Overview

Contemporary, Modern Art and Old Masters

Auction 176 - 26 september 2020

Contemporary, Modern Art and Old Masters Lot 540

Walter Swennen (Belgium / 1946)
Sept chiens (Seven dogs)(2003/2004)

 

€ 40 000 - 50 000

Literature
"Walter Swennen, So Far So Good" Raphaël Pirenne & Dirk Snauwaert eds., Wiels, Brussels 2014, exhibition cat. nr. 400 reprod.




Thinking with paint

Seven floating dogs in various colors and textures fill a bright blue background like a colorful mosaic. Different blocks and strips build the whole. In doing so, Swennen does not model or apply shadow. This is what a painting is in essence to him: a surface on which surfaces have been applied.

For Swennen, painting is not just about the result, but also about the process. He uses paint to think about what a painting can be. Each canvas is an exercise, a field where the artist thinks and acts simultaneously. Due to the great stylistic diversity, his oeuvre lacks a fixed "style". Swennen believes that the search for style is one for routine. Hence, his aversion to habit is the main reason he doesn't make series. His oeuvre is a great flux of images that evoke the painter's vision. It is about what surrounds him, without falling into metaphors, anecdotes or stories. He strongly believes in the autonomy of the painting. The primary purpose of painting is simply "to paint", without having to be "emotional" or "understood". His art is not a window. It is free, unattached and often humorous. As an ‘unclassifiable painter' he is therefore more of an outsider within Belgian painting, one that invites you to look at his art unprejudiced and with open eyes.

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