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Stephan Balleux, The Midsummer Marriage, pastel on paper, 230x430 cm, 2007

Stephan Balleux
(b. 1974, Brussels, Belgium). Lives and works in Brussels.

The work of Stephan Balleux dramatises the activity of painting. You see an obvious stroke of applied paint, whether you are looking at a portrait, an interior or a relatively abstract play of forms. 

Balleux paints figurative images, which tackle classical motifs, saving his work from mere conceptual narcissism. He may cast a skull as a model, photographing it as a basis for a painting. Layer by layer, the painting takes shape. First comes the drawing and then the paint, until the piece looks effortless. Balleux also employs illusionist devices. He paints so dextrously that one would scarely realise that the canvas had been painted if he did not continually remind us of the fact. 

In the last couple of years, Stephan Balleux has exhibited at the following: Saarlandisches Künstlerhaus, Saarbrucken (GE), Iselp, Brussels (BE), Wiels, Brussels (BE), Musée d’Ixelles (BE), La Maison Particulière, Brussels (BE), La Centrale Electrique, Brussels (BE), BroelMuseum, Kortrijk (BE), D+T Project, Brussels (BE), Larmgalleri, Copenhagen (DK), Le Fresnoy, Tourcoing (F), Fondation Culture et Dévelopement, Sofia (BG), Glaspaleis, Heerlen (NL)

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Selected Recent Exhibitions

2016
Group show, D+T Project Gallery, Brussels

Permanent installation by Stephan BALLEUX at La Boverie Museum, Liège, Belgium
2015
Soren’s Chamber, D+T Project Gallery, Brussels

La Galerie Particulière, Paris

2014
La peinture et son double, Musée d’Ixelles, Brussels, BE(catalogue)
Solo show, Rotterdam Art Fair, D+T Project, NL
2013
Balleux /Prinz, D+T project, Brussels, BE
Clopen set, Maison de la culture, Namur, BE(catalogue)
The withdrawing room, Saarländisches Künstlerhaus, GE
Même, ISELP, Brussels, BE
Solo show, Larmgalleri, Copenhagen, DA
2012
Solo show, 47èmes Fêtes de la Saint-Martin, Tourinnes-la-grosse, BE
Spectrum, WEPROJECT, Brussels, BE
2011
Paradise lost paradise, Broelmuseum, Kortrijk, BE