The new series ‘Plates II’ follows the previous series of large-scale paintings of porcelain
plates. De Vliegher has been working on this theme for several years: the light in the porcelain
and the drawing on the porcelain become detached and form abstract compositions.
The works of Jan De Vliegher have a realistic character and are located in the figurative field.
The Vliegher does not adhere to the narrative or the anecdote, but is searching for universal
situations. He is no history painter, he tells no stories, he does not engage in politics, has no
message, unless one which is purely painterly. He should be regarded as an abstract painter,
although he paints the reality on the basis of photographs.
From the countless photographic recordings he chooses a limited number of images that are
carefully crafted with the computer. Composition, form, color and perspective are manipulated
and modified in preparation of the painting. In his paintings, De Vliegher is looking for the magic
moment where figuration ends and abstraction begins, that instant when the realistic illusion
ends and the subject changes into paint.
Jan De Vliegher paints light. The light which reflects until it separates from the object and
almost forms abstract compositions. What stands out again and again in his work is the joy of
Jan De Vliegher (1964) lives and works in Bruges. He studied painting at the Higher Institute
for Fine Arts (Ghent). In 1998 he debuted solo in the exhibition space of the Association for the
Museum of Contemporary Art in Ghent (BE). He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally,
including solo and group exhibitions in the US (New York), Europe (Brussels, Venice,
Stockholm, Berlin, …) and New Zealand (Auckland).
His work has been exhibited many times at art fairs like Art Brussels, Art Cologne, Art Paris,
Art Toronto, Art Fair Tokio, Art Chicago and Art Palm Beach amongst others. Works by Jan De
Vliegher are included in collections at the Flemish Parliament Brussels (Belgium), Museum
of Modern Art Ostend (Belgium), High Museum of Art Atlanta (USA) and Musée Ariana Geneva
(Switzerland) amongst others.