Christian Van Haesendonck
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 administration based in 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 situation, are based on his art practice as side-activity during other occupations, using a drawing technique of immediate notation and a universally shared language, common to everyone.
Van Haesendonck pursued his interest in a multifaced artistic practice where he combines image curation, creative publishing, curating of exhibitions as inclusive platform for thinking and acting with students, exemplary in his preoccupation with art education. Simultaneously he continues to focus on his drawings, remaining so long as possible in the predisposition of creation, not without 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: http://www.exhibitionsinternational.org/create_more.asp?isbn=OKV_2015_02&searchResult=1 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).