Exhibition Treasures - December 2018
Christopher Kelsall, Fabienne Loyens, Magdelien Roobroeck, Frank Steyaert, Margot Thyssen, David Huycke and Mariken Dumon
Exhibition Inside Out - October-November 2018
Hanna Järlehed Hyving - Frank Steyaert
Frank Steyaert is an internationally known artist and iconic ceramist who started his career in the eighties of the last century. He studied architecture, ceramics and jewellery in the Academies of Aalst and Antwerp and participated since then in a massive number of exhibitions in Belgium and abroad. He is member of the International Academy of Ceramics and won international awards in Faenza (Italy). In Belgium he won the Award of the Ministery of Culture of Flanders for his international career and had, last year, a retrospective exhibition in Keramis, the impressive ceramic museum in La Louvière. He taught ceramics in several academies in the Flemish region. One finds his work in many international and national museums, public collections e.g. Designmuseum Gent, Musea voor Kunst en Geschiedenis Brussel, Keramis La Louvière, Museo Internationale delle Ceramiche Faenza, Die Neue Sammlung München, Keramikmuseum Westerwald Höhr-Grenzhausen, Keramion Frechen, Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, Toronto. It is present in numerous private collections e.g. in the collection of King Filip and Queen Mathilde of Belgium and all over the world.
Franks’ ceramics are determined by water and ships. He is inspired by the river the Dender as he spent most of his life at its bank. His early works suggest ships, partially wrecked but with their bow upright. Later on he conceives containers and urns, fired in a way the ceramic gives the impression to be freshly dugged, looking very natural. He uses few colors mostly in earthy tones, but now and then with a dominance of blue and gold.
Frank throws in a masterly way, but instead of decorating the surface, he transforms the inside into a feast for the eye. The vessels become shells showing the embellished interior skeleton of an imaginary water creature or the dome of a renaissance church. This work will be, for the first time, shown in a gallery. Also on display are elongated sculptures with a dark brown surface, resting on a root like base, mostly colored blue, with a few exceptions. They suggest water weeds harvested from the river and dried, transformed in elegant ceramic objects. But they can also be symbols of trumpet music.