Guy Mees

1935 · Belgium

Artist biography

Guy Mees is seen as an established contemporary artist, who originates from Belgium. Guy Mees was born in 1935. Also born in Belgium around 1935 and of the same generation are Marcel Broodthaers, Pierre Alechinsky and Jean-Michel Folon.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Guy Mees' work is on display at Galerie Micheline Szwajcer in Brussels, Belgium. Guy Mees' work has most recently been displayed during the exhibition Implicit Movement at Sofie Van de Velde in Antwerp, Belgium. The exhibition was open from 10 January 2020 until 29 February 2020. Guy Mees' other most recent exhibitions listed on Artland include the exhibitions at; Sofie Van de Velde in Antwerp (15 March 2019 - 04 May 2019) with the name The Bare Necessity and Sofie Van de Velde in Antwerp (20 October 2018 - 25 November 2018) with the name Group Show, Interaction. Guy Mees' first listed exhibition in Artland's database was called Group Show, Interaction and took place at Sofie Van de Velde in Antwerp, Belgium from the 20 October 2018 to 25 November 2018.

Historical Context of Belgium

Bordered by France and the Netherlands, the modest country of Belgium has been considerably influenced by its neighbours throughout time and asserted itself as a vibrant and inventive 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. Highly 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 Guy Mees

Guy Mees was born in 1935 and was predominantly influenced creatively by the 1950s growing up. New York City became the focus for modernism on an international scale during the Post-War period. Many artists had travelled to the city during the Second World War, fleeing in exile from Europe. This led to a significant pooling of talent and ideas. Influential Europeans such as Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffmann provided inspiration for American artists whilst in New York, and influenced cultural growth in the United States for many later decades. Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb were predominant artists of this time. The male dominated environment has been subsequently revisited to recognise the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Guy Mees