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Joris Taeymans is a Flemish artist who was born in 1960 in Mol, Belgium. From 1975 to 1981 he studied decorative arts in Hasselt and painting techniques at the Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. After his first solo exhibition at the age of seventeen, he participated in several national and international exhibitions. His work consists mainly out of paintings and drawings. But besides that, he also designs t-shirts and makes artefacts by painting furniture and other wooden objects.

Many artists have an eccentric side, but it seems that Joris has invented the word himself. Art does not have to be serious. According to him, it can also be fun, relentless, humorous, intelligent, variable and spontaneous. He is inspired by artists such as Paul Klee, Kandinsky, Panamarenko and Alechinsky, artists which Joris refers to as abstract purists. "Because they say no to the known, and yes to the unknown." According to Joris, art is one of the few human activities over which the flag of freedom flies. His very personal style is not easy to describe, but it's definetely modern and progressive. One thing is certain: conventional is a word that doesn't exist in the dictionary of Joris Taeymans. If you look at his work, it seems as if the monstrous, distorted figures with their sharp teeth are trying to jump of the canvas. Sarcastic and possessed, insane but in a realistic way, the artist shows the abstract dimensions of expression. His paintings are almost a seismograph for the inner feelings. ln short, his colorful work leaves no one indifferent!

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