Michaël Borremans   °1963   (BE)

Michaël Borremans (born 1963 in Geraardsbergen) is a Belgian painter and filmmaker who lives and works in Ghent. His painting technique draws on 18th-century art. The artist cites the Spanish court painter Diego Velázquez as an important influence. In recent years, he has been using photographs he has made himself or made-to-order sculptures as the basis for his paintings.
 
Borremans studied at the College of Arts and Sciences St. Lucas in Ghent, receiving his M.F.A. in 1996. Originally trained as a photographer, he turned his attention to drawing and painting in the mid-nineties. He uses old photographs of people and landscapes as inspiration for his work.
 
Until his break-through, he was a teacher at the Secondary Municipal Art Institute of Ghent. Another painter and colleague Jan Van Imschoot had seen and bought many pieces of his work when it was exhibited in his local pub in Kalken. He put him in touch with Jan Hoet, the founder of the S.M.A.K. (City Museum for Contemporary Art) in Ghent, Belgium. This led to an introduction to Frank Demaegd, owner of Zeno X Gallery in Antwerp, where he had his first major exhibition.
 
His films, paintings, and drawings overwhelm the viewer through the use of deceleration, precision and vortex. His seductive works contain timeless images of inner drive and external force, of the latent pressure involved in being human. Behind a veil of stylistic perfection, the artist simulates common rituals of interpretation and meaning. His intensely atmospheric images are puzzles involving political and psychological patterns of perceiving the world, which oscillate in a camouflaging, fragile way between inexorable realism and nebulous distance.
 
Although he has been trained as a graphic artist, he seldomly produces graphic works. 
In December 2018 Art Partout brings together a substantial body of graphical works by Michaël Borremans.