Christian Van Haesendonck

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Untitled, 2015 Gouache On Paper 50 X 35 Cm © courtesy of the artist
Double Portrait, 2015 Carbon On Paper © Christian Van Haesendonck
Double Portrait and unfinished double Portrait, 2015, exhibition view Galerie EL 2016 Oil On Canvas On Panel © Christian Van Haesendonck
Discontinued drawing on a meeting folder with partially folded cover, drawing 2011, photography 2012 Poster By Frank J.M.A. Castelyns, Photo By Hans Theys 31 X 22 Cm © Christian Van Haesendonck
Discontinued drawing in meeting folders with partially folded cover, 2011 Drawing Variable © courtesy of the artist
Small hierarchic but free community, exhibited in galerie EL, and Eva Steynen.Deviations © courtesy of the artist
Quick Facts

After completing his studies of bachelor and master in cultural history, Van Haesendonck earned his living by both teaching modern art history in the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp and civil servants activity in the flemish arts council Brussels. These undoubtedly left their traces in his visual work, which he developed from the mid-1980s onwards. His series of 'discontinued drawings' and 'folders', to be adapted on the basis of the situation, are based on his art practice as side-activity during other occupations, using as well a drawing technique of immediate notation as a universally shared language and collective memory, common to everyone. A subtile sense of humor; often balancing on the edge of the cut between representation and abstract. 

Comments on the works of Van Haesendonck: see:  Hans Theys, art. 'Christian Van Haesendonck', in: special number 'Tekenen vandaag', in: OKV (Openbaar Kunstbezit Vlaanderen) 2015, nr. 2:  and in: H. Theys, 'Focus. Een blik op 100 kunstenaars', edited by Snoeck Publishers, Gent, 2012 (dutch).

More texts by: Anne-Marie Poels, Annie Reniers, Marc Ruyters, Hans Theys and Gustaaf Vander Biest; interviews by Thomas Abelshausen, Annik Klaes, Eva Steynen, Hans Theys (dutch); and Joëlle Busca, Caroline Lamarche and J.A. Gil (french).


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