Michaël De Clercq

Michaël De Clercq draws inspiration from everyday objects, recurring or vivid dreams, experiences and memories from the past.

He likes to create scenes. These take different forms in a constant search for balance. They communicate with themselves, with others and with their environment. They often float, other times they are subjected to fierce gravity, fall or lean against each other to ultimately result in a faded reality, an alternative memory.

Michael works directly from his memory as much as possible, often prepares sketches and tries not to look too much at additional existing images. In this way he obtains a stilled version of his first impression or memory that becomes intertwined with his thoughts of the moment during the painting process.

His first solo exhibition ‘My eyes got diverted again’ is built around this theme. The title refers to those moments when your attention is diverted from the center of attention to what you did not notice at first. Those sudden moments, thoughts or objects that unexpectedly demand your attention. A total of 11 medium-sized oil paint canvases, two smaller canvases and six drawings are shown.

Michaël De Clercq was born in Antwerp, in 1981, and obtained his ‘Master in Painting’ at the KASK in Antwerp. He lives and works in Antwerp.







‘Lean and Agile’, 2021, oil on linen, 90 x 70cm



‘Curious’, 2021, oil on linen, 90 x 70cm



‘Many Faces’, 2021, oil on linen, 100 x 120cm




‘The Cave’, 2020, oil on linen, 160 x 200cm



‘Of Course I Still Love You’, 2020, oil on linen, 210 x 130cm


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‘This is what she does’, 2019, oil on canvas, 100 x 120cm



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‘Relaxing stroll after day at the beach’, 2019, oil on canvas, 130 x 150 cm


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‘No questions asked’, 2019, oil on canvas, 100 x 120 cm



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‘Re-encountering in the streets of Paris’, 2019, oil on canvas, 120 x 150 cm

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‘Common Time’, 2019, oil on canvas, 120 x 150 cm

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‘Semi-reclining man in suit at beach’, 2019, oil on canvas, 100 x 120 cm




‘Night with tomato, bread, flowers’, 2019, oil on canvas, 100 x 120 cm


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‘The event horizon’, 2019, oil on canvas, 120 x 100 cm



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‘Dancing on the pina colada’, 2018, oil on canvas, 100 x 120 cm



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‘Blue carpet’, 2018, oil on canvas, 100 x 120 cm



view of the exhibition




view of the exhibitiion



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‘Sketch Model #3’, 2018, ink on paper, 30 x 40 cm, framed

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‘Sketch Model #1’, 2018, ink on paper, 30 x 40 cm, framed




View of the exhibition




2019 /
“My eyes got diverted again’ solo exhibition at Kusseneers Gallery, Brussels

2018 /
“The Human Condition”, duo show with Tom Poelmans, Kusseneers Gallery, Brussels
“The Spring Art Salon”, L’Ancienne Nonciature, Rue des Sablons 7, Brussels

2017 /
Group expo, “You don’t need an app to experience the real thing”, Kusseneers Gallery, Brussels
Group expo, Kunst/Werk #4, Galerie Schoots + Van Duyse, Plein Public, Antwerp

2015 /
“Provoking the unreal”, SMK31, St-Michielskaai 31, Antwerpen
Nema Tog Podruma 5: Gramme Vrijdag, F44(sic), Borgerhout
“Oh Dear”, SMK31, St-Michielskaai, Antwerpen
“Bamaan, maanis, chamaan, komaan”, factor 44, Borgerhout
“A belgian politician”, marion de canniere art space, Antwerpen
“The walk of giants”, SMK31, St-Michielskaai 31, Antwerpen

2014 /
“Nema Tog Podruma 4”: Papa Bingo, F44(sic), Borgerhout
“Magma crowded”, St-Michielskaai 31, Antwerpen
“Nema Tog Podruma 3”: F44(sic), Borgerhout

2013 /
“Time To Pretend”, Diestsestraat 253, Leuven,
“Magma 5”, St-Michielskaai 31, Antwerpen
“Magma 4”, St-Michielskaai 31, Antwerpen

2012 /
“Magma 3”, Hardenvoort, Antwerpen
“Magma 2”, Hardenvoort, Antwerpen

2011 /
“Magma 1”, Hardenvoort, Antwerpen

2009 /
Prijs voor Schilderkunst Burgemeester Camille Huysmans, Antwerpen (selected)

2008 /
Gaverprijs, CC De schakel,Waregem (selected)
Expo Cartoon’s – Cinema, Antwerpen
Expo, Campus Drie Eiken,Wilrijk

2007 /
Horlait-Dapsens Foundations (laureaat)