Born in 1965, Ludwig Cluyse is a Belgian contemporary figurative artist. His preferred medium is oil paint on linen.
In 2020, the artist received the 'Cultural Laureate' award (Haacht, Belgium). He had solo exhibitions in cultural institutes of Flanders, Belgium (2017 and 2020), and private galleries in Brussels (2018, 2019) and Geneva, Switzerland (2019).
The artist sees himself as a chronicler of the life he observes in his cosmopolitan environment, in the heart of Belgium and Europe.
Ludwig Cluyse has had a passion for art, and painting in particular, since a young age. He has a scientific background, and pursued a successful career in the digital world while having a passion for painting. He was also an avid fan of observational astronomy, which has sharpened his sensitivity to colours from nature.
The artist is keen on capturing the increasing solitude in, and alienation from, a fast-paced ever-changing society, in which all foundations of stability and moral standards are being questioned.
The artist is fascinated by the impact that technology has on our lives and how rumours/gossip in social and other media challenges the perception of reality and our existence as never before. He attempts to convey duality in his art - the blurred lines between the real and abstract, real and surreal, certain and uncertain.
The depiction of the human body and portraiture remain the preferred topics of capturing emotion in his art.
Ludwig Cluyse is inspired by a long figurative Flemish tradition, by Belgian artists as Constant Permeke and Michael Borremans, as well as by the techniques used by Egon Schiele and Lucian Freud.
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