Green valleys and grey skies: Michaël de Kok’s ‘after images’ at Fred Lanzenberg

 

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It doesn’t necessarily have to be radically contemporary. You feel drawn to the work of Belgian painters Koen van den Broek and Luc Tuymans but you tend to find their paintings a bit too abstract or cold? Then you can always turn to the landscapes, valleys, bridges and roads of Dutch painter Michaël de Kok. A bit more traditional, a bit warmer. I’ve already pointed him out a couple of months ago, when Geukens & de Vil were showing his canvasses in Antwerp. Good to know: De Kok isn’t copying pictures for his paintings. He starts from images landscapes have left in his mind, or ‘after images’ as he calls them. De Kok’s paintings are on display now at that lovely gallery Fred Lanzenberg, overlooking the park and ponds of Elsene/Ixelles (Brussels), through March 26. Info here.

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