An exploration of colors and forms
Influenced by the human condition and natural flow
Isabelle Van Brussel (1967), visual artist based in Ghent, Belgium
The sketches, doodles, collages are influenced by daily experiences, brief encounters and inner emotions. These illustrations capture on one hand, different levels of our existence and how they are intertwined. On the other hand, they offer a nuanced and abstract interpretation of ethereal, transient landscapes. A dynamic and organic representation of both worlds. Some of these sketches are later utilized for further exploration in her studio.
She is fascinated by how nature/human life transforms and tries to extend this regeneration into her own creativity. She compares the chemical process of painting with the complex landscape of the earth. The underlying organic interests her. Each color feeds on those it covers. Just as continuous changes take place below the surface of the earth, the colors and textures in her paintings also evolve through layering, chemical reactions from the materials on different carriers. Besides natural linen and wooden panels, she prefers to work on carriers that have been affected by the ravages of time such as old books, bookcovers, music scores, vinyl wall papers, registers, catalogues, barn wood, things with a story behind them.
The primary aim is to create paintings which exude a captivating force of energy and in how it will affect the viewer. Her art is an amalgamation of influences, from the Abstract Expressionists: Helen Frankenthaler, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko and Expressionists: Emile Nolde, Vincent Van Gogh, Henri Matisse, Egon Schiele even the old masters painting techniques - she tries to combine bold colors and movement as she explores the light in various special places around the world.
As an artist, she continuously seeks “a new visual language” and “new forms,” while maintaining a critical perspective on the transient nature of life. She feels the urge to sensitize people to protect the Earth.
Artworks in private collections: Belgium, France, The Netherlands, UK, The Channel Islands, Denmark, Canada & The US, Japan