet paint) to achieve a sense of vitalized reality. The resulting effect is that his works appear to capture a moment in transition, a brief and fleeting point in time. De Vliegher lives and works in Bruges. He received his Masters of Fine Arts from the Hoger Instituut voor Beeldende Kunsten Sint-Lucas (Ghent) in 1986. He has exhibited extensively in New York and Europe, including Venice, Stockholm, Berlin, throughout Belgium, and recently in New Zealand.
“Content in painting means more to me than a good political, social, or moral story, or whatever kind of meaning/storytelling. It is something poetical and emotional, pure painterly, a free way of painting, a celebration of live. My approach to painting has a formal element as well. I look at paintings in terms of colour, form, and composition. I like to compose, to create order by means of different compsitional styles.”