Contact: Denis De Gloire - Stormestraat 92 – 8790 Waregem – Belgium
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In 1959, Denis De Gloire was born. He was surrounded by pots of paint pretty much ever since he saw the light of day, only not the kind of paint-pots that surround him now.
His father Aloïs was a house painter and his mother Georgette owned a paint- and wallpaper store in a modest house in the Molenstraat (Mill street) in Waregem, in West Flandres. At back there was “het kot” (the den) which was his father’s workshop. That was the place where his father kept all his brushes, pigments, gold leaf and linseed oil for work.. Off limits for the young Denis who could only dream of this forbidden paradise.
One day his father got annoyed about something he read in the newspaper. It concerned Jackson Pollock’s works of art being sold for millions of dollars, works of art he considered as mere paint splashes on canvas. From that day onwards Denis promised himself he would achieve the same thing one day.
When he was seventeen he traveled by train from Leopoldsburg, where he was quartered, to the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam to go admire the paintings of Karel Appel in real life. Paintings that ended up inspiring his own works later on.
“I will never forget the strength and the energy that exuded from those works of art” said Denis of the experience.
At present Denis De Gloire has plunged into the world of Jackson Pollock, Sam Francis, Franz Kline,Yves Klein, Engelbert Van Anderlecht,Robert Motherwell, Louis Morris and other fellow artists who animate him. And it is this compilation of experiences throughout his life and his admiration for his idols that led him to his personal abstract signature.
Short and sweet, Color constructor is the only true name for this Belgian artist who is making his way to the ‘contemporary arts’ section in galleries and art collector
Text by Hugo BrutinDenis De Gloire
For over 10 years, Denis De Gloire, wandering about in his atelier in Waregem, Belgium, has been working on an impressive hommage to Jackson Pollock who was born on the 28th of January 1912 in Cody (Wyoming) and who passed away in New York in 1956.
After such a long period and passion for his subject, it seems De Gloire has become the incarnation of Pollock, holding and moving his paint palette, sharing and feeling the same shades of color of the man who most inspires him. Pollock’s spirit – but also Franz Kline, Yves Klein, Engelbert van Anderlecht, Robert Motherwell, Louis Morris and Mel Ramos – roams through his chambers of creativity in the form of canvases, merging as a crowd, refering to those outbursts that marked many in the past. Remarkable for his fascinating démarche and for his statement:
“I am not an artist. I make paintings.”
An understatement that helps us in a way to understand what made this man continue his ferocious and continuous explosion of strikes on the canvas, incited by Pollock, without copying the past but simply continuing the manifestation of it.
The first layer of the paintings defines the color palette and a kind of colorful radiation which molds the environment in a way that results from strokes of paint, a web braided with texture, flashes of silver and color reactions protruding and vanishing over and over again.
Due to the celebration of Pollock’s 100th anniversary, this most impressive hommage will be brought to you in the historical rooms of the Belfry of Bruges – an exposition that will burn its way onto your retina.