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Jan Desmarets

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artist's biography

Jan Desmarets is undoubtedly one of the most successful sculptors of the current, Belgian generation of plastic artists. This West-Vlaming nested himself some years in Destelbergen and now has a spacious workshop with foundry in the Ghent municipality of Wondelgem.

Jan Desmarets is the sculptor of “the elegance of movement”. Either in people or in animals he perpetuates a source moment. A prerecording, which apprehends, statically looking, and at the same time an illusion of continuing movement.

Jan Desmarets was born in Leper on 21 January 1961. He studied at the Royal Academy for Arts in Ghent. Afterwards he completed graduate studies at the museum for arts in the same city.

As a young sculptor and after some years of working he discovered the power of bronze. Bronze became the material that nourishes and expresses best his passion. Which lets him breathe life into his forms through his specific and unique technique of pouring, sculpting, welding, polishing and patinas. In his work you find no perfect, tightly outlined forms, but a playful, harsh reproduction of reality, where the imperfection of people and animal is accentuated in a critical elegance...

He keeps out the tight uniformity of an even patina, but opts for a coloring that radiates individuality and heat. Exactly that harsh transparency and the airiness of bronze leave its oeuvre space. The artist himself is one with its source: statically, monumental, but nevertheless playful.

As a child Jan Desmarets played with mud and clay. It seems by then he had then already grown tangled with nature. Where children learn to model with plasticine, Desmarets found its matter in the West-Vlaamse ground. Design seemed be a congenital brio. Years later appear that he nourishes those primitive conceptions still. His sculptures are rather expressionist than purely figurative. There worries about soul and they radiate a thorough philosophical sub tone. When Desmarets creates a sculpture, and comes eye to eye with its topic and sketchy form, he strips himself of all restrictions which the purely figurative design implies and follows only his own rules. He submits an axiom of nature to its own imagination and obeys only the highest laws of ethics, beauty, harmony and hisown aesthetic tradition.

Another theme he also works on, somewhere one can observe a swift of mystery, love or fear for the future of the soul and the body. To be emotions are spontaneously and living. The word treasure of its pictures is always expressively and original.
How simple the forms can be, it remains fascinating to observe and touch his multi-dimensional compositions with their tough character, to better understand his ideas and emotions.

In everything what creates Jan Desmarets you can descry a delicate approach of the sensual side of nature as art-lover. He interprets that nature in a free, sometimes very own manner and does not tolerate the dying borders of the visible. His creativity, which is concentrated in the charged space between reality and imagination, between god’s intention and the capricious rules of people, brings our belief in the infinite character of art.

Jan Desmarets (1961) has an extraordinary technical knowledge, as a result of which exceptional creations can arise. Bronze is a hard material, but in his hands, it becomes plastic, smoothly and exuberant. As no other he makes it breathing and living.

Particularly horses address him. Thus he has in 1995, on the square in Ootmarsum he has a three meters high work exhibited, where he worked on for five months. A horse radiates strength, movement and dynamics according to him.

For everything they press feelings of freedom, which claims the Belgian Jan Desmarets also for himself, that paired with vitality and passion for nature. Inspired by the pictures of Greek and Roman antiquity, this work gives an original look on the possibilities of the bronze sculpting. Whereas model and line radiate a terrible strength, the structure of bronze breathes by a seemingly porous skin. Larger pieces of his work are placed frequently in large cities in several countries.