“Who are we? What are we? Where are we going?”. Man’s perennial questions are echoed in Hanneke Beaumont’s work. Many of her sculptures appear neither male nor female, neither young nor old. They do not appear to be portraits of particular individuals, nor are they modeled after idealized human forms. Their expressions are not aggressive or provocative, but neither are they resigned. Fragile but strong, motionless but ready to move, these figures seem to be in a weightless spatial equilibrium – their human character tied to a string of thought.
Hanneke Beaumont was born in 1947 in Maastricht, Netherlands. After studying in the U.S., she returned to Europe and settled in Belgium. Beaumont started her artistic studies at the École des Arts de Braine-l’Alleud. She then studied sculpture at the École Nationale Supérieure de La Cambre and at the Hogere Rijksschool voor Beeldende Kunsten in Anderlecht. She had her very first solo show in 1983. An important turn in her career occurred in 1994 when she was awarded the major award of the Centre International d’Art Contemporain Château Beychevelle for her sculpture group Le courage.
Hanneke Beaumont participates yearly in international art fairs and she has received various awards and distinctions. Her work can be found in several select private and public collections.