Lives in Antwerpen (BE), born in Turnhout (BE).
Nel Aerts (°1987) lives and works in Antwerp. She makes drawings, paintings and collages, in a playful and colourful style, in which diverging traces can be recognised from a rich tradition in the art of painting. She uses an abstract play of lines, which is penetrated in a radical manner by Cubist figures, round forms or even surfaces of colour. Her work is never artificial or far-fetched; these are direct pictures, sometimes figurative, containing a simple, innocent pictorial language that breathes a large degree of freedom.
Nel Aerts paints without complexes, almost like a spontaneous experiment, for extracting as much individuality as possible from her paint and imagination. With her brushes, she almost carelessly creates impressions of kings, pub visitors, slender female bodies or decorative wallpaper. However busy or cut up they may sometimes be, her scenes always radiate a certain peace, like a picture from a movie that is momentarily put on hold and is then fixed as a stubbornly strong Gestalt. The same is true for her drawings. She can turn the word "nothing" into something on the canvas.
Her self-portraits, on the other hand, have both a cartoonish and a tragic quality. She poses uneasily in our own small world, even if we do not know what is pose and what is real. In a recent work she uses more and more textiles, with which he makes collages that allow her to replace the classic texture of oil on canvas with a new medium.
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The Servant Serves
Nel Aerts, The Servant Serves, 2019. Multiple, 3d printed pitcher, individually hand painted, folded on welded steel.
Goodbye Old Paint
Nel Aerts, Goodbye Old Paint, 2009. Video, video, super 8mm film transfer to hd, 00:02:27.
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Show me yours & I'll show...
19 February 2016 - 29 May 2016.
The M HKA wants to offer an ‘open house’ to artists. They can use the museum not only to exhibit their work, but also to foster an interactiv
EXTRA MUROS: Geel – Middl...
15 September 2018 - 04 November 2018.
Exhibition project Middle Gate II – The Story of Dymphna is a cooperation between M HKA, the Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp, and cultural
Lipstick and Gas Masks – ...
13 February 2021 - 18 April 2021.
A presentation with works by Nel Aerts, Els Dietvorst, Bendt Eyckermans, Maika Garnica, Mashid Mohadjerin, Nadia Naveau, Otobong Nkanga, Imge
Let's Play Museum
10 June 2023 - 17 September 2023.
Come and play at the M HKA this summer. Dangle on Kati Heck's swing, or play a game of bowling on Dialogist-Kantor's bowling alley. If you wa
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SPIRITUALITEIT | SPIRITUA...
Dymphna is interwoven with Christianity, from her secret baptism by her confessor and confidant Gerebernus, to the care for the poor and need
The City Collection / De ...
The city of Antwerp started in 2021 with the development of a city collection of contemporary art. The artworks will be given on long-term lo