About Johan Clarysse

Born in 1957. Lives and works in Bruges ( Belgium). He studied art in Leuven and Bruges. Clarysse follows his own track as a painter. He studied philosophy before he definitely took the path of the visual arts.

Clarysse´s paintings want to be enigmatic in a transparent way. They refer to the world of film and media, advertising techniques, scraps from songs and philosophical questions and citations. The statute of both language and image are uncertain in his art. Whether it concerns Japanese erotic prints, film stills, procession images, landscapes, portraits of philosophers or psychiatric patients, the painter appropriates the image in such a way it loses its original self evident and unambiguous meaning.


Walden & other suspicions

Why october & other questions

Contrasts between word and image, temptation and confusion, pathos and irony, artistic image and advertising image play an intriguing game.

The work of Johan Clarysse has been exhibited in museums and galleries in Belgium and abroad such as Museum voor Schone Kunsten Gent, De Brakke Grond Amsterdam, MCAF Peking en Museum Dr. Guislain Gent. He was awarded the Anto-Diez and the Dirk Boutsprice. He had more than 90 printed publications, including , among many others, De Morgen, De Standaard, Financieel Economische tijd, Focus Knack and H Art.