1955 - 2016
Born in Kortrijk (BE).
The Belgian painter Joris Ghekiere (1955-2016) makes eye-catching work that is rife with ambiguity. He is inspired by the beauty he finds in his own photographs or in images taken from the Internet. His lyrical and eclectic approach seeks to blend various styles and techniques, combining figurative images and abstract motifs. He paints still lives of plants and trees, futuristic landscapes, masked characters, a glittering disco ball, tile motifs, a dead dog, and countless portraits of young women – often seen from behind – always with a remarkable hairdo, pose or facial expression. Ghekiere is fascinated by stereotypical beauty that seems literally too good to be true, and that, as such, provokes the emergence of melancholy and a sense of impermanence. The beauty of the image is called into question through the techniques the artist uses: colours blending together, so-called "Photoshopped" negative images, a strange shadow or an uncomfortable angle. As a result, his oeuvre, like that of several Belgian painters of his generation, belongs to the image-questioning contemporary painting: the medium is used to question the image, both visually and in terms of content.
Text: Hans Willemse
Translations: Michael Meert
Items View all
Francky Cane , Joris Ghekiere, Ever Meulen , Dirk Vander Eecken, Joseph Willaert, De Finale, 1993. Invitation Card, print on paper, 29,5 x 20 cm.
Happeners opnieuw verenig...
Joris Ghekiere, Panamarenko, Dr. Hugo Heyrman, Wout Vercammen, Diana Van Strijdonck, Happeners opnieuw verenigd - Ontbijt op de Groenplaats, 1987. Happening.
Events View all
The collection XXXII – Pe...
07 December 2012 - 21 April 2013.
2013 was the ‘year of the collection’. Two large exhibitions and an extensive book put the contents of the M HKA collection on the map and po
Sanguine/Bloedrood. Luc T...
01 June 2018 - 16 September 2018.
During the cultural city festival Antwerp Baroque 2018. Rubens inspires, Luc Tuymans confronts the genius of Baroque masters with the vision
Ensembles View all
Collectie Vlaamse Gemeens...
The M HKA holds works on permanent loan that were acquired with the budget of the Vlaamse Commissie voor Beeldende Kunst (Flemish Visual Art
Happenings & Collages
Panamarenko’s career started in the 1960s as the inspirer of several happenings, playful street performances that he orchestrated in the cent