Born and raised in Belgium, Virginie Pringiers grew up in a family of collectors who spent their weekends in flea markets hunting for unique pieces. Her family home was a haven of beautiful artworks of great cultural diversity including paintings, furniture and various other decorative elements.
Virginie pursued artistic studies and became a graduate of the prestigious school of Van Der Kelen Logelain (Brussels) where she specialized in “trompe l’oeil” (a painting or design intended to create a visual illusion). She also mastered cinematographic arts, theatre-set design and the renovation of cultural artefacts.
During her studies, artists such as Rauschenberg, Basquiat and Cy Twombly inspired her to start drawing and painting. Virginie found her own style of creating different textures on canvas using layers of old paper glued together, acrylic, oil paint, pencil and markers; repeatedly roughening the surface with sandpaper, incorporating lettering and sealing it with a glossy varnish.
Using her painting skills of ‘illusion’, Virginie now restores antique furniture and produces trompe l’oeil works for clients – whilst also painting her works on canvas which have been exhibited in galleries in Belgium and France.
In 2011, Virginie embarked on a global adventure that saw her living in Japan, Angola and America. Now based in Singapore, her experiences and exposure to different cultures are reflected in her paintings. The messages can be dark. However, with her carefully chosen colour schemes, characters, slogans in Chinese or Singlish (Singapore English), inclusion of small objects found during her travels, each canvas has a touch of humour – inspired by Virginie’s own experience and new life in Singapore.
Featured image: Virginie Pringiers – portrait. Photo courtesy Addicted Art Gallery