HISTORY AND VISION
°1958, Aalst (Belgium)
With a lifelong career in illustration, graphic design, and commissioned artwork, I have a diverse range of experience across multiple fields. From licensed artwork to hyper-realistic illustrations, packaging to consumer product design, stationery to billboards and theater backgrounds, I have worked with clients such as The Walt Disney Company, Studio 100, Lotus Bakeries, and Tupperware, among others. A comprehensive portfolio of my commercial work can be viewed at www.aeronaut.be.
While I have enjoyed bringing other people's ideas to life, I have also decided to focus on realizing my own artistic dreams. My passion for realistic art, particularly painting and drawing landscapes and portraits, has driven me to create work that is often described as "photographic." However, my goal is not merely to achieve hyperrealism or replicate a photograph. Instead, I strive to infuse my own artistic vision into each piece, layer by layer, until it takes on a life of its own. I see each artwork as a journey, one that may have unexpected twists and turns but ultimately leads to a unique and satisfying conclusion.
Some have remarked on the patience required for my kind of work, but for me, the joy of creation, solving artistic problems, overcoming technical challenges, and watching my vision come to life on the canvas is more than worth the effort. I believe that the journey itself is just as important as the destination, and I hope to invite viewers to embark on their own journeys as they explore my art.
My work has been recognized by and featured in International Artist Magazine, a testament to the quality and impact of my creations.
As an art teacher at ISCRAT, I have the privilege of imparting drawing and painting techniques to small groups at De Gouden Pluim in Nevele. I find great joy in sharing my experience with others, and it is my passion to inspire and guide my students towards their creative potential. For further details regarding my workshops, please refer to the dedicated section of this website.
Workshop Acylic Pouring, June 17, at De Gouden Pluim, Ter Mote 5, Nevele (B)
Workshop Landscape Painting with Limited Palette, May 27, at De Gouden Pluim, Ter Mote 5, Nevele (B)
Workshop Soft Pastel Basics for landscape, April 22, at De Gouden Pluim, Ter Mote 5, Nevele (B)
Solo exhibition at culture cafe De Kleine Notelaar, Vlassenbroek - January - April
Solo exhibition at culture cafe 't Veken, Wichelen - Januari - May
Retrospective Exhibition at gallery 't Hof te Puttens, Lede (B), July 9 - September 18
Workshop Landscape Painting with Limited Palette, May 21, at De Gouden Pluim, Ter Mote 5, Nevele (B)
Workshop Portrait Drawing in Charcoal, November 27, at De Gouden Pluim, Ter Mote 5, Nevele (B)
Group Exhibition KIDMIE (Kunst in Dialoog met Industrie) in the abandoned VELBA factory in Schellebelle (B), 11-12, 18-19, 25-26 September. I painted the Abandoned Places series based on photos I shot on location especially for this show.
Masterclass "Magische Landschappen schilderen in acryl" for ISCRAT at De Gouden Pluim in Nevele (B)
Workshop Charcoal Drawing, September 12, at De Gouden Pluim, Ter Mote 5, Nevele (B)
Sociaal Huis, Wichelen (B), Solo exhibition - until January 31, 2020
Sociaal Huis, Wichelen (B), Solo exhibition - December 7 - January 31, 2020
CC ’t Ankerpunt Serskamp (B), May 31 - June 9, group exhibition
"Dreams Are Buried Here", World War I commemorative group exhibition - April 25-27
Screening of the movie by Scaldis, based on the 5 part music composition "Dreams Are Buried Here" by Jef De Corte, in collaboration with Achim Wierschem (Germany) and Robin Thomas Quin (UK/USA).
Kapel Bruinbeke, Serskamp (B)
Open Studio & Exhibition, March 23
City Hall Wichelen (B), may-june, Retrospective Solo Exhibition
Open Studio & Exhibition - February 5
2002 - present
Freelance illustrator & designer at Aeronaut bvba, Wichelen (B) - www.aeronaut.be
Commercial and licensed artwork (The Walt Disney Company, Tupperware, Studio 100, Lotus Bakeries, …)
Belfortcrypte, Aalst (B), December, “Relics” - Solo Exhibition
Hyperrealistic commercial illustration & photo retouching at Studio Trias, Antwerp (B)
Winner of Silver Airbrush Award, 5th Crazy Car & Motor Show, Kortrijk (B)
4th Crazy Car & Motor Show, Kortrijk (B)
1985 - 1994
Automotive airbrush artist
"Grand Prize Winner of Abstract/Experimental art challenge.
Two page article in International Artist Magazine issue 150 - April/May 2023, page 8-9.
One page article on my studio in International Artist Magazine issue 145 - June/July 2022, page 119.
Chestnut Tree - Bijlokehof, Ghent
Awarded and featured in International Artist magazine issue 140 - August/September 2021
Waves #03 - "Dancing, In The Light Of The Sun"
Awarded and featured in International Artist magazine issue 136 - December/January 2020-2021
Het Laatste Nieuws, December 19, 2019 - Didier Verbaere
"WIE IS WIE? - Een greep uit het creatieve talent van Wichelen."
Cultuurdienst Wichelen, 2011
Design Museum Gent, 2005 - Stichting Kunstboek
CHROOM & VLAMMEN MAGAZINE, Vol. 10, August 1991
Jef De Corte: “aeronaut” van de 20ste eeuw.