The internet overwhelms us with images. Entangled in their own referential codes and iconography, sliding past daily before everyone's eyes. The question how to react or respond to this, is the central theme in vanderbeke's work.
He gathers images, forges them into collages and then transforms these into paintings. In his compositions the male figure, often nude, is always primarily present. This male figure is a reference to art history and the current culture of “ the capitalized body”. This input melted together with sexual symbols and contemporary icons creates an imperfect harmony that challenges the viewer to look closer and question the frictions that arise from these collages. Text also plays a major, more compositional, role in his work.
In between the graphic, industrial perfection and the human, sometimes unsteady, executive hand of the painter, between the huge panels, the bright colours, between the old and new elements, the possibility for new interpretations and humour is created.
Teacher certification in the arts: School of Arts KASK, Ghent, 2015-2017
Master of Fine Arts: School of Arts KASK, Ghent, 2014-2016
Bachelor of Arts, Painting: School of Arts KASK, Ghent, 2011-2014
– Minor in Graphics , 2012-2013
– Minor in Textile Design Art, 2013-2014
Inhabitant body, Group exhibition, Schipperskapel, Bruges, BE.
Fill up that back seat., Group exhibition, OPEL garage Regniers, Ghent, BE.
Kapellekesbaan, Group exhibition, Sint-Amanduskerk, O.L. Vrouw bezoekingskerk, Meulebeke, BE.
MASCULINE DOMINATION, old ideas, new ideas, Solo exhibition, NTGcafe, Ghent, BE.
Just Married, Group exhibition, BLANCO, NUCLEO, Ghent, BE.
Masters Salon Painting, Group exhibition, Anciens Etablissements Vanderborght, Brussels, BE.
Masters Salon, Group exhibition, Lange Zaal, Royal Academy of Fine arts, Antwerp, BE.
Blauw, Group exhibition, Kunstacademie Tielt, BE.
Graduation Show KASK, Group exhibition, KIOSK & Kunsttoren, KASK, Ghent, BE.
Artagon, Group exhibition, Passage de Retz, Paris, FR.
Tumult in Ghent #4, Group exhibition, KERK and Zwarte zaal, KASK, Ghent, BE.
The Saint, the Fox and their Dictionary, Group exhibition, Rio De Janeiro, BR.
iD-eST, Sint-Amanduskerk Bekegem, Group exhibition, Bekegem, BE.
De Biënnale van België, Group exhibition, In de Ruimte, Ghent, BE
7+1, Tis Gank, Group exhibition, Kunstacademie Tielt, BE.
Kaai1, Group exhibition, Kaai1, Courtray, BE.
NOW YOU ARE HERE, Group exhibition, NVT galerie, Ghent, BE.
Schilderkunst vs Schilderkunst, Group exhibition, NVT galerie, Ghent, BE.
Vlak Land, Group exhibition, Zwarte zaal, KASK, Ghent, BE.
Concordia Concours, Group exhibition, PAK, Gistel, BE.
Vuurdoop, Group exhibition, Kunsttoren KASK, Ghent, BE.
TRANSform, Group exhibition, De Bond, Bruges, BE.
Masters Salon, Selected, Lange Zaal, Royal Academy of Fine arts, Antwerp BE.
Artagon, Selected, Passage de Retz, Paris, FR.
Concordia Concours, 2nd place, PAK, Gistel, BE.