80x60cm Acryl/chinese inkt/pigment/potlood/hardboard op canvas
Yves Velter lives and works in Ostend, Belgium. An awareness of displacement and
alienation constitutes the basis for his work, in which an interest in human (and humane)
values comes to the fore.
The muted characters in his work are based on existing people who have been made
unrecognizable by making them abstract to a certain extent. They are placed in situations in
which they create an opening in reality, thus enabling them to break through the impossibility
of showing emotions.
The images show the contrast between representation and abstraction. It is an aspect that
works on several levels: the elusiveness of emotions, sensuality, fears, desires,
In contrast to science, art is a domain where unconventional reasoning remains a possibility.
The artist immerses himself in the world of a woman who is caught up in a closed-off logic of
writing letters in a code all of her own. He considers these intimate scripts to provide a
parallel with the world of the arts, where an artist also creates codes in order to translate his
own world of thoughts. In the eyes, “the mirrors of the soul”, of his figures we can see small
pieces of the aforementioned letters.
Other objects and materials from several origins that carry a comparable tension within them
(red dots, soil from his parents’ garden, cardboard, clothing…) are also being used as
ingredients in his works.
In a world of his own he investigates and reorders the experiences, objects and metaphors
which possess this ‘tension’. With connection to this, the artists speaks of making
‘corrections of ratio’ which enable him to use his very own code of images in order to give
expression to the unanswerable.