In 1992, I hosted an exhibition featuring my first Relics series in the atmospheric cellars of the Belfry in Aalst. These captivating artworks were crafted from hand-marbled paper, on which I employed airbrush and iridescent paints to achieve an antiquated appearance reminiscent of a bygone era or lost civilization, perfectly suited to the aged walls of the cellar.
My inspiration for this series drew from Eastern European Icon paintings and ancient manuscripts such as the Book of Kells, which utilize intricate details and shimmering gold accents to convey an ethereal quality. I aimed not to replicate these works, but to capture their mystical essence.
Fast forward 30 years to my second series, and I have adopted the acrylic pouring technique to create a stunning visual effect. I incorporate iridescent and gold paints to achieve a unique finish and construct the series in layers to add a dynamic 3D element. The handcrafted frames are an integral part of the artwork, with gold metal foil design elements enhancing the Art Glass interior.
Relics III was awarded Grand Prize in the Abstract/Experimental Art Challenge in International Artist Magazine in 2023. The honor includes a feature in the magazine and a four-page article in American Art Collector magazine, further cementing the significance of this series in the world of art.
Acrylic pouring technique.
Airbrush on hand-marbled paper and illustration board.