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Oh You Pretty Things




Patrick Painter Inc. is pleased to present Oh You Pretty Things, a solo exhibition featuring artworks by Belgian artist Stephan Balleux March 31 - May 5, 2018

Born in Brussels in 1974, Stephan Balleux graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 1996 and continued his education at the Higher Institute for Fine Arts in Antwerp in 2003. He is known for using existing images and often-­‐iconic photographs as inspiration for his paintings, employing his mastery of figuration. His artwork touches on surrealism and uses the various approaches of pop and conceptual art.

This new body of work collapses images and time, speaking to concepts of existence and human nature, desire, fear, and attraction. Through these allegories that are disguised in adult fairy tales, Balleux attempts to produce a particular feeling created by the many layers and possible interpretations, haunting the imagination.

Inspired by Belgian artist René Magritte, and following in the footsteps of Casper David Frederich, Balleux goes further into folktales, myths, magic, and the semi-conscious. He has a fascination with the mythical, the ghostly, and the possibilities they exude for an artist, challenging his imagination – especially in a post‐modern society.