Clemens Briels (Son, 1946) is a Belgian artist. In 1965 he started a course at the Academy for Industrial Design in Eindhoven with the aim of becoming an artist. Due to all sorts of circumstances, he ends up in the advertising world. He brings it to a successful art director, but at the age of 45 he decides to choose a different direction.
His works are collector items for lovers of top design and art. He deliberately opts for new challenges, in which he exchanges academic laws with respect to perspective and spatial division, for his own view on ‘antipodism’: images from unknown sources.
His own vision, antipodism, is his personal fourth dimension in which every existence has a direct and opposite existence. It is this vision that is translated onto the canvas. Briels’ use of paper and cardboard on the canvas furnish the depth he desires. Sometimes it is as though it is sanded and filled as he applies colour upon colour. Undercoats are visible here and there, giving a special patina. His rich interpretations are fascinating. His world is one of color, where the artist conceptualizes his experiences into naturally spontaneous, beautiful images of unending possibilities.
He is always in search of new challenges of expression. Briels translates his experiences in the Orient, the Caribbean and North and South America. These moments on his travels furnish him with the titles he so likes to transform into images. After exhibiting in many countries including Malaysia, The Dutch Antilles, Germany, the Netherlands, and Paris, he is now enjoying a breakthrough across the United States.
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