Freddy Van Parys

1952 · Belgium

Artist biography

Freddy Van Parys is a contemporary artist considered well established, who originates from Belgium. Freddy Van Parys was born in 1952. Some of the artist's contemporarie that are from the same generation and country include Luc Tuymans and Francis Alÿs.

Freddy Van Parys' exhibition

Freddy Van Parys most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Hopstreet in Brussels with the exhibition VISIBLE – INVISIBLE. The exhibition was open from 11 May 2019 until 05 July 2019.

Historical Context of Belgium

Surrounded by France and the Netherlands, the modest country of Belgium has been significantly influenced by its neighbours throughout time and asserted itself as an exciting and innovative artistic hub in the second half of the nineteenth century. Belgian art productions were essential in the unfolding of Surrealism in the 1930s, mainly through the works of Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Among others, Marcel Broodthaers, Wim Delvoye, Francis Alys and Luc Tuymans are key figures of the Belgian art scene of the twentieth century. Greatly influenced by Belgian artists, the Symbolist movement was a prominent artistic trend, early predecessor to Surrealism, and including artists such as Léon Spilliaert, Jean Delville, Fernand Khnopff and James Ensor. As the era of the avant-garde began to take place in Europe towards the late nineteenth century, Brussels turned into a focal point for the Art Nouveau movement, which included the architect Victor Horta amongst its founders.

Further Biographical Context for Freddy Van Parys

Freddy Van Parys was born in 1952 and was largely influenced by the 1970s growing up. The art sphere of the 1970s was epitomized by a desire to evolve and strengthen itself, as a reaction to the many tensions of the previous decade. One of the most important movement of the 1970s was Conceptualism, which emerged as an offshoot of Minimalism, while the experimental, creative voyage of Process art emerged by combining essential elements of Conceptualism with further reflections on art itself. The initial ideas of environmentalism sprung from Land Art, which took art into earth itself, carving the land and bringing art to the outdoors. For the first time since the regression of Abstract Expressionism, Expressive figure painting slowly re-emerged and regained its status, predominantly in Germany through the works of critically acclaimed figures Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer and Georg Baselitz. The city of New York remained as the most prominent artistic hub of the decade, with international artists wandering through the downtown scene, visiting bars and art galleries, consolidating the idea of New York City as a cosmopolitan and sophisticated cultural capital. In the eastern part of the globe, Japanese and Korean artists who showed a strong interest in the European philosophy of phenomenology, associated with the Mono-Ha movement, exploring and shifting the frontiers between natural and industrial materials. Using stone, glass, cotton, sponge, wood, oil and water, they intended to create life to artworks that would emphasize the ephemeral state of these various elements and their surroundings, playing with their interdependency.

Freddy Van Parys

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