Shoobil Gallery

During the Antwerp Art Weekend, Shoobil Gallery presents a duo exhibition by Jef Gysen and Bert Timmermans. Jef Gysen meticulously constructs his paintings, delving deep into the layers of paint to create works that teeter on the edge of the tangible. Rooted in observational painting, Gysen challenges classical thought, pushing the boundaries of figuration to reveal traces of the original theme on the canvas. His paintings speak to a pictorial reality that transcends traditional representation. Similarly, Bert Timmermans explores the complex interplay between history and memory, inspired by the pioneering work of visual archaeologists Aby Warburg and Walter Benjamin. Using mixed media techniques, Timmermans reflects on the metamorphosis of reality, blurring the boundaries between media, image, and history.

Despite their differing approaches, both artists share a profound dedication to exploring the intricacies of visual expression and the transformative power of art. Their works challenge conventions and provoke thought, inviting to contemplate the dynamic relationship between time, perception, and artistic interpretation. Through their art, Gysen and Timmermans offer glimpses into rich and multifaceted worlds, where every brushstroke and collage fragment carries layers of meaning and significance.

Shoobil gallery was founded on May 2015 by Serena Baplu, Tosca Baplu & Jef Gysen. They strive to promote the ideas and practices of contemporary art and constantly challenge and question the artistic form. They exhibit art in the best possible way and stimulate concept and vision. Serena Baplu trusts her gut feeling when selecting art. The hands-on experience in building up the exhibitions core to a continuous improvement mindset and contributes to our individualist identity we’ve built up over the years to develop in the future.