“De Keyser was born in 1930 in Deinze, Belgium, where he still lives and works, and attended the Academy of Fine Arts from 1963 to 1964.” To read more ‘artspeak’ about him, go to the link at the bottom of this post.
“For nearly fifty years, Raoul De Keyser has created subtly evocative paintings and works on paper which appear at once straightforward and cryptic, abstract and figurative.”
“Composed of basic but indefinable shapes and marks, his works often invoke spatial and figural illusions, though they remain elusive of any descriptive narrative.”
“Despite— or precisely because of—their sparse gesturing, De Keyser’s works convey a grandeur that inspires prolonged contemplation.”
“Their apparent simplicity belies a lengthy gestation period, which is guided largely by intuition, rather than by following a pre-existing plan.”