For Belgian artist André van Schuylenbergh, born in 1952 in Aalst, the two major currents “figuration” and “abstraction”, which have split art into two contrary arrays since the second half of the 20th century, are not in fact such opposing attitudes that they cannot be reconciled. His energetic line guidance seems almost wild and his paintbrush dances excitedly above the canvas. His strong abstraction, despite the unambiguously recognizable heads, allows viewers merely to speculate as to the gender or origin of the subject. The viewer can still find himself over and over again in the work however, not so much in the shown forms, but rather in the mood emanating from them. The composition formed with few vigorous lines moves through his decisive colouring to a place of shared experience with the viewer. For each of his works, the impetus of lines, the extension of surfaces and the intense brightness of colours determine the picture’s “emotional temperature” anew.
André van Schuylenbergh lives and works in Aalst, Belgium.