Jonas Vanderbeke is a visual artist based in Ghent, Belgium.


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E       jonas.vanderbeke@gmail.com



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How can art history and the contemporary iconoclasm fuse into new compositions? Which images arise when ones that have been formerly made are being displaced out of their time? Is there a visual unity to be found? A balance?
These questions form the basis of Jonas’s work.



In search of an answer, he calls upon recognizable motifs. Thus, symbols of transiency return, as does the vanitas motif. The body is often present as well, as a bridge between art history and the modern-day capitalized ideas about beauty. Furthermore, flowers are also a constantly recurring theme. Seen through the idea of the image as a stage, they melt into paintings and collages.

These icons, however, burst out of their prevalent meaning. They no longer reference as they did before. They unleash a game, one that obscures and hides at the same time, makes old symbols unfamiliar or anew and lets materiality, image and meaning contrast one another. The spectator has to look again each time.

In Jonas’s recent work the exuberant colors and images are immersed in a kind of darkness, which grants them a certain introversion. It appears as if the work turns inwards, announces another or prepares for metamorphosis.

Out of the tension between the graphic perfection and the human, imperfect hand, between the body and its cultus, the old and the new, new images arise time and time again.
Education

2015-2017
    Teacher certification in the arts,
    School of Arts KASK, Ghent
 
2014-2016
    Master of Fine Arts,
    School of Arts KASK, Ghent

2011-2014
    Bachelor of Arts, Painting,
    School of Arts KASK, Ghent
    Minor in Graphics ,
    Minor in Textile Design

Exhibitions
2020
• Summertime, Group exhibition, Lieve Lambrecht Galerie en beeldentuin, Merendree, BE
• Zomersalon 2020 Buy Local, Group exhibition, Kunsthal, Ghent, BE
• Ballroom Project #2, online Group exhibition, ballroom-project.be.
• The 4 Gate Connection, Group exhibition, Tatjana Pieters Gallery, Ghent, BE

2019
• The Hermit Crab & the Gastropod, Group exhibition, BAD, Floraliënhal, Ghent, BE
• KVDM October, Solo exhibition, xyz-lounge, Zebrastraat, Ghent, BE.
• Summertime, Group exhibition, Lieve Lambrecht Galerie en beeldentuin, Merendree, BE.
• Inter omnia saga, Solo exhibition, curated by Els Wuyts, BLANCO, NUCLEO, Ghent, BE.
• The soft side, Group exhibition, Sint-Amanduskapel, CAMPO SANTO, Ghent, BE.

2018
• Zomergasten, Group exhibition, Lieve Lambrecht Galerie en beeldentuin, Meredree, BE.
• Stimulans '18, Group exhibition, paardenstallen, BUBOX, Courtray, BE.

2017
• Inhabitant body, Group exhibition, Schipperskapel, Bruges, BE.
• Fill up that back seat., Group exhibition, OPEL garage Regniers, Ghent, BE.
• Just Married, Group exhibition, BLANCO, NUCLEO, Ghent, BE.

2016
• Masters Salon, Group exhibition, Anciens Etablissements Vanderborght, Brussels, BE.
• Masters Salon, Group exhibition, Lange Zaal, Royal Academy of Fine arts, Antwerp, 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.

2015
• 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.

2014
• Kaai1, Group exhibition, Kaai1, Courtray, BE.
• NOW YOU ARE HERE, Group exhibition, NVT galerie, Ghent, BE.

2013
• Concordia Concours, Group exhibition, PAK, Gistel, BE.


Publications

2019
The Art Couch Belgium, Magazine #4, interview.  

2018
Biënnale Stimulans, Stimulans Kortrijk 2018, Catalogue.    

2016
• Masters Salon Painting, KoMASK, Catalogue.    
School of Arts KASK, Graduation 2016, Catalogue.