Stijn Bastianen: Everybody is Late for Therapy

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Open: Wed-Fri noon-5pm

13 Mason’s Yard, SW1Y 6BU, London, UK
Open: Wed-Fri noon-5pm


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Stijn Bastianen: Everybody is Late for Therapy

to Fri 6 May 2022

Artist: Stijn Bastianen

13 Mason’s Yard, SW1Y 6BU Stijn Bastianen: Everybody is Late for Therapy

Wed-Fri noon-5pm


Jack Bell Gallery presents a solo show of paintings by Stijn Bastianen. This is the artist’s first exhibition in the UK.

Artworks

The painter at sea, 2022

Oil paint, acrylic and paint marker on canvas
130 x 170 cm; 51 1/8 x 66 7/8 in

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Everybody is late for therapy, 2022

Oil paint, acrylic and paint marker on canvas
100 x 80 cm; 39 3/8 x 31 1/2 in

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Before and after, 2022

Oil paint, acrylic and paint marker on canvas
60 x 50 cm; 23 5/8 x 19 3/4 in

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The sleeping painter, 2021

Oil paint, acrylic and paint marker on canvas
130 x 160 cm; 51 1/8 x 63 in

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Lost and found, 2021

Oil paint, acrylic and paint marker on canvas
90 x 70 cm; 35 3/8 x 27 1/2 in

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The hidden truckdriver, 2022

Oil paint, acrylic and paint marker on canvas
50 x 40 cm; 19 3/4 x 15 3/4 in

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The waitertree, 2021

Oil paint, acrylic and paint marker on canvas
30 x 24 cm; 11 3/4 x 9 7/8 in

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‘The story’ is difficult to fathom rationally. It often arises from chance or by unknowingly bringing together images and signs. ‘The world is a theatre’: the set pieces slide over each other until the content reluctantly reveals itself. This content can vary from humour to sarcasm, from irony to poetry, with a hint of social criticism on top. Stijn Bastianen likes to repaint: the pictorial richness underlines the complexity of ‘the story’.

How do we rhyme things together? Of course there is a cartoon approach. Besides, concepts such as ‘deformation’ and ‘expression’ remain closely linked. Stijn Bastianen understands like no other the dilemma between spontaneity and control. In this process, individual images are clearly identified and technically skilled. The end result is therefore a fascinating, interpretable world, which we must experience with astonishment. Because don’t we seem to be wandering around in a contemporary ‘Praise of Foolishness’?

– Stijn Bastianen

Bastianen was born 1987 in Antwerp, Belgium.

Courtesy of the artist and Jack Bell Gallery, London


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