Jean Claude Wouters (Brussels 1958) is a belgian artist, who lived in Brussels, Paris, Tokyo, Italy, Dubai, Los Angeles. He studied drawing from an early age, then Ballet, film and various performing arts.
In his career as an artist he has shown an intense sensitivity to the nature of both the body and the spirit.
After studying and dancing with Maurice Béjart and Lindsay Kemp in the late 70’s, Wouters started to work as a performing artist and as an independent filmmaker, with his work selected by the British Film Institude, the Director Forthnight at the Cannes Film Festival in 1981 (Brian Eno-Music for Films), and received several awards in international film festivals.
Selected solo exhibitions include “PORTRAITS & NUDES” Ariel Meyrowitz Gallery（New York, 2005), “FACES”, Knott Gallery (Brussels, 2008), “PORTRAITS”, “SHADOW OF THE SKY”, ”BUDDHAS” The Marunouchi Gallery（Tokyo 2006, 2008, 2009), "LANDSCAPES ” The Empty Quarter Gallery (Dubai, 2009), Taka Ishii Gallery (Kyoto 2010), “PORTRAITS & BUDDHAS” Noho Modern (Los Angeles 2011), “L’AGNEAU MYSTIQUE” Loo&Lou Gallery (Paris 2016)
Wouters has also collaborated with fashion designer Marc Jacobs for ARTREAGEOUS at Bloomingdale’s（New York,2007). In 2011, he performed in the LACMA museum (Los Angeles), and in the MOCA museum (Tucson, AZ).
In 2012 he was awarded the POLLOCK-KRASNER Foundation Grant.
" Works on display are created by the analog method of photographing and re-photographing repeatedly an “original” image. This unique approach captures daily light present as part of the process and the resulting works gradually develop as more abstract and painterly. Pale images slowly appear and when present activate the imagination and memories of viewers in various ways - sometimes producing an apparently infinitely expanding visual field. With a deep respect for great Masters of paintings, Wouters creates painterly and sensual works using photography as a medium.
Jean Claude Wouters continues to work in the grand tradition of master portraiture."
Taka Ishii Gallery Kyoto - 2010
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