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Colour and Contrast: The Art of Pieter Vermeersch

A photo of an installation featuring wall paintings and chunks of marbleUntitled, oil paint on wall and marble (Exhibition view at Artissima 2017, represented by Galerie Greta Meert, Turin, Italy)

Pieter Vermeersch is an artist currently based in Brussels, Belgium. In his practice, Vermeersch capitalizes on colour and contrast, juxtaposing smooth gradients with more organic or geological textures and hues. 

An installation with a red gradient painted on a wall next to brickworkUntitled, acrylic paint on wall, bricks (exhibition view at Blueproject Foundation, Barcelona, Spain)


I really enjoy the way Pieter elevates a monochromatic painting style by applying gradients of colour to large rectangular canvases. Like Italian painter Ettore Spalleti, Vermeersch’s paintings fade delicately from deep, saturated hues into pale, almost white tints at one end of the canvas. The result is smooth, almost futuristic, and quite visually opposite to the rough-edged panels and walls against which they are contrasted. 


It’s in gallery installations where Vermeersch’s work really shines -- the white cube space of the gallery format presents a blank canvas that is equally stark against both extremes of the artist’s works. In some cases, like Untitled, a recent exhibition at Blueproject Foundation in Barcelona, the artist creates his monochromes directly on the gallery walls, with the addition of rough brickworks serving as contrast.

An artwork consisting of a few circular tinted mirrorsUntitled, 33 tinted mirrors in ceiling (permanent site-specific installation at Ecole Chandieu, Genève, Switzerland)

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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