STARSTUFF: Paintings by Marc Lambrechts
Marc Lambrecht’s STARSTUFF series of paintings reflects the artist’s fascination with cosmology and the search for our place in the Universe—themes that have surfaced repeatedly in his work over the years.
The diverse range of materials used in Lambrechts’ paintings, such as ink, clay, plaster and wood, are emblematic of the array of elements that make up our world; elements that were created from exploding stars. Sometimes, the ground material in its bare purity is but subtly treated to reveal its inherent beauty and order. His lava paintings, for example, makes use of the glittery black sands that came from the guts of the planet on which we inhabit.
To the eyes of any star-gazer, astronomer, or particle physicist, the phenomena the artist depicts in his paintings may be recognizable as the events observed in natural science. They are not, however, meant to be ‘exact’ depictions, as Lambrechts’ work is more poetry than scientific dissertation.
It is the characteristics of the materials and the mystery of the Universal scale—the infinitely small and the infinitely big—that interest the artist most in creating STARSTUFF.
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Marc Lambrechts (Belgian, b. 1955)
Marc Lambrechts was born in Lier, Belgium and currently lives and works in New York City, United States.
Lambrechts’ early studies in art took place at the Higher Sint-Lucas Institute in Brussels, Belgium, after which he obtained a scholarship to study printmaking in Bratislava, Slovakia. Upon returning to Belgium, he started working as a visual artist in charge of graphics and displays at the Center for Brussels Amateur Theater. His prints soon received widespread acclaim, which led to collaborations with Moving Space Gallery in Ghent. In 1983, he moved to New York City and studied printmaking at the Pratt Institute, and quickly acquired representation at Tibor de Nagy Gallery. His first New York exhibition with the gallery was featured in Art News.
Lambrechts has exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Europe, including Meeting in Brooklyn at the castle Alden Biesen, in Bilzen, Belgium (2014). Upcoming shows include solo exhibitions in Belgium (2016) and Miami (2017).
His work is currently featured in private, corporate, and institutional collections worldwide, including The Mint Museum of Art, The Aldrich Museum for Contemporary Art, Proteck Pharmaceuticals, David and Lucille Packard Foundation, and the Edward Albee Collection. He also served as guest professor at the Higher Institute for the Arts in Antwerp, Belgium.
Lambrechts’ work is chronicled in Willem Elias’ Aspects of Belgian Art After 1945 and Twenty Five Years of Graphic Art in Flanders, and has been reviewed in well-known periodicals such as the New York Arts Magazine, the New York Times, Arts and Entertainment, Le Soir, and Kunst and Cultuur.
As evident in Starstuff, Lambrechts’ training in printmaking is a key influence on his painted oeuvre. Also central to his painterly language and choice of media are his extensive travels to Southeast Asia and West Africa. STARSTUFF was first curated by Seol Park of Spark Art Management in 2014 which was presented in London, UK, in collaboration with Tomasso Brothers Fine Art.