In 1992, I had an exhibition with my first Relics series in the cellars of the Belfry in Aalst. These artworks were made of hand-marbled paper, on which I worked with airbrush and iridescent paints.
These paintings were done on hand-marbled paper and were made to look old, like remnants from a distant age or lost civilisation, a perfect match for the old cellar walls.
I was also inspired by the Eastern European Icon paintings and old manuscripts like the Book Of Kells, with their use of gold and intricate details.
My intention was never to copy these but to capture the mystic quality they radiate.
For my second series, 30 years later, I am using the acrylic pouring technique. I am also using iridescent and gold paints to create a special effect. In addition, the second series is built in layers to create a 3D effect.
In 2023, Relics III was the Grand Prize winner in the Abstract/Experimental Art Challenge in International Artist Magazine. This will be awarded with an appearance in the magazine, along with a 4 page article in American Art Collector magazine.
Acrylic pouring technique.
Airbrush on hand-marbled paper