Thierry De Cordier

°1954, Ronse (BE) – lives and works in Alpujarras (ES) and Oostende (BE)

Thierry De Cordier is a philosopher, visual artist, writer and poet. As a young artist, he lived a nomadic existence that led him to reflect upon architecture as a model for social relations. For a long time, his garden was a substitute and a metaphor for the world. Later, he turned his back to the world to look at the sea.

De Cordier is an existential artist who tries to understand the world through his own experience. His work is the result of a personal quest: a search for his own identity, his relationship to the world, and his role within society. His work, in which the infinitely small is reflected in the infinitely big, develops organically from his inner psyche.

His desolate landscapes, seascapes and mountains are amongst his recent themes, partly inspired by the vast, black and white topographies of 17th and 18th-century Chinese painting, they also capture the essential qualities of the landscape and light of Northern Europe. The grey skies and ink-black seas in his paintings evoke melancholy, with the most dramatic scenes being those in which waves and mountainous cliffs fuse together to embody the forces of nature within a single primal image.

The subject of God and the definition or non-definition of God is at the core of a different group of works. Ranging from vast fields of paper where blue ink assembles into a cascade of text, to singular definitions, De Cordier’s calligraphic works communicate the artist’s illogical definitions of God. Oscillating between the absurd and the sacred, the words become the spiritual medium of an image that strives to materialise the invisible.

(courtesy of Xavier Hufkens)


Thierry De Cordier
Thierry De Cordier – Studio portrait with De Vogel, 1988–1989

Thierry De Cordier has shown his work internationally, with solo exhibitions at Royal Museums of Fine Arts, Brussels; Centre Pompidou, Paris and S.M.A.K., Ghent; and group expos at Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw; Fondazione Prada, Milan; Wiels, Brussels; Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht; Barbican, London; and Musée National d’Art Moderne, Paris.

De Cordier’s work is part of many public collections, including Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; M HKA, Antwerp; Carré d’Art, Nîmes; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C; and Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.

Thierry De Cordier is represented by the following gallery;
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Xavier Hufkens, Brussels

works by Thierry De Cordier

Thierry De Cordier - Chagrin d'écrivain - 2004

Thierry De Cordier

Chagrin d'écrivain

Thierry De Cordier - Singing in the Rain ... - 1999

Thierry De Cordier

Singing in the Rain ...


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