1960 born in Eike, Belgium
Graduate of Audenaerde Fine Arts School with a medal in Sculpture and Art Deco
Graduate of Gent Sint Lucas Institute, Gent, Belgium
1987 professional artist status
1978 Severien de Lathouwer prize
1982 Auguste Vermeylen Prize, Special Award, Oostende, Belgium
1985 Auguste Vermeylen Prize, Special Award, Oostende, Belgium
1983 Contemporary Art Fair, Brussels, Belgium
1988 – 2007 Lineart International Artfair, Gent, Belgium
Jacques Van den Abeele, a Belgian sculptor, is exhibited in galleries spread over Belgium, France, The Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States of America. He realized also monumental sculptures for state orders.
For Jacques Van den Abeele, art is above all a quest for the essential foundations of existence, moving towards what lies behind appearances: feelings, emotions, fears. His sculptures thus allow us to see the fragility and the transcience of life, like the ephemeral sound of a note of music which, barely perceived, already fades and disappears. The artist works directly in wax and from this the statue is cast following the”lost wax” principle which makes each item a totally unique piece. He himself does the surface finishing and creates the patina on his works and wild expectations. If it so happens – only in a few cases –that a man is present, they engage in a game of cards during which the lady will invariably draw an ace of hearts which she meaningfully pushes under the man’s nose. This might be called a form of seduction.
He was born in 1960 in Belgium. He still lives there. He graduated at the Oudenaarde Fine Arts Academy and received the Belgium Government Medal for Decorative Arts and Sculpture. He also graduated in Drawing (living models) at the Saint Lucas Academy in Gent.
By combining full and empty spaces, Jacques Van den Abeele gives power and mystery to this themes, whether they are animals or human characters. His sculptures are casted according to the official bronze-casters charter in eight numbered copies and four numbered artist copies. However, since Jacques Van den Abeele works directly on wax, each individual copy is original and different from the others.
Van den Abeele won several awards and his sculptures have been purchased by museums, local councils and private collectors in Europe.