Artist of the Day / Raoul de Keyser / Deinze, Belgium

“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.”

http://www.davidzwirner.com/artists/raoul-de-keyser/selected-press

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About destructivetesting

I'm a self-taught artist who prefers to use found objects in ways that were never intended. I'm not interested in making 10 or 100 of the same object. This, of course, takes more time to make each piece. I also prefer a more minimalist look, where each part of a piece can be appreciated. I consider my clocks to be small sculptures with moving parts. And, my lamps to be small sculptures with light. My mirrors are reflective sculptures. DESTRUCTIVE TESTING means to push something to it's limits to understand it's structural performance or material behavior under different stresses. I interpret this in my artwork as using materials in different ways or combinations than they were designed to be used. I also just like the slightly ominous sound of the term...
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3 Responses to Artist of the Day / Raoul de Keyser / Deinze, Belgium

  1. Isabella Taylor says:

    INteresting work

  2. mobius faith says:

    These are FANTASTIC!!!!

  3. clinock says:

    I search longingly for the beauty of simplicity this artist has found…

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