1955 - 2017 (BE)
In a very accessible and recognisable figurative style, Ghent painter Lucas Devriendt focuses on the essence of painting: on the canvas, with brush, paint, model and studio. He did this through contemporary versions of classic genre paintings such as still lifes and landscapes, but above all by painting portraits.
Devriendt’s studio played an important role here: as a place where he set up small still lifes, where his models posed and where he painted, but also as a background in his paintings. Often the models posed in front of a white canvas hanging ready in his studio – like a picture within a picture. The small red table he used in his studio is also present in numerous works. Usually, you see the table in the background, but sometimes it is also depicted very prominently – then all you see is a small red table full of paint stains with a smoking cigarette on the edge, waiting for the painter to return to his work.