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Thierry De Cordier

ZEEBERG, 2011
Oil paint on canvas mounted on panel
120 × 118 cm | 47 1/4 × 46 1/2 inches
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Thierry De Cordier is a philosopher, performer, sculptor, writer and poet. As a young artist, he lived a nomadic existence that caused him to reflect upon architecture as a model for social relations. For a long time, his garden was a substitute and a metaphor for the world. Later, he turned his back to the world to look at the sea. Thierry De Cordier is an existential artist who tries to understand the world through his own experience. His work is the result of a personal quest: a search for his own identity, his relationship to the world, and his role within society. His work, in which the infinitely small is reflected in the infinitely big, develops organically from his inner psyche. In the last few decades, Thierry De Cordier has dedicated himself to painting. Recurrent themes include mountains, seascapes and desolate landscapes that are partly inspired by the vast, black and white topographical paintings made in China during the 17th and 18th century, yet capture the essential qualities of the landscape and light of Northern Europe. The grey skies and ink black seas of his monochromatic paintings evoke melancholy, with the most dramatic scenes being those in which waves and mountainous cliffs fuse together to embody the forces of nature within a single primal image.

 

A large room dedicated to De Cordier’s work forms part of the Venice Biennale 2013 and can be seen in the exhibition The Encyclopaedic Palace in the central pavilion. Recent solo exhibitions include Landschappen at BOZAR, Brussels (2012), and exhibitions of drawings at the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2007). He was responsible for the Belgian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1997. His monumental public work De Kapel van het Niets, in the garden of the Sint-Norbertus psychiatric hospital in Duffel, Belgium, was inaugurated in 2007.

 

Thierry De Cordier was born in Oudenaarde, Belgium, in 1954. The artist currently lives in Ostend, Belgium.


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SPINACHE (Why not rather paint a seascape?), 1999-2005
Oil, enamel and Chinese ink on canvas
205 × 270 cm | 80 3/4 × 106 1/4 inches

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Black Landscape ("Fucking Flanders !"), 1997-2010
Oil, enamel, pencil and oilbar on canvas
226,4 × 287,4 × 7 cm | 89 × 113 × 2 1/4 inches

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PRE-SOUP (This isn't yet a seascape), 2007-2009
Oil and enamel on canvas
205 × 265 cm | 80 3/4 × 104 3/8 inches

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THE SEA (Finally), 2008-2009
Oil and enamel on canvas
205 × 270 cm | 80 3/4 × 106 1/4 inches

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Vesica Piscis (visio smaragdina), 2010
Acrylic on fiberboard
97 × 87,5 × 7 cm | 38 1/4 × 34 1/2 × 2 3/4 inches

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Grand Nada, 2007-2012
Oil and enamel on canvas
320 × 205 cm | 126 × 80 3/4 inches

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MER DU NORD, Étude n°1, 2011
Oil paint and enamel on canvas
120 × 150 cm | 47 1/4 × 59 inches

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MER MONTÉE, 2011
Oil paint, enamel and Chinese ink on canvas
170 × 270 cm | 66 7/8 × 106 1/4 inches

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MER GROSSE, 2011
Oil paint on paper mounted on panel
163 × 150,5 cm | 64 1/8 × 59 1/4 inches

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MER HAUTE, 2011
Oil paint on panel
170 × 105 cm | 66 7/8 × 41 3/8 inches

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ZEEBERG, 2011
Oil paint on canvas mounted on panel
120 × 118 cm | 47 1/4 × 46 1/2 inches

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Exhibitions

2011

Thierry De Cordier

2009

Thierry De Cordier
Four Greeneries