The Belgian artist Pieter Vermeersch is best known as a painter, but his artistic practice takes him beyond the traditional boundaries of canvas.
Born in 1973, in Kortrijk, Belgium, Vermeersch lives and works in Brussels. He graduated from& HISK, Higher Institute for Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium and H.I.B.K., Higher Institute for Visual Arts, Sint-Lucas, Ghent, Belgium. His work was included in various exhibitions all around the world, including Barcelona, Bogota, New York and Tokyo, among others.
Vermeersch questions and explores the parameters of painting and works on a variety of surfaces, such as canvas, marble, photographs, and existing architecture, using time, space and color as the three building blocks of his practice. Through his practice, he explores the relationship and the border between representation and abstraction. In addition to gradient wall paintings and immersive, painterly installations, where subverts territory whether conceived for an exhibition space or adjusted to a pre-existing architectural site, the artist also creates an array of ephemeral zero degree paintings on canvas, brought to a concrete reality by the irreversible process of chiseling and milling natural stone. Painting directly on the marble, he seeks to activate the temporal dimension that the material holds within.
Featured image: Pieter Vermeersch - Untitled, 2018 (detail). Oil on marble. 23 3/5 × 23 3/5 in. 60 × 60 cm. Photo courtesy Perrotin