Solo show with new and recent work by Belgian artist Tom Liekens. Tom Liekens (°1977, Bonheiden, Belgium) makes quirky work with a very own visual language. In his monumental paintings and collages he refers to nature in its artificial form as we know it from zoo’s and natural his
Tom Liekens (°1977, Bonheiden, Belgium) makes quirky work with a very own visual language and holds a very unique position within the art world. In his monumental paintings and collages we often see nature in her artificial form as we know it, for example, from zoo’s and natural history museums. Or from the way in which landscapes and animals were presented throughout art history, in fairy tales or in movies. The artist lives and works in Antwerp. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 1999. He participated in numerous exhibitions in Belgium and abroad, won the Camille Huysmans Prize for Painting (2006) and was nominated for the Art Price of the Province of Antwerp (2005). His work is included in numerous private and public collections, such as the M HKA, Belfius, National Bank Belgium, Artesis Antwerp University, Antwerp University, Antwerp Art Collection and Museum of Bommel-Van Dam Venlo. The exhibition at Light Cube Art Gallery starts with a large painting ‘Fôret de Fontainebleau’, named after the immense forest half an hour's drive from Paris which between 1830 and 1850 was a huge attraction spot for a number of plein-air painters in search of direct contact with the virgin nature, away from the city and the academism. The new works of the artist take place in a prehistoric era when dinosaurs were the ruler of the world. The images are inspired by the 19th century concept of dinosaurs whose fossilized sceletons were attributed to Biblical monsters from the period of the deluge. Also the stop-motion dino’s from early Hollywood movies such as ‘1 million Years BC’, ‘The Land that Time forgot’ or ‘King Kong’ served as the starting point for the bold series of paintings full of action and drama.