Philippe Van Snick

°1946, Ghent (BE) - 2019, Brussels (BE)

The artistic practice of Philippe Van Snick, one of Belgium’s foremost abstract painters, includes paintings, wall paintings, installations, sculptures and works on paper. His work is often characterised by extremely simple forms and by the constant use of the same colours, which are intimately related to the space in which they are presented.

By using simple and limited materials, which are always suffused with a desire for order, Van Snick attempts to research, analyse and create space by means of minimal expression. In this way, the notion of painting in the work of Van Snick never limits itself to the painted surface, as he attaches great importance to the manifested interaction among the individual viewer, his work and the surrounding architecture.


Philippe Van Snick
Philippe Van Snick (Photo by Joris Casaer)

Philippe Van Snick has had many solo exhibitions in international institutions, including Museum M, Leuven; Witte de With, Rotterdam; De Appel, Amsterdam; MAM, Rio de Janeiro, which travelled to Museu Cidade Sao Paulo (together with Daniel Steegmann Mangrané); Arcade, London; Espace d’Art Contemporain, Lausanne; Wide White Space Gallery, Antwerp; and S.M.A.K., Ghent.

His work was also shown in several international group exhibitions, including The Gap (curated by Luc Tuymans) at Parasol Unit, London; Kunsthal, Rotterdam; Royal Museum of Fine Arts, Brussels; Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montréal, and Centre National d’art Contemporain, Grenoble. He also participated in the 48th Venice Biennale. Apart from numerous private collections in Europe, the USA and Latin America, his work is also featured in important international public collections, including MoMA, New York; Collection Frac Nord Pas de Calais, Duinkerke; Mu.ZEE, Ostend; M HKA, Antwerp; S.M.A.K., Ghent; Collection of National Bank of Belgium, Brussels; and Collectie Vedute, Amsterdam.

Philippe Van Snick is represented by the following gallery;
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Nuno Centeno, Porto

Galeria Jaqueline Martins, Sao Paulo / Brussels

You can also discover more of Philippe Van Snick’s work on the website of his estate.

works by Philippe Van Snick

Philippe Van Snick - Agave Americana - 2019

Philippe Van Snick

Agave Americana

Philippe Van Snick - Architectuur - 1996

Philippe Van Snick


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