Bruno VAN DYCKE (°Bruges, Belgium), oil paintings and charcoal drawings.
Trained as a teacher Fine Arts at Sint-Lucasinstituut in Gent (Belgium) and Pictorial Art in the Academies of Fine Arts in Gent (Jan Burssens) and Bruges (Willy Lambrechts, Johan Janssens).
Bruno VAN DYCKE paints stones. He’s mad about painting and is unceasingly in search of a powerful shape, intense light and colour, search out of which is growing his oeuvre. Canvas, paint, chalk, brushes, palette knife and fingers mould his paint into that something that suggests volume and timelessness. This artist completely looses himself in the act of painting that decides the shape of his subject. He abandons himself altogether through time and that gift called “wonderment”.
As an artist he is in search of simplicity in a world ruled by excess in which we are compelled to flee for images, ugliness, rubbish and nonsense continually fired at us from all angles. Simplicity, time and silence, suggested in old pieces of rock. Swinging from paint to volume in a subtle equilibrium between the abstract and the figurative. Paint turns into shape. Shape turns into tangible silence. Silence of stone.
This doesn’t keep him from being playful, though. Playing with light. Look at the rock from every possible angle. Being a sophisticated colorist, he plays with colour as well. Most stones and rocks enclose and hide a multitude of colours and shades.
Enjoy the “skin” of these stones. Sealed compositions. Tightly sealed. A miracle of paint turning into “stone”.
These stones are complete, finished. Look onto themselves. In their innermost they deeply enclose energy, the sacred and time.
Bruno Van Dycke went through a long search. A stone can be suggested with just a couple of virtuoso, can’t it? The artist doubts, hesitates. You can’t set down “time” just like that, impulsively. Time has to seep in to the rock. Painting takes time, paint wants time.
So do looking and watching.
After the text of Johan DEBRUYNE in (h)ART, Magazine for contemporary Art, October 2013