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Thomas Maes (1983) – BELGIUM
Painter, Sculptor, Designer, gallerist, art event curator, event organization and art fair.
He has had 40 Solo and group exhibitions at Gallery’s and Top Art-fairs Worldwide.
His works are drawing the attention of international collectors; his Sculpture designs and paintings are published in the fine art book Contemporary Masters, contemporary Sculptors and art magazines. The artist is influenced by a number of fields, including design, technology, science, architecture, and archaeology, as well as art history. With such innovation evident in his work, the visionary artist Maes is destined to take the art world by storm.
(by Art Historian, Dr. Barbara Aust-Wegemund )
Thomas Maes, born 1983 in Belgium, shows an extraordinary collection of paintings with ordinary objects in an unusual context. They attract the viewers interest by giving new meanings to familiar things. The use of ordinary objects in unfamiliar spaces is joined to his desire to create poetic imagery as well as his consciousness to think about the Universe. Thomas Maes described the process of painting as the art of putting colors side by side in such a way that their real aspect is effaced, so that familiar objects - clouds, amphoras, houses, trees or cubic forms - become united in a single poetically disciplined image. The poetry of these images dispense with any symbolic significance, old or new. Each of these recurring themes can be interpreted differently and has significant meanings.
His paintings entitled “Dark Matter”, “A New World” or “Civilization” represent images which evoke a kind of mystery. Thomas Maes' constant play with reality and illusion can be attributed to his interest in history, science and culture. Since seven years, the Belgian artist is living and working at the Greek island of Crete, surrounded by the ancient Minoan civilization and archetypical, archaelogical find spots. In his artworks Maes is playing back and forth, zapping reality and illusion on and off, reflecting his constantly shifting perception during his mental time journey. Since many years, Thomas Maes formed his own signature in a very clean, concise and precise style. Thomas Maes' interest is to inspire us; his works represent both dreams and apparent paradoxes at once. The themes and motifs encourage reflecting upon our world, Mankind, Genesis, Macrocosm and the Universe.
(Written by; Art History Consulting / Management: Dr. phil. Barbara Aust-Wegemund)
Thomas Maes' works exhibit a rare virtuosity which is instantly striking. An expert colorist, the artist's paintings evoke the abstract canvases of Joan Miró as well as turn of the century Symbolism and even Surrealism. His images are an amalgamation of the natural world with an architectural bent, in which geometric structures connect with amorphous forms. His arrangements are controlled, yet the elements float with a joyous and invigorating freedom. His painstaking technique of preparing his design for weeks and even months before he places oil on canvas is evident in his superb compositions. Maes' oeuvre is wonderfully reminiscent of many movements in the visual arts, while resonating with musical harmony.
Born in Belgium, Maes draws his inspiration from his current home in Crete. His works are drawing the attention of international collectors, and his designs have appeared in a book on modern sculpture and are to feature in three more forthcoming books. The artist is influenced by a number of fields, including design, technology, architecture, and archaeology, as well as art history. His work has been shown in art fairs and will be part of upcoming auctions.
Past and upcoming Exhibitions/events
2007 Expo solo Kassos (Greece)
2007 Expo gallery Antwerp (Belgium)
2008 Expo the Greek islands solo exhibition(kassos Greece)
2008 Drawings and photography works for archaeology (Greece)
2009 Expo TM-art Antverpia Brasschaat solo exhibition(Belgium)
2009 Gallery Show Chania Crete (Greece)
2010 Expo Chania Crete (Greece) Under the patronage of the embassy and consul of Belgium at Tm Expo Chania)
2011 Rome/Italy Under the patronage of the embassy of Belgium and Councillor Permanent Representation of Belgium to the Organizations of the United Nations at Gallery Tondinelli in Rome, Italy
2011 International art festival Athens art Rethymno
2012 June Thomas Maes published in the book Contemporary sculptors, with 7 of his Design sculptures
(Schiffer books USA)
2012 Organization Art festival Athens-art at Crete Chania
2012 Published fine art magazine ArtIsSpectrum New York
2012 May Exhibition of Contemporary Art (International Exhibition)From figuration to the transfiguration - GALLERY FIDIM MILAN/ITALY
HISTORY OF 'ART and ART CRITIC - PROF. DOMENICO DELNEGRO
2012 Maes published in Museum and Gallery Magazine ExpoArt with Written art review By art Critic and art historian Prof. Domenico Delnegro Italy
2011-2013 Representation by AGORA GALLERY NEW YORK
VIEW PAINTINGS FOR AT ART-MINE www.art-mine.com/artistpage/thomas_maes.aspx
2012 July International Art Exhibition in Rome at Gallery Vista
2012 August Exhibition NEW YORK AGORA GALLERY Interpretive Realms
2012 August Maes & Meiring at ART NOCTURNE KNOCKE Fine Art and Antique Fair Knokke/Belgium www.artnocturneknocke.be
2012 September-October SPOLETO FESTIVAL ART EXPO 2012 ITALY
International exhibition of modern and contemporary art
80 stands from whole over the world
Published in the magazine of deepening cultural literary fair 2012
And published two works in the catalog of SPOLETO FESTIVAL ART EXPO 2012
2012 December Maes at the International Art Exhibition in Rome at Domus Gallery
2012-2013 two exhibitions at New York USA Agora Gallery
2013 Januari Fine Art Exhibition New York Agora Gallery, Portals of Perception
2013 March Published in Fine art book INTERNATIONAL CONTEMPORARY MASTERS Vol 7 (2pages)
2013 April Published in Art Book of Artist Wanted, ART TAKES TIMES SQUARE
2013 April Art Monaco 2013, Fine Art Fair. 25-27 April
2013 April AUCTION at Art Monaco of one of the works of Maes Auctioned for the good cause.
2013 May luxery event Villa Oxygen(Richard Nillson) (auction)
2013 May Maes will donate and Auction one of is paintings for supporting the research against cancer at Belgium.
2013 March Published in the art book IMPOTANT ARTISTS IN THE WORLD
Expected for Januari 2014 Maes & Meiring at Miami SeaFair http://www.expoships.com/about.html
2013-2014 luxery set up Antwerp in prosess.
2014 miami art fair, Art And Design.
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Art Expertice and consulting:
Art History Consulting / Management: Dr. phil. Barbara Aust-Wegemund
Krokusweg 6a / 22869 Hamburg-Schenefeld /Germany
Phone +49.40.29898008 / Mobile +49.179.4605679
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always passionate by researching and discovering scientific and psychological subjects,
studying problems and discovering new possibilities.
Modern-classic sculptures out of many different materials.
In a world full of hi-tech, I try to give the hi-tech some more soul and natural beauty,
by designing and making them fit and in a more nature like environment.
In my paintings I bring to subject that which goes on in our world, reflected in a differently designed parallel universe. Always delving into scientific subjects is a passion for me. Physics, engineering, psychology, astronomy... Working out new ideas and solutions. Bringing this subject on a canvas or in a sculpture. Through symbolism i bring different aspects of problems and solutions to the front. Why symbolism? Because, i like my viewing public to think for their selves, opening a gate to suggest, look in the correct direction and give them the freedom to discover a world behind our world. A world of unlimited opportunity!
I spent a lot of time in research and making design drawings for my paintings.
Of every painting or sculpture always has been made first a design drawing. And a lot of pre research on the subject. Some of my paintings can take months, before i even touch the canvas or medium for sculpture. As most important to have all elements in a perfect harmony for the approaching subject. Experimenting on many different materials and new technologies is important to bring out the most correct resold. This is why i have build out my atelier to 5 different, design, painting, sculpture, electronics and mechanics and even a small lab. So i invite my viewers to enter a world of unending inspiration and opportunity. Welcome and enjoy!
PRESS RELEASE ROME GALLERY TONDINELLI
Thomas Maes (Belgium): In the paintings of the Belgian artist, the prefered theme is the dream of dialogue between man and the environment. The colors are pastel shades with delicate nuances, the forms are also and well delineated in such a way that the atmosphere is suspended between past, present and future. We are in another dimension; a parallel world that lives suspended in a space that has its own rules, aromas and light. We are allowed to access and imagine; the artist takes us into the mystery of existence, thus calling into question the real world, his illusions-disappointments.
Personal designs and orders:
For customized designs by Maes please send an email to Tmemail@example.com.
Design order terms:
Ordering a sculpture can take from 1 month for a smaller piece and up till 12+ months for the large ones. Ask for the pdf-cd catalogue.
For a custom design, there will be a fee included for pre-sculpting design drawing and study of your sculpture.
For bigger sculptures fees must be covered for safe transport and delivery. (specialized fine art transport)
For all orders, 1/3 of payment must be made in advance.
For safe and a correct conduct, you will receive a contract and document for your order, as well as detailed photos and pre-sculpting design drawings of the progress of your order.