MARE

Solo exhibition Joris Vanpoucke
Opens 3 September at 6 PM, at DMW Gallery

  • About the Exhibition
  • Works
joris vanpoucke, dmw gallery, mare, painting, solo exhibition, forest

Mare is the first Belgian solo exhibition by Joris Vanpoucke. The exhibition focuses on distorted landscapes, seascapes and nightmares, steeped on Germanic and Slavic folklore. The expo runs from 3 September until 10 October 2020. Open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 2-6 PM. For private viewings at other times, please contact us to make an appointment.

Mare is a crystallisation of some of the key themes developed by Joris Vanpoucke over the past years. Through various land and seascapes, flowers and realistically portrayed elements of flora, Vanpoucke brings to life a world inspired by memories and existential questions rather than any other visible reality.

Building on these themes, the title of the exhibition also evokes the Old Dutch word Maere, referring to the malicious entity in Germanic and Slavic Folklore that rides on people’s chest while they sleep, bringing on bad dreams or nightmares. It was believed that the Maere could ride horses or even trees, resulting in entangled branches. These twisted, undersized trees are known as Mare-pines or Nightmare forests.

For his solo exhibition, Vanpoucke further explores these dreamlike visions of landscapes and forests. The  paintings appear ever to shimmer between night and day, between being awake and asleep, and between the dream and the mundane. What is real can no longer be ascertained with any degree of certainty. Surroundings become contexts, and the landscape becomes the territory of the mind. The works painted for this exhibition shift from a dreamy, melancholic feeling to a remembrance of an everlasting nightmare.

With Mare, Vanpoucke presents an all new series of both paintings and drawings. In appearance, the artist’s paintings differ starkly from his drawings, but it is clear they are both characterised by a  strong sense of modern-day Romanticism. Both are equally vulnerable and demonstrate Vanpoucke’s constant sensibilities; melancholic, nostalgic, utopian, and rich with a classical notion of the sublime.

Made with great attention to both the art of drawing and painting, Vanpoucke’s works are simultaneously outspoken and quiet, daring to release a sigh when everything around it seems to scream. As such, his oeuvre presents a sense of wonder not often seen in current times, finding stillness and beauty precisely where others do not, thereby making Vanpoucke’s works all the more welcome because of it.

Maere I, 2020
Oil on canvas
150 x 190 cm

Maere II, 2020
Oil on canvas
150 x 200 cm

joris vanpoucke, dmw gallery, mare, painting, solo exhibition, study for a nightmare

Study for a nightmare, 2020 
Oil on cardboard
35 x 33 cm

joris vanpoucke, dmw gallery, mare, painting, solo exhibition, study for a nightmare

Study for a nightmare, 2020 
Oil on cardboard
35 x 33 cm

Nightfall, 2020
Oil on canvas
150 x 190 cm

Untitled, 2020
Oil on canvas
150 x 190 cm

joris vanpoucke, painting, dmw gallery, landscape

Landscape (morning), 2020
Oil on cardboard
35 x 33 cm

joris vanpoucke, painting, dmw gallery, landscape

Landscape (evening), 2020
Oil on cardboard
35 x 33 cm

Forest, 2020
Oil on canvas
130 x 180 cm

Forestprimrose, 2020
Oil on canvas
150 x 200 cm

joris vanpoucke, painting, dmw gallery, landscape

Landscape (night), 2020
Oil on cardboard
35 x 33 cm

joris vanpoucke, painting, dmw gallery, marine in indigo

Marine in indigo, 2020
Oil on cardboard
35 x 33 cm

Morning Never Came, 2020
Oil on canvas
100 x 140 cm

Shadow, 2019 
Oil on canvas
140 x 210 cm

Landscape in yellow and green I, 2019
Oil on cardboard
40 x 38 cm

Landscape in yellow and green II, 2019
Oil on canvas
44 x 32 cm

dmw gallery, joris vanpoucke, art on paper

Seascape, 2019
Oil on cardboard
40 x 38 cm

joris vanpoucke, seascape, dmw gallery

Seascape, 2019
Oil on cardboard
30 x 28 cm

joris vanpoucke, dmw gallery

Seascape, 2019
Oil on cardboard
30 x 28 cm

dmw gallery, joris vanpoucke, painting, seascape, marine in olive

Marine in olive, 2019
Oil on cardboard
35 x 33 cm

joris vanpoucke, painting, dmw gallery, seascape, marine in grey

Marine in grey, 2019
Oil on cardboard
35 x 33 cm

joris vanpoucke, painting, dmw gallery, marine in carmine

Marine in carmine, 2019
Oil on cardboard
35 x 33 cm

joris vanpoucke, painting, dmw gallery, mountaintop, marine

Mountaintop (marine), 2019
Oil on cardboard
35 x 33 cm

joris vanpoucke, painting, dmw gallery, selfportrait

Selfportrait, 2019
Oil on canvas
55 x 55 cm

Copper Sky, 2020
Silksceen in 8 Colours on Arches paper 88
76 x 56 cm
Edition of 30 + 2 A.P.