In his paintings, Arne Reynaert examines personal and sensitive positions people adopt naturally towards each other, in relation to their environment and themselves. The figures seem somehow or other to be lost in the present, in the indefinable moment between a (the) past and a (the) future. His work represents captivity in the present which, scientifically, does not even exist. And like time is (Einstein), the possible stories are no less relative to the spectator.
Transparency, transformation and missing bits in the figures could make us remember the disorder of matter we are born and have grown from; sometimes, drippings refer to the fact that we - or at least our bodies - will one day dissolve back to it.
Because the artist detests the gimmick, none of the above is a rule: in some of the recent works, the depicted people are the landscape, or the manipulated canvas becomes the landscape, or the people are simply missing (or missed by the spectator, to be correct).
On top, or underneath, the artist questions, philosophically, seemingly ordinary concepts which are part of our daily consciousness, a consciousness that is limited by the resolution of our senses, the capacity of our brain, the limited understanding of our environment and our instinct driven behaviour. One often finds his reflections in scribblings directly in the painting, in writings hitched on or near by the paintings, and in titles.
Besides his philosophical approach, Arne Reynaert longs for a purge in his painting(s). He is obsessed by the poetical essence of the image. He is influenced, or let’s say confirmed and challenged, by living contemporary painters.
Combined or single, the paintings become small installations and transcend reality in to an unspeakable dimension.
For Arne Reynaert, (the) painting is THE pre-eminently metaphor for consciousness, for life, for relations. Even though most of his paintings are figurative, he doesn’t want to tell us a story. The paintings remain objects that find their right and reason to exist in the spectator. Existence seems to be the concept he is dealing with.
Arne Reynaert lives and works in Leuven, Belgium, as an independent artist.
He studied painting at the academy of Leuven and graphic arts at the high school for fine arts Sint-Lukas Brussels (great distinction). Most of his work is in private and public collections.