From 3 September to 10 October, Tim Van Laere Gallery presents the third solo exhibition of the Belgian artist Ben Sledsens (°1991, lives and works in Antwerp).
In recent years Ben Sledsens has made a blitz career in the visual arts. The young Antwerp artist was picked up by Tim Van Laere Gallery during his studies at the Royal Academy and received his first solo exhibition with the gallery in 2016. Since then, he has been embraced by the international art world.
Sledsens is known for his large-scale canvases in which he transforms daily life, literary figures, animal portraits and elements from (art) history into his own personal utopia. Sledsens continually reuses motifs, themes, objects and poses from his works. In this way he creates an intriguing puzzle of references and continues to build on his recognisable, coherent oeuvre.
Sledsens' works bear witness to an in-depth knowledge of art history. His palette of strong, vibrant colors, high technical qualities and simple visual language exist within a long tradition that refers to great masters such as Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Henri Rousseau and Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Nature and daily life are also important sources of inspiration for Sledsens. His large-scale canvases seem deceptively simple due to the naive visual language and very recognizable subjects, but behind this lies a strongly thought-out composition in which Sledsens brings a visual storyline into his work.
3 September - 10 October 2020
Tim Van Laere Gallery
Jos Smolderenstraat 50,