We are pleased to share with you the emerging Belgian artist Laurence Durieu. She mixes childhood memories with elements of her surroundings – her family, her pets, the place where she lives – and depicts a fantastic world in order to express an awareness of what happens around her. Explore more on the artist in our feature.
Laurence Durieu is a Belgian contemporary artist. She was born in 1972 in Brussels, Belgium.
Having obtained a master’s degree in economics, she worked and devoted herself to the education of her three children.
After six years of painting lessons at the academy, she now is completely dedicated to what she always wanted to do, which is art.
She mixes childhood memories with elements of her surroundings – her family, her pets, the place where she lives – and depicts a fantastic world in order to express an awareness of what happens around her.
Although the themes are sometimes quite harsh (overconsumption, pollution, drought, ...) she tries to illustrate them beautifully. In her universe, humans and animals come together and form a certain balance in an organized chaos.
Laurence’s world is characterized by very personal, extraordinary and very detailed compositions which were recently awarded with an honorable mention at the Ypres National Painting Competition Louise Dehem in Belgium.
As a child I enjoyed drawing, walking in the nature and observing birds and other animals with which I imagined myself stories.
Without realizing at that time I was already inventing the world of my paintings today.
Much later I decided to take courses at the academy to get into painting.
The paintings are generally the result of reflections on current issues (overconsumption, pollution, drought, pesticides, etc.).
To paint them, I use what is around me and mix it all up with childhood memories.
When I was five, I was impressed by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s « The Little Prince ».
I was touched by the extract where the Fox proposes the Little Prince to tame him and create a unique link.
This has triggered something magical in me. I have never seen animals the same way since that day.
They all seem to have become very close and familiar and I was convinced that it was possible to create a special relationship with them.
By chance, a few years later we fed a baby jackdaw bird who became tamed. He was free to enter and leave our house.
Our relationship was unique.
One day he came to say goodbye to us before leaving with his fellow jackdaw friends.
This confirmed my thought and dream that it was possible to create unique links with animals.
My inspiration also comes from memories of my grandmother.
She loved the willow porcelain service. In her honor, I added a picture of her in one of my paintings.
I am also inspired by some artists such as the Belgian painter Paul Delvaux.
I went to admire his work at the Paul Delvaux Museum in Koksijde and was impressed by the quality, beauty and mystery emanating from his paintings.
I listened to several interviews about him, he was a beautiful person that I would have liked to meet.
There are many other artists that I appreciate, ranging from the Renaissance painters to contemporary painters who still inspire me and influence my work.
I paint what I love, what is close to my heart. I try to paint my thoughts as beautiful as possible, at least to my eyes.
I don’t necessarily think about success, I rather focus on my work.
I recently discovered Instagram and find it very practical.
By the way, it was thanks to Instagram that I met Munchies Art Club and I am very happy about it.
May 1 – May 2 Kunstroute Meise 2021
April 24 - May 23 Exhibition Price Louise Dehem – Het Perron Ieper
2021 Ypres National Painting Competition Louise Dehem – rewarded an Honorable Mention 2019 Painting - SLAC Visual & Audiovisual Art, Leuven
2014 Painting - Municipal Academy of Visual Arts J. Portaels, Vilvoorde
2010 Drawing - l’Atelier, Ganges, France
1990 Drawing - Beaux-Arts, Wavre
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A big thank you to the artist Laurence Durieu for sharing her work and her story with us.