Rinus Van de Velde Belgium, b. 1983

Overview

Rinus Van de Velde explores the clear yet obscure definition of ‘reality’ and ‘fiction’, and moreover their intriguing relation. His practice is an outcome of his persistent investigation of those concepts, and narratives constructed by adaptations of them. A critical factor which distinguishes fiction and nonfiction depends on whether an incident actually occurs or not. At this point, another dilemma appears; when an event identical to a certain fiction happens, it can belong to the realm of nonfiction only when there is a witness who watches or records it. Thus, fiction, reality and considerable potential of their loose boundary are the key word to understand Van de Velde’s artistic practice. Through the last solo exhibition at Gallery Baton, Van de Velde mainly unveils his new series of small-sized colored pencil drawings. Although the colorful images which are rarely found in his previous works maintain the layout of his black charcoal paintings, they are reminiscent of trivial events or static landscapes by Edward Hopper due to their relatively small scale. His charcoal paintings pay homage to conventional materials, whereas color drawings remind us of contemporary digital formats such as Instagram, since they have the wider color spectrum and relatively elevated visibility.

Works
  • Rinus Van de Velde, Blue spheres, yellow rods and red star shapes flashed into an abstract masterpiece. , 2021
    Blue spheres, yellow rods and red star shapes flashed into an abstract masterpiece. , 2021
  • Rinus Van de Velde, Self portrait as a football analyst, 2020
    Self portrait as a football analyst, 2020
  • Rinus Van de Velde, The artist monographs..., 2020
  • Rinus Van de Velde, The negotiation, 2020
    The negotiation, 2020
  • Rinus Van de Velde, This can be an option…, 2020
    This can be an option…, 2020
  • Rinus Van de Velde, Why am I still here..., 2020
  • Rinus Van de Velde, Half an hour..., 2019
  • Rinus Van de Velde, Here is so much more to see,…, 2019
  • Rinus Van de Velde, Meet me after work..., 2019
    Meet me after work..., 2019
  • Rinus Van de Velde, Please, come back next Wednesday, 2019
    Please, come back next Wednesday, 2019
  • Rinus Van de Velde, The whole room was covered with M&M’s., 2019
    The whole room was covered with M&M’s., 2019
  • Rinus Van de Velde, During these daily strolls..., 2018
    During these daily strolls..., 2018
  • Rinus Van de Velde, Most of the time during the day..., 2018
    Most of the time during the day..., 2018
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