photo: Marie Dreezen ©
photo: Marie Dreezen ©

Iris Van der Kerken studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. Ever since graduation, her work has been about developing an outspoken figurative and narrative - often autobiographically inspired - oeuvre. Her way of working isn't an exuberant exploration or celebration of painting. Layer after layer the images gradually take shape. It is a slow process which is an undeniable display of ongoing inner conversations, self-questioning, and considerations. Oil paint, canvas and the long and rich history of painting are her resources to translate these contemplations into a universal and contemporary pictorial language in order to communicate with a like-minded audience. The work isn't about asking for answers to her own personal questions and reflections but rather her way of dealing with everyday life, finding out what and where her place is and trying to grasp what she stands for both as a painter and an individual. It may also both unravel and summarize what she believes to be common feelings or even struggles for many among us. In fact, it is simply an invitation to wander off for a moment in her serene universe.


book available from now on:

De Groene Waterman, Antwerpen,

Salvator Boekhandel, Mechelen,

De Zondvloed, Mechelen,

De Boekuil, Mortsel,

Erik Tonen Books, Antwerpen,

Galerie Berkenveld, Wilrijk,

De Wieuw, Antwerpen & Sint-Niklaas,

Standaard Boekhandel, Lier,