Sint-Laureins, Flanders East, Belgium
About karien deroo
Lives and works in Sint-Laureins, a small village between Bruges and Ghent, Belgium. Karien Deroo paints in an autodidactic way, inspired by the classical tradition of the old masters. Her style is highly figurative but with a strong contemporary and timeless perspective. In her paintings Karien Deroo explores the hidden history of the individual. Although a variety of hidden emotions and deeply buried secrets reveal some typical inner struggle, we can't detect any explicit external emotion in her characters. The figures seem in a contemplative mood, captured on the canvas. They are snatched out of a context that we can only guess, caught in their own turmoil. It's a snapshot where the gaze of the character lingers with the viewer and leaves him or her contemplative as well. The characters painted by Karien Deroo have different layers, not only in the literal sence of paint but also in the invisible compexity of their feelings.
art and graphic design at St. Lucas, Ghent, Belgium
etching technique at the Municipal Academy of Fine Arts, Roeselare, Belgium
selections and exhibitions:
2013 - Solo Show at Gallery NavArt, Sint-Niklaas.
2013 - Group Show "vier vrouwen", Priorij 'Rattenkasteel' Waarschoot.
2013 - Group Show "DIE WUNDERKAMMERN", Galerie Pinsart, Bruges.
2012 - CC De Spil: overview works from 2008-2012, CC De Spil, Roeselare.
2012 - 'Canvascollectie/Collection RTBF 2012', selection with the painting "our Father", exhibition @Bozar, Brussels.
2012 - 1.000.049 th anniversary of the arts: groupshow at Galerie Pinsart, Bruges.
2011 - Lineart The Border 2011, groupshow with Galerie Pinsart.
2011 - 'Hanging out in history', exhibition of my paintings from the past 3 years, Galerie Pinsart, Bruges.
2010 - 'Prijs voor Grafiek Fonds Hilde Demedts', selection with the etching woman. (jury: Reniere & Depla, Dirk De Kononck, Michaël Borremans, Jan Dhaese).
2010 - 'Nationale Prijs voor Schilderkunst Louise Dehem', Ieper, selection with 3 paintings: the neighbours, the spell (broken), inside the head.
(jury: Christine Adam, Pierre Goetinck, Veerle Van Durme).
2009 - 'Printed': 25 jaar vrije grafiek, SASK, cc De Spil, Galerie Blomme, Roeselare, groupsexhibition.
2008 - 'Oost Kust Kunst', selection with the painting man with cherries, Cultureel Centrum Knokke-Heist, Lagunahal, Duinbergen.
2007 - 'One', solo-exhibition with etchings, Tashun, Gent.
2002 - 'Paintings & Drawings, 2 illustrators', Cultureel Centrum De Spil, Roeselare.
1999 - the same selection illustrations section fiction in Itabashi Art Museum, Tokio.
1999 - Selection in the section fiction on 'La Mostra Illustratori della Fiera del Libro per Ragazzi', Bologna.
1997 - 'Het Bibliofiele Boek & Grafiek', Galerie Blomme, Roeselare.
1993 - 'Stimulans 93', Cultuurcentrum, Kortrijk.