The title of this work relates to the Kamokuna ocean entry in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park. The area includes a viewing area from where lava can be seen pouring into the ocean. This is typical of the artist's interest in travel and far away places, particularly those evoking the sublime beauty or powerful forces of nature.
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 participate ...
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