From 1970 to 1997, I stayed a figurative artist in different mediums : oil painting, commercial art, cartooning, pastel, inks, mixed media, etc. But never watercolor painting.
Therefore, during this period, I have several personal and collective exhibitions to my name.
Around 1996/97, with the arrival of computers, and during a period of about twelve « subsistence » years, I dedicated myself mainly to infographics !
So for 12 ou 13 years until 2007/2008 I didn’t draw !
This statement is at once real and inaccurate… Absurd ? Contradictory ? No.
I piled up, here and there, some 500 to 700 sketches and attempts drawn spontaneously using a ballpoint pen, a fell-tip marker, a pencil on various pieces of paper : white, lined, checkered, etc.
2001 Ixelles Museum : I discover Zao Wou-ki. And then something clicks into place !
From 2002 to 2009 : I visit many exhibitions of abstract and contemporary painters.
2009 Villers-St-Ghislain (Mons) : watercolor courses are organized.
This will be the starting point of a «come back» I no longer hoped for… And a daring move towards abstract watercolors.
Late 2008 and 2009, my beginnings as a watercolor painter weren’t easy, yet after 6 or 7 months of practice my doubts became certainties.
Nevertheless, to reach a objective doesn’t exclude an occasional and constructive re-assessment !