PHILIPPE H. DEQUESNE b. 1954 Belgium

Belgian artist Philippe Herman Dequesne was trained as an architect at the Institut St-Luc in Belgium. Afterwards, he studied under the painter Rémy Aron at the Ateliers Beaux-Arts in Paris. In 1999, he began teaching drawing at the Ecole Supérieure des Arts et Techniques in Paris. He has been exhibiting his work in France and Belgium since 1995 and his work is in private collections in Germany, Australia, Belgium, Colombia, France, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Switzerland and across the US. He now lives and works in Paris, France.

Although Dequesne was trained as an architect and teaches drawing, he is known for his painting. He creates dreamlike still lifes, landscapes, interiors and seascapes in a style that he has distinguished as his own. His luminous paintings use thick layers of paint, subdued color palettes and sensitive attention to detail. His works lack the noise of human intervention and thus become quiet and calm little worlds; the gentle lighting and carefully articulated forms come together to create figurative scenes that verge on abstraction.

Jean Dubois commented on Dequesne’s work:

Two qualifiers, usually opposed, summarize what one feels in front of a Philippe Dequesne canvas: strength and sensitivity. The strength lies in the way he structures his compositions. Whether in his interiors, landscapes or still lifes, the presence of the motif is permeated with an impressive solidity. Our interest in the details gives way, as we are immediately captivated by the skillful construction shaping the space. He has an amazing way of playing with planes and combining verticals and horizontals so that our eye is willingly immersed into the overall architecture… what’s essential is that Dequesne is capable of providing the viewer with matter to revel in both forms and colors.


EDUCATION

1999-2012 Professor of drawing, Ecole Supérieure des Arts et Techniques, Paris, France
2006 European Commission Coordinator of the Maison des Artistes, France
2006 Auditor, Cultural Center of Belem. UNESCO World Conference on Arts Education, Lisbon, Portugal
2004 2005 UNESCO International Association of Art Member
1999 Representative of Belgium, International Diplomatic Academy of Paris, France
19881999 Student of Rémy Aron, Ateliers Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
1980 Architecture Degree, Institut St-Luc, Brussels, Belgium

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2010 Present Galerie Artrial, Perpignan, France
2010 Present Galerie Albert 1er, Brussels, Belgium
2000 Present Galerie Colette Dubois, Paris, France
1999 Kunstkreis de Norden, Germany
1994-2007 International Gallery of Lasne, Belgium

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

1993-2003 Salon Grands et Jeunes d’Aujourd’hui, Paris, France
1993-2003 Salon Grands et Jeunes d’Aujourd’hui, Luxembourg
1991-2002 Salon d’Automne, Paris
1996-1998 Salon des Artistes Naturalistes, Paris Museum of Natural History
1997 Salon Artis Anima, Noisy-sur-Ecole, France
1996 100 Contemporains, Rosny-sous-bois, France
1996 Neauphles-le-Château, France
1995 Comparaisons, Paris

 

AWARDS AND PRIZES

2001 Grand Prix Madeleine Couderc, Baron Taylor Foundation, Paris, France
1995 Winner of Salon de Peinture du Musée de Barbizon, France
1994 Prix d’Excellence, awarded by Canadian teachers for the illustration of the book Gorille des Montagnes