The paintings of Michiel Ceulers (Belgium, °1986) investigate the medium of paint. If his uncompromising and diverse paintings are hard to grasp at first, they reveal themselves to be very precise and sharply handled on second and third inspection. The small, rather dirty works of the artist reference different historical styles. The smudged marks, thumb prints, ripped and badly stretched canvases are integral to Michiel Ceulers’ work. He is not interested in beautiful or representational pictures; his works simply analyse shapes in colour, brushstrokes and light. Once the paintings have left the confines of his studio they cease to be in a constant state of flux, and finally become.
His works have been exhibited at Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens (Deurle), Bozar (Brussels), Rijksacademie (Amsterdam), Bonnefanten Museum (Roermond), Masereelcentrum (Kasterlee), KASK (Gent), Gemeentemuseum (Den Haag), Kunstmuseum Stuttgart (Stuttgart) and MUSAC (León).
His work is represented by Nicodim Gallery (Los Angeles) and Nogueras Blanchard (Madrid).
Education & Residencies
2010-2011 Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunsten / Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2007 Master of Fine arts, KASK Ghent, Belgium
2004 Bachelor in Painting, KASK Ghent, Belgium
2014 ISCP, New York, United States
2010 ‘ARTSCHOOL UK’ Cell project space, London, United Kingdom