Léon Wuidar

°1938, Liège (BE) - lives and works in Esneux (BE)

Léon Wuidar has explored geometric abstraction for over 60 years, refining his own particular approach which is informed by and deeply connected to the architecture and its concerns of light, space, volume and perspective. Wuidar has often cited his childhood memory of destroyed buildings in post-war Belgium as a key influence on his practice, as well as his continuing friendship and collaboration with Belgian architect Charles Vandenhove, who designed the Brutalist house and studio in Esneux where Wuidar lives and works. ‘A house is an assembly of geometric shapes, so Charles and I have a common vocabulary’ he has said.

Wuidar’s paintings are characterised by their formal precision, which is predicated on a series of dualities set up within the picture plane. Symmetry is set against asymmetry, for example, hard-edged forms set against organic or soft-edged shapes and bold colour offset by neutral tones. Compositions are built up using a range of fundamental forms: squares, rectangles, polygons or curves, which are repeated, inverted and contrasted with blocks of colour. Wuidar frequently delineates areas of the compositions – or the entire picture itself – with lines or bands of colour, allowing such forms to command their own space as well as playing an integral part in the overall image construction.

(courtesy of White Cube)

 

Léon Wuidar
Léon Wuidar in his studio (Photo by Joke De Wilde. Courtesy of the artist)

For the last 60 years, Léon Wuidar regularly exhibited in Belgium and Europe. Recent solo exhibitions include Musée des Arts Contemporains, Grand-Hornu; Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zürich; White Cube, London; and Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels. His work is present in many public collections in Belgium,

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Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels

You can also discover more of Wuidar’s work on his own website.

works by Léon Wuidar

Léon Wuidar - Clown, 2021

Léon Wuidar

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