⎯ Thank you for stopping by, I would like to tell you a little more about myself.
I live and work as a professional artist in Stekene Flanders.
As a painter I once started to paint still lifes, but soon I wanted to give the paintings more humor and a story.
Humor is always present in my paintings. Of course that has to do with the fact that I can't live without humor, just imagine ...
I like to take the viewer on a journey to my possible and impossible world.
Animals always play the leading role in this journey.
The paintings often dare to be cheerful, hilarious and 'out of the box'.
You have been warned!
Most of the paintings that I make leave Flanders and move to foreign art collections.
⎯ I grew up in the rural Beveren-Waas. Ever since I was young, I was surrounded with brushes and paint from my father. These photos from the 70s below are witness to this.
Me and my father at his art studio.
It was clear that I also had the artistic microbe just like my father Hilaire Bals. He was also a professional painter for years and inspired me to go to the drawing academy in Beveren-Waas. At the same time, I followed graphic design in Antwerp.
After my military service with the Air Force I ended up working at the Stedelijk Museum in Sint-Niklaas. There, I mainly worked on the temporary exhibitions where I often went on prospecting for artists and museums.
All very interesting, but in the meantime I sold my paintings that I made during my free hours and that went very well.
At one point it dawned on me ... do I want a safe job and a taste of the artistry? Or do I opt for the adventurous and will I become a full-time artist?
It has become the last and I have not regretted it!
You could have seen the paintings here:
You will receive pictures of the latest paintings 4 to 5 times a year.
You may want them.
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