Lieven Demunter

The artist and his sculptures Clay, plaster, wax and bronze are the materials with which Lieven creates his personal universe, sculpture after sculpture: human beings and affable animals. He constantly experiments with shapes and movements in his quest for personal harmony. He perfectly knows how to integrate 15 years of experience into his artistic language of images. It is striking how his studio mirrors his creative environment. Human figures gather together in small groups: life-size sculptures as well as small figures of barely 10 cm high. Some are solitary; some require lots of space, other huddle together in their own world. A woman carrying her child, people squatting or bending over, proud horsemen… All of them are accompanied by animals: pigs with an uncommon sense of humor, horses reaching into the sky, powerful bulls, goats, a hare showing off like a king, birds of forlorn days… Drills, welding equipment, hammers, chisels, trash from different era’s, stuffed animals, skulls, books, pottery shards, glazes… all just seem carelessly interchangeable, but form an orderly chaos. They are all witnesses of the creative passion of an artist. “To see, to try to understand, an ongoing curiosity, re-creating and editing; all this characterizes my creations… They help me further on the way, on a quest without an end”. Lieven is a creator: his hands recreate our existing world to shape his own world. Everything is possible and therefore becomes more real, more authentic. Sometimes it is a little oppressive, but it simultaneous of life as a larger whole, whose sharp boundaries are smoothened by the imaginative power of the artist. Unlike cynicism, which is nothing else than the abstinence of love, the very strong technical work of Lieven Demunter reflects a loving embrace of all that is. Lieven Demunter is a Belgian artist. He was born in Kortrijk 1962. In 1993 his son was born. Perhaps unconsciously, he tries to capture this important event in the creation of his first sculptures. They are a starting point of a relentless creativity and an evolution as an artist. Info and sales: Pieter Pauwel Gallery, Sint-Onolfsdijk 66, 9200 Dendermonde, Belgium, +32/475/323.628