December 29, 2009

December 27, 2009


paul delaroche

the answer to years of googling by martha

December 25, 2009

and now some proof that painting doesn't have to be complex:

Philip Guston

what happened to automatov petrov?

i don't know, I've been busy isn't really much of an excuse.

to those people, prying and asking about the absence of posts,
you can always find me on facebook:
on urban sketchers:
urban sketchers
on gentschetst:

I will try and post again, regularly on automatovpetrov.
It's a bit of mystery to me too, why i haven't posted anything since the 10th of september.
My obsession for oilpainting hasn't dissappeared, my desire to share it with people neither.

September 10, 2009

my dossier has been approved by the flemish filmfund.
I will be directing a new shortfilm.

August 03, 2009

brechtjan verschuere

a friend of mine, hopefully the VAF will grant me the money to make the film, he will be the backgroundartist.

"zijn werk draait rond fragiliteit. brechtjan is geniaal in de 'vorm' hij kan met hele rake materialen en vormen, met objecten omgaan, en zo enorm mooie broze composities neerpennen.
brechtjan die is ergens het vreemde midden tussen een verzamelaar, een designer en een schilder"

July 23, 2009

i have to, i really do

recently I gave a lecture about the relationship between art and cinema. between painting and cinema. there wasn't really a huge turn-up, unfortunatly, but i would advice everyone to go buy or rent the Peter Greenaway documentairy 'rembrandt, j'accuse'
He analizes 'de nachtwacht' by rembrandt meticously.
but that's not what is interesting,
what's interesting is the subtext.

cinema is capable of MORE,
and the vague notions can be spotted by the attentfull observer.

as a treat,
and a compulsion,
i'll post 'de nachtwacht'

it's only natural I would post it someday.

July 22, 2009

Peter Paul Rubens

the most famous flemish inhabitant, i suppose
two new assets for my online museum

July 07, 2009

great news

since about a week or so,
i'm a part of the website 'urban sketchers"
i'm actually really proud of that, i've been following the site for a while now.

July 03, 2009


art can sometimes be found in unusual places.
this week, the library in a local town near me, was having a stock-sale.
i saw it as a chance to buy some books i would never buy for high price, books i would nevertheless love to own and read.
i ended up leaving there with a pile of over 50 books. 10 were for reading, the rest i bought because of their hugely attractive book covers, their illustrations.

i'm thinking about, contemplating still, but i suppose i'll start working with these old covers.

June 28, 2009

the bible for painters

i found it, oddly, on a second hand market. it was just lying there. I have been looking for something like it for YEARS!
carefully and professionally the writer, gino piva, has writen everything technical about painting in it. you might know, but painting is somewhat of a lost art. in art-school, they don't teach 'technique" anymore. it's all about the artistical prestation. I have come to a point in my paintings where I believe, if I can advance my technical skills, the creative story will enhance.

so, if it interests you as well, ask about this book. look it up. my version is translated from italian, so it might have been translated in dozens of other languages.
or, come to me. I'll become your teacher


i haven't done much lately. i've been enjoying graduating, actually.
meeting friends i haven't had the chance to see in a long time. i took a
short vacation in my uncle's cabin in the woods. i tried to relax a little.

i seem to have succeeded. people tell me they've never seen me healthier.
i suppose obsession is a bit like being sick. you're absent all the time,
and the colour of your skin turns pale. you hardly ever come out, and you
can't sleep.

I would like to show you the result of a video-exhibition i recently did.
the film is called 'vreemdeling' or stranger. the subject of this exhibition
was a small old town. it was our job to 'preserve' it in a certain way.
this is my attempt to do so. i found Denderleeuw to be very claustrofobic,
and empty. as if this small town could dissapear at any time.
there was an enormous limitation in budget, so i worked with what i got.
i tried to handle this video-footage as if I were painting, as if the camera
was a paintbrush, and the cinemascreen was a canvas.

i would like to show you around there someday.

June 10, 2009


i'm actually proud of this frame from my film,
hence the reason for posting an older work

June 03, 2009

my new filmproject is being reviewed by a commision since yesterday.
this commission will decide if i will be funded, the flemish governement (through the VAF flemisch filmhouse) will either grant me the necessairy money, or they won't

they practically decide if this project will be made, or not.

it's called 'norman', a story about obsession and angst, paranoia, beauty and horror.
nothing else is possible, but this time again, it will be made in oil-paint animation

here's a quick preview

May 13, 2009

milton avery

May 01, 2009

April 26, 2009

tentoonstelling ensor-goya-redon.

in het mska (museum voor schone kunsten, antwerpen) vndt momenteel een tentoonstelling die heel interessant is. tenminste de belofte op de flyer is interessant.
de tentoonstelling zelf is wat gebrekkig, en slordig.
de aandacht gaat vooral naar ensor. het is geen slechte zaak, maar als je ensor confronteert met dan een goya, zou je toch een boeiende uitdaging mogen stellen.
de grote indrukwekkende schilderijen van ensor staan tegen de boekenillustraties van goya. niets van de indrukwekkende olieverven werken is terug te vinden. enkele studies en één werkje uit goya's jeugd.
de hele opstelling zelf is verschrikkelijk smerig. lelijke valse wanden delen het museum in in 'hippe' muren, met een motiefje op.

in alle eerlijkheid, de hele museumervaring viel volledig weg.
ik heb het zelden moeilijk te verdwalen in musea,
maar daar wou ik eerlijk gezegd echt weg.

toch is het het absoluut waard om te gaan kijken.
de etsen van goya zijn enorm interessant,
de collectie van ensor is niet te missen.
redon heb ik persoonlijk altijd al te veel een intellectualist gevonden,
dus daar moet je zelf uitmaken of je die wilt zien.
ga kijken,
stap gewoon niet binnen met hoge verwachtingen

gustave van de woestyne

portret van professor fabrice polderman

April 25, 2009

felice casorati

you can find this picture in the MSK, in ghent.

jan sluijters

April 16, 2009

March 14, 2009

cy twombly