About

Carole Vanderlinden (1973)’s paintings impress first and foremost through her use of colour. Brightly-coloured (blues, oranges, acid yellows) free geometric forms interact with one another. They aren’t flat shapes as the colours are anything but smooth; the colour on the surfaces is extremely subtle against the backdrop of several uneven layers. This results in both the abstract and the figurative. The position of shapes and repeated motifs and the separation between two distinct areas of background allow us to discern a mask, a kite or a house. However, the subject matter plays second fiddle to the painting, the way the elements play with the frame. Other canvases, subtly or overtly (both can coexist), portray a bouquet of flowers or a bush, and these break with the geometry of the whole. This painting is unrelated to any style or series. Its starting (and arrival) point lies more towards intuition. And here we should remember the etymology of this word: how it relates to the act of looking.
Ludwig Wittgenstein wrote “I really do think with my pen”. Carole Vanderlinden thinks with her painter’s tools, with colour. The act of painting (a direct link between the eye and the hand) is open to the unforeseen. Its sole aim is to rest colour on a surface, to smear, scratch and wipe it to create a work whose only objective is to convey itself: the thrill of the gesture, the whirl of colours, the clarity of form.
Carole Vanderlinden (1973) studied at the Royal School of Arts in Ghent (KASK). Recently she exhibited a broad selection of her works at a solo show organised by Zwart Huis at Art Brussels 2018, as well as at a large exhibition at De Garage (Mechelen) in 2016. She was the only painter taking part in the Kathmandu Biennale (2017) organised by Philippe Van Cauteren.


SELECTION OF SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2018
— Eight paintings, Zwart Huis, Brussels, BE
— Solo show (Zwart Huis Brussels), Art Brussels, Tour & Taxis, Brussels, BE
— Out of the blue — Recent works on paper, Garage Neven, Ninove, BE

2017
— Mon seul désir, Zwart Huis, Brussels, BE
— Totem, L’ édition Populaire, Antwerp, BE

2016
— La salle à manger de l’hôtel Leys, portraits et autres paysages imaginaires
De Garage, Mechelen, BE

2015
— Creole and Vanity, Kristof De Clercq Gallery, Ghent, BE

2013
— Nocturne, Roger Raveelmuseum, Machelen-Zulte, BE
— Nocturne, O.C.A.M., Mechelen, BE

2012
— Play with the Peacock, PocketRoom, Antwerp, BE

2010
— Whispers, Galerie Van De Weghe, Antwerp, BE

2009
— Crox 316, Croxhapox, Ghent, BE
— Carole Vanderlinden, In den bouw, Kalken, BE

2006
— Carole Vanderlinden, In-Between, Antwerp, BE

2004
— Crox 128, Croxhapox, Ghent, BE

SELECTION OF GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018
— PRESENT, Musée et Jardins Van Buuren, Brussels, BE
— Biennale of Painting, Roger Raveelmuseum, Machelen-Zulte, BE
— Lust, Laughter & Liquor. Gallery Sofie Van de Velde / Plus-One Gallery, Nieuw Zuid, Antwerp, BE
— Salon 4 Mains #02. Voyage autour d'un lapin posé, Autun, FR - Curator: Hans Theys
— Artautun # 2018, Autun, FR

2017
— Rechts/averechts, Design museum Ghent, BE - Curator: Els Huygelen
— Kathmandu International Art Festival, My City, My Studio / My City, My Life - Curator: Philippe Van Cauteren ( S.M.A.K. – Ghent, BE)

2016
— Ungenau. A selection from the S.M.A.K. collection, hommage to Jan Hoet.
CC De Werft, Geel, BE - Curator: Philippe Van Cauteren.
— Biennale of Painting: Yoknapatawpha, Roger Raveelmuseum, Machelen-Zulte, BE
— SX MT VRF #1, Croxhapox ,Ghent, BE
— Omber, Odradek & Octaëder, Galery d’Apostrof, Meigem, BE - Curator: Hans Theys

2015
— Amsterdam Drawings, Art Fair Amsterdam, Kristof De Clerq Gallery
— TRACKS- IN 4 project, Kiwanis, Oud- Sint Jan Brugge, BE

2014
— Duo exhibition with German Stegmaier, Kristof De Clerq Gallery, Ghent
— Biennale of Painting, Roger Raveelmuseum, Machelen-Zulte, BE
— Verf na Van Eyck, 25 jaar Croxaphox, Ghent, BE

2013
— The Gunshot, Galerie Marion De Cannière, Antwerp, BE
— 4 Aus Belgien, Galerie Rasche Ripkin, Berlin, DE
— FACTURA 2013, CIAP, Hasselt, BE
— IK WORDT, Voorkamer, Lier, BE

2012
— Brisure, artistieke verwantschappen, Belfius, Brussels, BE

2011
— Nietsvermoedend in het park, Pocket Room, Antwerp, BE
— Untitled, Galerie Van De Weghe, Antwerp, BE
— La part des anges, Villa De Olmen, Wieze, BE

2010
— Buiten, BKKC, Tilburg, NL

2009
— De Collectie, Nucleo & S.M.A.K., Ghent, BE
— Gasthoven 09, CC Het Gasthuis, Aarschot, BE
— Fading, Museum van Elsene, Brussels, BE

2008
— Kunstsalon, Circa, Ghent, BE
— Canvascollectie, Bozar, Brussels, BE
— Warp, Voka, Sint-Niklaas , BE

2007
— Slow, Z33, Hasselt, BE
— Schilderproject 1, Croxhapox, Ghent, BE
— Nucleo bureau, Ghent, BE

2003
— Grand Tour, Museum voor Schone Kunsten, Ghent, BE
— BASICS # 1, Croxhapox, Ghent, BE

PUBLICATIONS

2017
— MON SEUL DESIR, Ed. Posture Editions n°24, Ghent, BE
text: Hans Theys
— OZA, three original lithographs, Ed. Ludion, Antwerp, BE
— Un livre de peintre: Bougainvillae, Ed. Ergo Pers Ghent, BE

2015
— CREOLE & VANITY, Ed. MER. Paper Kunsthalle, Ghent, BE
text: Philippe Van Cauteren, Hans Theys & Inge Braeckman

2013
— NOCTURNE, Ed. Posture Editions n°6, Ghent, BE
text: Hans Theys
— FACTURA 2013, CIAP, Hasselt
text: Willem Elias
— IK WORDT, Voorkamer, Lier
— Ed.MER. Paper Kunsthalle, Ghent

2012
— FOCUS. EEN BLIK OP 100 KUNSTENAARS, Ed. Snoeck, Gent
Text: Hans Theys
— BRISURE, ARTISTIEKE VERWANTSCHAPPEN, Belfius Bank
Text: Stef Van Bellingen & Marc Ruyters

2009
— DE COLLECTIE, catalogue, Nucleo, Ghent, BE
— FADING, catalogue, Museum van Elsene, Brussels, BE

2008
— ZOOM IN - ZOOM OUT, Z33 , Hasselt, BE
— SLOW, Z33, Hasselt, BE