Michiel Ceulers, ‘TERMINAL (TOM HANKS)’, 2014, TWO x TWO

estimated retail value: $7,000

Belgian artist Michiel Ceulers explores the process of painting by questioning its principles and abandoning the traditional do’s and dont’s. His unconventional investigation of paint, color, and light is manifested in dirty marks, pressing wet paintings onto wet paintings, and cutting older works and re-attaching them, all combined with traditional application techniques and materials.

Belgian artist Michiel Ceulers explores the process of painting by questioning its principles and abandoning the traditional do’s and dont’s. His unconventional investigation of paint, color, and light is manifested in dirty marks, pressing wet paintings onto wet paintings, and cutting older works and re-attaching them, all combined with traditional application techniques and materials. Here, Ceulers roughly stretches the blue and black canvas to a frame, on which he rhythmically collages fragments of blotted rectangular canvas. The final work is a powerful abstraction full of attitude and prowess. Ceulers lives and works in Berlin. He has had exhibitions at Le Routier, Ghent; Barbara Seiler, Zurich; Bonnefanten Roermond; Schou Ort, Zurich; Gemeentemuseum Den Haag; and Kunstmuseum Stuttgart.

gallery website: www.nathaliekarg.com

About Michiel Ceulers

Michiel Ceulers’s process-oriented abstract paintings are known for bearing evidence of their mistreatment in the artist’s studio, where he routinely stacks paintings against one another before they are fully dry. Often tearing, taping, sanding, and puncturing his canvases, Ceulers’s works feature imperfect geometric shapes and patterns, a playful engagement with art historical styles. “For the Love Birds” (2010) series, Ceulers affixed two paintings side by side, mismatched in size and color, evoking the randomness of human encounters.

Belgian, b. 1986, Waregem, Belgium, based in Ghent, Belgium and Berlin, Germany

Solo Shows

2012
Ana Cristea Gallery, 
New York,
MICHIEL CEULERS - Des malentendus et le temps perdu

Group Shows

2011
Ana Cristea Gallery, 
New York,
Accidental Thoughts and Metaphors