Works and lives in Antwerp, Belgium. For the past years, since graduating as a master sculptor at the Royal Academy of Antwerp, Florian Tomballe has mainly focussed on finding his way through the figurative realm. Both disciplined as a draughtsman and a sculptor, he has made way, from an archaic understanding of the figure, to an accomplished classical approach, resulting in monumental full standing figures, as well as the art of portraiture. In more recent times, this path has led to a firm abstracted approach of our human form and its inhabiting world, the soul. It is in this that he finds most freedom, creativity and trust, in order to grow. Florian: “I grew up in a family where everyone was an artist. Visiting museums and my father’s studio were common to me. After graduating in sculpture at the Royal Academy of Antwerp, I started my own studio where I originally studied the classical ways. Gradually, a desire to be swift and without rules has made way for a new free form and direction within my practice. After ten years in my studio, I feel things are coming together and can grow limitlessly.” The work by Florian has been internationally recognised through various group exhibitions in London, New York, Antwerp and Spain, which has resulted in important sales. Florian’s work is now part of collections owned by the LVMH group, collectors such as Sting (The Police), Peter Marino (Architect and interior designer) and private collectors from Belgium, The Netherlands, France, Norway, USA (New York and Miami), UAE (Dubai), Canada … Florian’s work had been published in several art magazines such as AKT, ABSOLUUT, SABATO,… It is the beautiful sculptural quality that makes the work of Florian important and attractive. Florian’s work can best be described as a mixture between synthetical abstraction/cubism and the Greek Kouros, inspired by the work of Braque and Picasso. The freedom of his workplace gives Florian the oxygen and strength to further develop his artistry in a healthy way.
Jeroen Boudens °1956 Works and lives in Ostend, Belgium. The work of Jeroen Boudens can best be described as a mix of abstract and graphic minimalism. Strongly inspired by his graphic education in the 70s and his interest in African art, specifically the outspoken graphic lines of the Shoowa tapestry from the Kuba tribe. Jeroen’s work evokes a strong emotional bond between the viewer and the paintings. Strong graphic black and whites, deep greys and oranges, geometrical forms in pastels, such as light blue and powder pink, are the proof of pure mastery of colour and composition. His non-figurative monumental artworks look seemingly effortless but appearances can be deceiving. When Jeroen starts to paint, he is extremely focused and, being a perfectionist, he sands down each layer before putting on the next, creating the perfect lines and colour areas The work of Jeroen brings us the opportunity to look deeper into the world of abstract art, suprematism, constructivism and neoplasticism. It also invites us to take a closer look at the tribal Congolese art that has been an inspiration for so many. Jeroen’s work has a national and international reputation. There have been group and solo shows in Bruges, Antwerp and Ghent, but also in Cologne, Sittard and Rijswijck in Holland. His work stretches out to Tokio, Japan. STUDIO23 strongly believes in the work by Jeroen Boudens, as they are in so many ways beautiful, decorative and educative.