As we grow older, we carry more on our minds and souls. Some say we become wiser. I like to think we get richer. Perhaps we will trip into the same pitfalls and take the same wrong decisions again and again, whether consciously or subconsciously. We might suffer, we might cry, we might regret. The sands of time can only make our life more interesting and fuller with emotion and experiences.
What I find special about this excruciating suffering though, is the fact that he manages to transform this pain into playfulness, which conveys a pleasant feeling to the viewer. Perhaps, our life is not a rose garden, but a sea of threatening waves, swirling winds, coarse sand and scorching sunlight which sculpt our maturity, experience and self-confidence.
A brilliantly creative and bright young man, who at 24 opened his very own gallery in Liedekerke, is certainly worthwhile to meet face-to-face. “The recognizing of the poetic side of my work by people. That’s my satisfaction.” he says.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see his work and meet Jorg Schelfhout in person at the La Greca launch event “The Art of Mingling” on May 28th!
Self-taught Dr. in Chemistry Jorg Schelfhout unleashes a storm of emotion through his paintings. He uses thick acrylic paint mixed with sand and other materials to form landscapes that often allude to dunes and seasides, as well as feeling-evoking abstract forms that are open to interpretation. His brushstroke is tormented, wild and multi-layered and the use of color is tonal, which attributes a vintage, dreamy quality. The result is rough, powerful and filled with movement. Some pieces – my absolute favorites – seem like plaster-treated walls at the first stages of construction or thirsty earth soil, where the main indefinable figures emerge like ghosts from the past after an earthquake. Jorg’s paintings seem to me like a vivid cry of pain.