Guy Pieters Gallery Zeedijk
Roger Raveel - on view 17 and 18 April 2021
Artist on show
In 2021 we celebrate the 100th birthday of Roger Raveel who was born on July 15, 1921 in Machelen-aan-de-Leie, the village where he continued to work and live until his death in 2013 and where his museum still stands today and his works can be seen.
Roger Raveel was born on July 15, 1921 in Machelen-aan-de-Leie, a village near Ghent where he always lived and worked until his death on January 30, 2013. He studied at the Municipal Academy of Deinze and the Royal Academy for Fine Arts of Ghent. His teachers included Hubert Malfait and Jos Verdeghem. Through his friend Hugo Claus he encountered painters of the Cobra group such as Karel Appel and Corneille in the early 1950s. Raveel nevertheless decided to take completely different paths with his practice as a painter. In 1962 he spends three months in Albisola Mare (Italy) where he works and exhibits with artists such as Lucio Fontana and Asger Jorn.
In the second half of the 1950s he evolved towards a more abstract painting that has its roots in experiencing the organic, the vegetative, the animate. Around 1962 he painted the triptych 'Neerhof' with a cage with a live pigeon in the middle in an attempt to establish a direct dialogue between art and reality, his 'New Vision'.
In 1966-67 Raveel transforms the basement corridors of the castle in Beervelde, near Ghent, into a pictorial environment. He is assisted by Etienne Elias, Raoul De Keyser and Reinier Lucassen. After the paintings in Beervelde a number of painted objects are created such as 'Illusion group' and 'Garden with cart to transport the sky'. His alert environmental awareness leads the artist to visualize his engagement through manifestations such as 'De Zwanen van Brugge' and 'Raveel op de Leie' (1971). Almost 20 years later, in 1990, Roger Raveel commemorates the outbreak of World War II by driving a painted wardrobe mounted on wheels through Brussels' city center.
For his artistic activity and his contribution to art history, Roger Raveel receives honorable mentions at the Prize for Young Belgian Painters (1958 and 1960) and an award in the Europe Prize (1962), the International Joost vanden Vondel Prize (1983), the Golden Medal of Honor of the Flemish Council (1992), the title of Knight (1995) and the Van Acker Prize (1996).