°1958, Aalst (Belgium)
Although he got a degree in Social Studies, early in his career Jef also studied ceramics and drawing at the Stedelijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten (Aalst, Belgium). He also taught himself to use the airbrush and became a successful airbrush and awarded automotive artist.
His professional airbrush skills soon led to a job at Trias illustration studio (Antwerp) in photo-retouching and realistic commercial illustration for the advertising and packaging industry.
In 1996 he left the studio to go freelance full time.
He became one of the main freelance artists for Disney Consumer Products and worked for the Disney Offices in Brussels, Paris and Frankfurt for many years.
Besides that he worked for international clients like Tupperware, Lotus Bakeries, Studio 100, Coca Cola, Donau Design, Frajodis, Mediamind,... just to name a few.
A portfolio of his wide range of commercial work can be viewed at www.aeronaut.be.
In 2018, Jef De Corte decided to return to his first love, painting in oil, and concentrate on a career in fine art. The sometimes hyper-realistic style in his oil paintings is also linked to his early years in commercial illustration, so he has come full circle...
His subjects are moments in time, objects of beauty and contemplation, encountered in everyday life.
Anything in ordinary life can become a source of inspiration. A reflection of a street light in a puddle after the rain ... the movement in the water of the river that resembles a person’s changing opinion ...
Jef is currently working on several series of paintings:
A series of paintings around the river De Schelde which flows behind his garden, and other inspiring locations. Some of the landscapes are invented and not based on actual locations.
Ripples and reflections in the water, forever changing fascinating mirrors of reality leading into philosophical contemplations.
A suddenly appearing reflection of a street light in a puddle after the rain became the start of a series of paintings around one of the most ordinary objects in our daily life. We know it is there and we rely on it for our safety, but we are not aware that such an industrial object also can have an intrinsic beauty if we are open to look at it.
WAVES AND SEASCAPES
The sea is like a living organism, sometimes very calm and other times in turmoil. The constant movement, the ebb and tide, the mesmerising play of light on the water... all these are an endless source of fascination and inspiration.
Waves#03 was awarded a full page feature in the October/November issue 135 of International Artist magazine for the "Seascapes, Rivers and Lake" challenge. Due to a change in ownership of the magazine the October/November issue has been suspended and the artwork will appear in the December/January issue.
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)
Visit ISCRAT website for information and register. (currently fully booked)
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
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.