Against dark backgrounds lit up by flashes of flamboyant colour, Jan Van Imschoot immerses us in 17th century Flemish bourgeois life, a gleaming world of luxury tableware, sophisticated dishes and precious silk tablecloths. But Van Imschoot’s paintings are unfailingly ambiguous: behind this enchanting-looking world lies another, more complex universe. Rooted both in representation and imagination, reality and fantasy, Van Imschoot’s work abounds in erotic, historical and religious motifs. As he explains, “paintings can present an innocent-looking world, but anyone familiar with the art of symbols and associations of shapes can project their own perceptions onto them at will.”
Born in 1963 in Ghent, Jan Van Imschoot has been living in France since 2013.
JAN VAN IMSCHOOT: LE BOUILLON DE ONZE HEURES
Exhibition Dates: until January 30, 2021
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