Johan Creten - 8 Starbursts, 2016

Johan Creten

Belgium 1963


Johan Creten
January 28, 2013
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Johan Creten is a Flemish sculptor, nominated for the Flemish Culture Prize in 2009. He is considered one of the precursors – with Thomas Schütte and Lucio Fontana – in introducing ceramics in contemporary art. Fascinated by its beauty, its symbolic impact and the richness of its history, the artist explores the medium through multiple techniques and scales. His painting training brings another dimension to his sculpture work, giving the glaze and its colors a main role in the artworks.

Featured image: Johan Creten – 8 Starbursts, 2016. Gold luster on enamelled stoneware, aluminium plate. 14 3/5 × 44 1/2 in. 37 × 113 cm. Photo courtesy Perrotin