ABOUT

 

Bruno Mertens 1968°

Studies - Academy of Visual Arts Ghent - ceramics & free graphics

Lives and works in Ghent

Bruno's work is the result of a slow 'self-challenging' process towards the essence. 

Every beginning is an end and vice versa. This thought includes my way of working. It is about playing with concepts and forms and with an eye for the beauty of decay, the unfinished where nothing is absolutely fixed and everything is changeable ... each work is an interruption, a snapshot of this ceaseless process.

“...Als er één iets kan gezegd worden van het werk van Bruno Mertens, dan is het dat het eerlijk is. Er wordt niets verdoezeld, het mag zo aarzelend en haperend zijn als het wil. Zijn visie over schoonheid is niet zo mainstream, maar dat maakt hem net uniek. Geen pretentie hier, maar een grote liefde voor wat nutteloos, onbenullig, waardeloos lijkt."

Meer lezen

uit tekst door Annelies A.A. Vanbelle in The Art Couch - 2021

 

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SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  • “REFRAME” - Solo show - Cultuurcafé Den Hopsack, Antwerp 2021
  • “Nothing fits completely” - Solo show - Educatieve Academie, Antwerp 2019
  • Duo-show with Caroline Van der Straeten - Galerij Jan Colle, Ghent 2017
  •  “Scratches on the Wall” - Solo show Galerie Ludwig Trossaert, Antwerp 2015
  • Duo-show with Serge Piessens - Galerie Cellaar, Kortrijk 2014

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  • Groepsexpo OFFSPACE #2 ism Ben Benaouisse, 2021 Ledeberg(Gent)
  • "Tachisme de schilderkunst als uitdaging” - Lieve Lambrecht Galerie & Beeldentuin, Merendree 2021
  • Oud dierenasiel Citadelpark, Ghent 2021
  • Zomersalon 2021, Ghent
  • Art Gallery Art of Happiness, Scherpenheuvel 2020
  • Nest, Ghent 2018
  • Galerie Montanus 5, Diksmuide 2017
  • Galerie RossoCinabro, Rome (I) 2016
  • Galerie Brenda Baart, Axel (N) 2014
  • Galerie- G14, Ghent 2002
  • Down To Art Gallery, Ghent 2002
  • Galerie Resonans, Ghent 1999
  • Galerij Versier De Mens, Ronse 1997 

AWARDS

  • Ceramics Contemporary design, Bruges Selection & speedwell 1999
  • Contest ninth art, Gavere - 3rd prize 1998
  • Spectraal, Ghent Honorable mention 1998
  • InternationalArt Ceramics Days, Torhout Selection & speedwell 1998

CATALOGUES

"Scratches on the wall”,Galerie Ludwig Trossaert, Antwerp 2015

Bruno Mertens - Scratches On The Wall - 2015

ISBN: 9789491314490

ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE

Raam103, Gent - finissage 24 juni 2022

NEWS

Raam103 - Baliestraat 103, Gent - finissage 24 juni 2022 van 18u tem 21u  Za, 11 jun. - 24 jun.Bruno Mertens resideert bij RAAM103vzwGent

RECENT WORK

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OTHER WORKS

Russel

acrylic on canvas/mixed media - 2020

John

acrylic on canvas/mixed media - 2020

Ron

acrylic on canvas/mixed media - 2020

Lander

acrylic on canvas/mixed media - 2020

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DOERZEE

40cmx40cmx3cm - acrylic on canvas/mixed media - 2020

MOERSA

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KJOERT

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TESTIMONIALS