Wouter van de Koot 1978

Lives in Antwerpen. Works in Antwerpen.

Human figures, seemingly engrossed in ritual acts, occupy the paintings and drawings of Wouter van de Koot (°1978). Their actions seem to be mundane at times, but they clearly possess a dark and mysterious side, as they might be possessed themselves. This feeling of mystery is enhanced by the frequent use of negative space, in which the invisible might be even more important than the depicted. Luring you in with their vibrant colours and subtle technique, the works will slowly reveal an uncomfortable undercurrent of lust, obsession, need. And then a visual game of hide and seek evolves, which leaves no one without dirty hands…or minds. The images which Wouter van de Koot evokes are rooted in personal experiences, fears and fantasies which he connects with (art)historical theme’s and characters through physical re-enactments. All actions pivot around the strength and fragility of the human body, with a strong fascination for the games of power and trust to which no one is a stranger.

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This is "Wouter Van De Koot" by Stijn De Ryck


Van de Koot test de grenzen van de kunst van het weglaten. En merkt dat hij steeds meer kan met steeds minder. - Het parool, 29-09-17 -
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Education 2016-2018 Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp, MA Painting (B) 1997-2001 HKU University of the Arts, BA Visual Art/ Painting, Utrecht (NL) Exhibitions Solo Exhibitions 2019 Of Flesh and Stone | Gallery Vriend van Bavink | Amsterdam (NL) 2018 New Romantics | Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp | Antwerp (B) 2017 Offering | This Art Fair, Gallery Vriend van Bavink | Amsterdam (NL) Where goes the night | Gallery Vriend van Bavink | Amsterdam (NL) 2014 Into the Hills then | Closed Gallery | Antwerp (B) 2011 The Switch | Ponyhof Gallery | Antwerp (B) 2010 White Lies | Oever 21, artist initiative | Antwerp (B) 2008 OBJECT | Atelier 5 | Bonn (D) 2007 Trust | Galerie S&S | Antwerp (B) 2005 Breath | Odeon theatre| Zwolle (NL) Select Group Exhibitions: 2018 To Be Antwerp 2018 | Marc Lauwers A Living Gallery & Kavka | Antwerpen (B) Showcase | Galerie Van Der Planken | Antwerpen (B) 6 voor 6 | Gallery Vriend van Bavink, Loods 6 | Amsterdam (NL) Wondrous Pearls | Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp | curated by Spank Moons 2017 The Drawing Hub silent auction | The Drawing Hub | Berlin (D) | curated by Jan Philipp Fruehsorge WATT arts festival, Pink TV | The MAS museum | Antwerp (B) | curated by Dawid Wojtalewicz The Lost Posters exhibition | CC De Steiger | Meenen (B) | with: Christine Clincx, Louis de Cordier, Daniel Johnston, Maryam Najd, Joris Van de Moortel, Wouter van de Koot, Anke Verret… | curated by Lee Ranaldo & Jan Van Woensel SAP | Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp | Antwerp (B) 2016 Underground School of Contemporary Art | Mercado Post Office | Antwerp (B) curated by Jan van Woensel & Mynd Belgium Performance Festival III | VUB | Brussels (B) | curated by Stefan Wouters Setting the Scene | F44 (sic) | Antwerp (B) | organised by Wouter van de Koot 2015 Summer Salon | Lubomirov/Angus-Hughes Gallery | London (GB) Let Grass Roots Grow | A-side B-side gallery | London (GB) curated by Ronan Bowes 2014 (In)Visible, The Shape Open Exhibition | Shape Gallery | London (GB) A Comfortable Man | Wilton’s Music Hall | London (GB) | curated by MC Llamas 2013 Aquachrome | Manifest Gallery | Cincinnati (USA) 2012 Bhart #01 | Drukkerij D | Antwerp (B) Beauty of an Ugly Truth | Gallery Vriend van Bavink | Amsterdam (NL) curated by Gianni Hilgemann (Berlinartprojects) Truc Troc 8th| Bozar, Palace of Fine Arts | Brussels (B) 2011 Pop Secret | Atelier Solarshop | Antwerp (B) | curated by Liv Vaisberg (Ponyhof Gallery) PAINT! | de Stadsgalerij | Amersfoort (NL) | curated by John Konijn Truc Troc 7th| Bozar, Palace of Fine Arts | Brussels (B) 2010 Riffling Through My Drawers | WEI Art Space | Eindhoven (NL) 2009 Die Zeit of Drawing | Climate Gallery | Long Island, New York (US) HIWAAR Expo 2060 | Site specific installations in Antwerp (B) | curated by Erik van In 2008 International Prize Hoppeland for Painting 2008 | Poperinge (B 2007 Royal Dutch Painting Prize 2007 | Gemeentemuseum | The Hague (NL) 2004 Young Talent Award | GAU | Utrecht (NL). 2001 The Live Room | Centraal Museum Utrecht | curated by Klaas Hoek Awards / Nominations 2018 Winner of the Prize of Buggenhout, Artaward Pieter Vanneste for drawing and printmaking | Buggenhout (B) 2007 Nominated for the Dutch Royal Painting Prize 2007 (NL) 2001 Young Talent Award 2001 | PKU, Utrecht Publications / Press 2018 Jan Stassijns | interview about ‘To Be Antwerp’ in Gazet van Antwerpen, 27/11/2018 Kunstzone magazine | centerfold publication of my work | no. 02 March 2018 2017 Edo Dijksterhuis | ‘De kunst van het weglaten’ | exhibition review in Het Parool, 29/09/2017 **** 2014 Catalogue ‘A Comfortable Man’| Cathal Smyth & MC Llamas, London. 2013 Karen Chambers | Aquachrome: Contemporary Watercolor | exhibition review on AEQAI , 24/11/2013 2012 INDA 6 (International Drawing Annual) | Manifest Gallery & Drawing Center, Cincinnati | USA. 2011 Ignasi Centelles | The Polymorphic Dreams of Wouter van de Koot | article on Mutantinvasion, online magazine, 13/10/2011 Liv Vaisberg | Painted images and Photography: When painting relies on digital Media (III) | article on Ponyhoffreshpaint blog, 06/09/2011 'WEI 2009-2010’| publication by cultural initiative WEI.nu | Eindhoven Liv Vaisberg,’ Portraying Absence’ | article on Ponyhoffreshpaint blog,10/03/2011 2010 Rob Schonen, ‘Pittig met balpen, maf in potlood ’| exhibition review in Eindhovens Dagblad, 09/04/2010 2009 Catalogue ‘Die Zeit of Drawing’| Climate Gallery, New York Pand 14| article in Het Parool | 10/10/2009