Koen van den Broek Belgium, b. 1973

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Koen van den Broek has developed his own unique sense of abstraction with distinctive oil paintings of the modern urban landscape. He researches the geometric architectural structures found in suburban areas: street signs, parking lots, pavement grids, asphalt cracks, shadows, interchanges, piers and road markings. His paintings create new exotic effects far different from the original photos that he took by himself, particularly in his use of sweeping diagonal lines of vivid primary colors that arbitrarily intersect empty lowly-saturated backgrounds.

He has built a particular visual language based upon the observation of building facades and landscapes that are often neglected or forgotten. By analyzing and recombining hundreds of snapshots, van den Broek transforms the images into abstract forms, essentially projecting new perspectives onto the familiar landscapes.

Koen van den Broek has participated in exhibitions at Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst Gent (S.M.A.K.), Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens in Belgium, Bonnefanten Museum in The Netherlands, Kunstmuseum Bonn in Germany and Palazzo Fortuny in Italy. His work is represented in the collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in the USA, S.M.A.K., Museum of Modern Art Antwerp in Belgium, and Leeum Museum of Art in Korea.

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