Visual artist Manu Baeyens works in a variety of disciplines such as painting, drawing, and mixed media. His installation ‘If life turns / It’s pretty in pink / I am earth / I am everything’ and other works were acquired by the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum. His brightly coloured paintings, with playful titles steering the viewer’s interpretation, have a deceptively cheerful atmosphere, featuring strange and exotic creatures. For more than ten years Baeyens has used only black, white and grey, building a hermetic world; since 2005, Baeyens’ work has become larger and more colourful, using a wide variety of found materials, drawing inspiration from contemporary and primitive art, and from music and sounds. By sewing, hammering, stitching and tearing his material, and by releasing his fantasy into his art work, Baeyens aims to capture life’s primordial power. His creativity and the world surrounding him act like a mutual source of energy. Baeyens describes his method as “a physical journey in which I try to keep the balance between knowledge and intuition.”

Written by Sarah van Vliet

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ANDRé VERROKEN (1939-2020)

Verroken grew up in the Flemish Ardennes in Flanders (Belgium) where he, like his father, was trained as a furniture maker. After an education at Sint-Lucas School of Architecture he becomes an interior architect and furniture designer. In 1967-1968 he teaches Interior Architecture at the Imelda Institute in Brussels. In 1968 he expanded his career as an interior architect from his home and office in Schaerbeek. In 1969 he designs seating furniture for Spectrum in the Netherlands and meets the Dutch designer Martin Visser whom he will call his first great teacher. In the same year he also befriended the constructivist painter Marcel-Henri Verdren. In 1983 he moves to Ghent and starts making visual work as a derivative of his furniture designs. In 1983/1984 he became one of the founders and managing director of the Association of Flemish Designers (VVVO). In 1985 he befriends the Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillida to whom he will dedicate a table and furniture design, which in turn will result (in 2007) in a partly posthumous double exhibition Chillida-Verroken. Eventually he moves to Maarkedal where he converts a small warehouse into a design studio and further focuses on designing furniture and visual work. In 2002 he received the Henry van de Velde Prize for Career from the then Flemish Institute for Independent Entrepreneurship (VIZO). In 2016, the municipal council of Maarkedal created a "Special Prize André Verroken" in the context of Z +, a competition for designers, awarded once in 2017.

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New arrivals at the gallery as from Saturday November 23th such as works from Jo Delahaut, Amédée Cortier, Bram Bogart, Philippe Vandenberg, Wout Hoeboer, Jean Dubois, Victor Noël, Edgar Neyt and others.
We mainly sell, buy or exchange Belgian abstract art. We are also able to help you with mediation, free estimation and/or advice.

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Edgar Neyt was a painter and is the author of the book 'Pictorial Serialism'.

He exhibited between ca. 1955 and the early 70s with a.o. 'Het Antenneke' and the 'Plus-Kern'. He had individual exhibitions at 'Galerie Van Eyck' and 'Kaleidoscope'. In 1969, he met François Morellet with whom he exhibited at the 'Waumans' gallery in Sint-Niklaas.

Amédée Cortier, who initially gave him technical support, became a friend of the family until his death in 1976.

The art critic Jaak Fontier had work by Edgar Neyt in his collection.

Due to a disinterest in the commercial side of artistic life, he withdrew from the art world in the early 70s. However, he remained active until his death.

Edgar Neyt was a self-taught man and had a great sense of languages, mathematics and physics. He wrote his computer programs himself and was well-read in astronomy.

He played the piano and his preference for contemporary atonal music brought him in contact with the composers Emmanuel Van Weerst (1932) and Lucien Goethals (1931). He also showed great interest in the compositions of Pierre Boulez because they are serially structured just like many of his paintings.

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