Nel Aerts

°1987, Belgium (BE) - lives and works in Antwerp (BE)

Nel Aerts moves in a freely, intuitive way between different media as painting, drawing, collage, performance and sculpture. Since a few years she focuses more often on the portrait-genre, which she visualises on paper or on wooden panels, with careful attention to the different qualities of each material. As such, she is creating a large collection (family almost) of posing subjects caught between abstract patterns and hard-edged figuration. The figures she portraits refer to both popular culture and her direct, everyday surroundings.

The self-portraits are tragicomic in the sense of the contrasts they evoke. Alternately they are desperate or funny, extra- or introverted, thought- or playful carved from wood or originated as a collage, but they are always introspective and self-relativistic.

 

 

Nel Aerts
Nel Aerts (Photo by Dennis & Did. Courtesy of Flanders DC)

Her work was also shown in group exhibitions such as Europe, Europe (curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Thomas Boutoux and Gunnar B. Kvaran) at Astrup Fearnley Museet, Oslo; Season of the Which (curated by Marie de Gaulejac) at Castillo/Corrales, Paris; Salon der Angst (curated by Nicolaus Schafhausen & Cathérine Hug) at Kunsthalle, Vienna; Un-Scene II (curated by Elena Filipovic & Anne-Claire Schmitz) at WIELS, Brussels; De Vierkantigste Rechthoek (curated by Tom Barman) at Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort; MOTinternational, Brussels; Gladstone Gallery, Brussels; and Kunsthalle Charlottenborg, Copenhagen.

Nel Aerts is represented by the following gallery;
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Plus-One Gallery, Antwerpen

Carl Freedman Gallery, London

You can view more work on Nel Aerts’ own website.

works by Nel Aerts

Nel Aerts - The Wanderer Paintings - 2019

Nel Aerts

The Wanderer Paintings

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Nel Aerts - Artist Desk - 2017

Nel Aerts

Artist Desk

Nel Aerts - Artist Desk - 2017

Nel Aerts

Artist Desk

Nel Aerts - Artist Desk - 2017

Nel Aerts

Artist Desk

Nel Aerts - Artist Desk - 2017

Nel Aerts

Artist Desk

Nel Aerts - Artist Desk - 2017

Nel Aerts

Artist Desk

Nel Aerts - Artist Desk - 2017

Nel Aerts

Artist Desk

Nel Aerts - Artist Desk - 2017

Nel Aerts

Artist Desk

Nel Aerts - Artist Desk - 2017

Nel Aerts

Artist Desk

Nel Aerts - Artist Desk - 2017

Nel Aerts

Artist Desk

Nel Aerts - Artist Desk - 2017

Nel Aerts

Artist Desk

Nel Aerts - Dames van Plezier: Donna - 2015

Nel Aerts

Dames van Plezier: Donna

Nel Aerts - Dames van Plezier: Chastity - 2015

Nel Aerts

Dames van Plezier: Chastity

Nel Aerts - Dames van Plezier: Frankie - 2015

Nel Aerts

Dames van Plezier: Frankie

Nel Aerts - Dames van Plezier: Buffy - 2015

Nel Aerts

Dames van Plezier: Buffy

Nel Aerts - Dames van Plezier: Ginger - 2015

Nel Aerts

Dames van Plezier: Ginger

Nel Aerts - Dames van Plezier: Candy - 2015

Nel Aerts

Dames van Plezier: Candy

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