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Mogues (08), France
Working with canvas or paper marouflaged on wood, Didier Goessens' pictorial technique translates a vital momentum, the expression of the release of a potential inner energy. Paintings and drawings with frenetic, pared down and incisive graphics unite the fluidity and dynamism of their creation.
Originally from Hennuyeres in Belgium, Didier Goessens now lives in France, just a few miles from Belgian Lorraine. Growing up in a family which brought him into early contact with the fast-moving world of academies wherein his parents taught art, he roamed these privileged spaces, gaining a head-start in the practice of engraving, sketching, sculpture and photography.
After training in psychopedagogy, his studies at the Institut Saint-Luc in Liège led him to the uncommon profession of fashion illustrator (for, amongst others, Marie Claire, Flair, Feeling, as well as in numerous collaborations with Olivier Strelli, Gérald Wathelet, the Cinquantenaire Museum, and the 1992 Universal Exhibition of Seville). He also works as a publicist, graphic designer, and interior designer, and teaches fashion illustration at La Cambre-Brussels and IFPME-Liège.
He focuses primarily on his work as a plastic artist, concentrating on series like his suite of bulls and centaurs, collections of floral compositions or variations on the theme of the couple.
At the Ecole des Maîtres, Goessens learnt diligence, notably studying graphics with subtle echoes of oriental calligraphy and wall art. As an artist, he has taken an unusual journey, dominated by a constant dedication to drawing, gradually leading him towards lyrical abstraction.
In the momentum of colour, punctuated with emphases, frenetically phrased series carry perspective, precise tone, and balanced forces. Didier Goessens works primarily with ink and diluted acrylic, experimenting with glazing effects on panels, marouflage calligraphy paper and canvas. Goose feather and Chinese brushes, West meets East, cave paintings and lyrical abstraction, murmur and mess, Cupids and succubi... a breeze floats through.
The emotion created simply remains. As though it was nonetheless possible to reconcile the timelessness of art as the search for beauty and truth, conceptualism and contemporaneity... Didier Goessens wields a soaring but confident, fluid line in a vast body of art with multiple subjects. His nudes are dynamic - the faces disappear to make room for the momentum of the body. Exhibiting parallels with Asian calligraphy, Didier Goessens uses ink to create his lines and bring the forms to life, simple lines that become silhouettes.
1986: Graduated in Fine Arts (great distinction) at the St Luc Institute of Fine Arts.
1983: Single application in Psycho-Pedagogy University of Liège (Bel.)
1982: Graduation in Psycho-Pedagogy (basic education)
2016; Limoux (Fr) - March - Artistic godfather, president of the Jury, and guest of honour of "Toques et Clochers 2016" at Sieur d’Arques - Paris-Bercy-village; gallery "Carré d’artistes" - Bertrix (Bel.) - February - Centre Cuturel -Mouzon (Fr.) - May - Vieux Colombier juin : Mondorf-les-Bains (Lux) - juin - Casino 2000,
2015 : Bordeaux, "Carré d’artistes" gallery; Luxembourg Court of Auditors of Europe - Vendôme (Fr- Loir et Cher)-Spring exhibition, Fish market, guest of honour - Saria (Galicia)-SIA-Sarria - Autumn exhibition - Unesco - Grand Palais - Paris - Condom (Fr-Gers)-Galerie "Le Chat Pitre 32
2013: "Camadjé" Hôtel Impérator, Nîmes; Forbach Gallery "Têt’ de l’Art"; gallery "Carré d’artistes" Montréal; Virton Cuest’Art - Caves de l’Hôtel de Ville - retrospective "Geos" - Mondorff-les-bains (Lu) Art-et-jardins.
2012: Aigues-Mortes "Abribados", the Camargue horse - Chapelle des Capucins - Sevilla Expo "Toréador" - Casa de la Provincia - Lyon Carré d’artistes - Besos - Virton Cuest’Art - expo-installation "ICHTUS".
2010 : Paris -Saint-Germain des Prés gallery "Carré d’artistes"; Arlon gallery Espace Beausite "Le geste éclaté"; Nîmes "Toréadors" Hôtel Impérator ; Calculta (India) Musée Ahuja ; Museum for Contemporary French Arts ; Toulouse gallery "Carré d’artistes"; Atos & Pablos - Saria (Galicia) SIA-Sarria; Salon d’automne, Unesco, Grand Palais, Paris; Madrid (Sp) "La Ventas", Plaza de Toros - "Toréadors".
2009: Mons Intr’Art Muros - la Savonnerie - la Savonnerie
2006: Brussels gallery Dérapages -- 2007 Mons Intr’Art Muros - Musée de la Vie Militaire.
2005: Saint-Maur-les-fossés (Paris) Carré Médicis - Brussels gallery Le Corrège - Avignon at Nicole Sartiau’s house.
2004: Roussas (53-France) with V. et Stéphane Catoire - Saint-Rémy de Provence (Fr.) Galerie "ni vu ni connu".
2003: Mirmande (53-France) Eglise Sainte Foy - Chapelle-lez-Herlaimont Hôtel de ville.
1994: Brussels Costume Museum - Fiftieth anniversary - Arlon Maison de la Culture.
1993: Marche-en-Famenne Maison de la Culture + intervention on the whole city.
1992: Brussels Mirano Continental - Seville (Esp.) edificio Expo universelle .
1991: Paris Boutique OLIVIER STRELLI (f) - Huy Centre Culturel - Bruxelles Espace Louise.
1989: Brussels gallery CONTRAST - Liège Gallery of the Théâtre de la Place.
1988: Verviers gallery of the Grand Théâtre.