Jan Verbruggen

°1980 (B)

lives and works in Brussels and Grimbergen (Belgium)

Jan Verbruggen makes paintings, drawings and installations. In his paintings imaginary landscapes are seen from above, opening the perspective and disorientating the viewer. Wandering figures overlook landscapes together with the spectator, or are immersed in the scenes. Verbruggen explores the boundaries of the territory that surrounds him. Orientation is essential in this process, like a map is indispensable when traveling. Not only the artist is searching for navigation and timing, also the spectator is challenged to leave the focus-point and to wander through the scenery, where every brushstroke is visible and reveals another detail.

Jan Verbruggen holds a Master in Visual Arts-Fine Arts of the LUCA School of Arts, Brussels.

For several years he was chairman of ‘W-O-L-K-E’ an artist run initiative to create innovative spaces for artistic encounters. His works have been exhibited, among others, at BOZAR (Brussels), Bellevue Museum (Brussels), Galerie Fortlaan 17 (Ghent), SecondRoom (Antwerp & Brussels), Somos Art, Berlin (D), DOM (Brussels), Positions Art Fair Berlin, Art Rotterdam, Eva Steynen.Deviation(s).

Jan Verbruggen teaches painting at RHoK Academie (Rijks Hoger Onderwijs voor Kunst) in Brussels.

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