Philippe Van Gele was born in Ghent, Belgium, in 1979 and still lives and works in the area. Despite his strong connection to his home, his work evokes ideas of wanderlust and exploration of far away places. Van Gele paints abstract landscapes which inspire an emotional response in the viewer, his work is expressive and powerful. His technique involves using mostly acrylic paint and focuses on textural exploration; the paint is worked on at length, dripped or scratched to produce a hazy and mysterious effect. The pieces are colourful but also remain soft and peaceful. The surface of his work is covered with a UV resistant varnish to prevent colour fading.
Philippe Van Gele has participated in various solo and group shows and is celebrated by his collectors for the active engagement which his work demands.
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