A marble stone partially covered with paint. This is a painting created by a Belgian artist, Pieter Vermeersch.
Until September 2018, the artist held his first solo exhibition in Japan at PERROTIN, an art gallery in Roppongi, Tokyo. Some might not know him till they saw the show but some might have seen his installation with a yellow line drawn in nature surrounded by woods for KENPOKU ART 2016 in Ibaragi prefecture. In the past, he created his works under the title “work in progress” by utilizing spaces but in this work, his approach is minimalistic, which is a relatively new work style for him.
Currently, Pieter Vermeersch lives and works in Italy. Visiting a marble factory in Italy, which is famous for one of the finest marble production areas, he selects a sheet of stone that gives him an inspiration and has it cut into the size he wishes. Then, he picks colour and paints it intuitively onto the stone. Considering that Vermeersch grew up in an artistic family, he must be familiar with these materials and has been developing his sense of colours since he was a child.
From a straight angle and vertical line, one can feel the beauty of architectural form, to which the artist pays particular attention while creating his work. Looking at the paint closely, one can see the colour has a subtle gradation instead of being spread evenly. The artist says, he is not creating something abstract that pops up in his mind, on the contrary he recreates an actual object that really exists in this world. For example, there is an approach, in which one photographs a surface texture of copper finished in a cylinder shape and recreates an image by colour gradation.
This is a symbolic painting that recreates super realism. Stroking paint onto marble stone, which is foamed by accumulated time, Pieter Vermeersch tires to express the contrast between time and materiality. This is the artist’s “dialogue” between nature and long periods of time. In his other works, one can find the dialogue as a core theme.
Born in 1973 in Kortrijk, Belgium. Growing up in an artistic family, he followed the same path to become an artist. Currently living and working in Turin, Italy, he creates conceptual artwork.