Paul Van Hoeydonck [1925]

Without title,1955, oil-paint on canvas, 91 x 71 cm

Van Hoeydonck studied art history and archaeology at the university of Antwerp, he also went to evening school for painting at the academy. As a curious man, traveled a lot. He went to Morocco which was a source of inspiration for a few of his first paintings, which he exhibited at the Buyle gallery in Antwerp. In 1952 he held his first solo exposition in the Unicum gallery in Bruges, of which Paris was the theme. In 1954 he chose for geometric abstraction. His painted compositions and collages exist of multiplicity forms and energetic colours. Van Hoeydonck joined the group Formes (1956) where he befriended Bury. Van Hoeydonck was a founding member of G58 which organised expositions in the Hessenhuis (Antwerp). This provided an opportunity to get to know international avant-garde artists better. The painter distanced himself more from the strictness of constructivism and searched for new ways. In 1956 he integrated pieces of plexiglass into his work, which caused integrating light effects. He made several work with light in which he experimented with white on white. A stay in New York in 1961 further increased his interest for space travelling, which later became his source of inspiration. Sculpturing became his new medium. His sculpture Fallen Astronaut was left on the moon in 1971 by the astronauts of Apollo 15. In the 80’s he made photo montages, inspired by the cities he visited and in which he developed an imaginary universe in which architecture and the laws of nature are being challenged.

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