Isabelle Scheltjens at Ghent Museum of Fine Arts
I was just done with the first half of my tour inside the city’s Museum of Fine Arts when I headed for the centrum to check out this cool, new way of portrait-making using a technique called glass fusion. It’s the melting together of tiny, square bits of colored glass, one on top of another, to form a singular piece or “pixel” and thousands (yes, thousands!) of those pixels to form a picture. In this case, the result is a portrait, that when viewed from a distance appears only in sepia. Very fascinating AND intriguing.
Finding the art gallery that housed Ms. Scheltjen’s exhibit was pretty easy. It was located just across the town hall. And even on that day itself that there were a gazillion of people who came to celebrate Ghent’s annual ten-day festival, I found my way.
|Facade of the gallery|
The portraits on display at the gallery were mostly those of internationally known celebrities like Mick Jagger, Brigitte Bardot, David Bowie, and Grace Kelly. But one that stands out from the rest was that of the late Jan Hoet, Belgium’s most renowned art critic who died late in February this year. Unfortunately, Jan Hoet had never heard about this portrait while it was in the works. He was actually still alive when Ms. Scheltjens started with it; she worked on it for eight months! It’s just too bad that she didn’t get to bring this to Mr. Hoet’s attention soon enough, but I am hoping that this remarkable portrait of him will one day end up in the museum of modern art in Ghent that Mr. Hoet himself founded.
|Portrait in greater detail|
Ms. Scheltjen’s portrait exhibit is currently running and ends some time in October, but if you wish to catch her works much later, one can always visit her website at http://www.glassfusionart.be/ unless they’re all sold out. ;-)
Guest post by my friend Hazel I., who lives in Belgium
Ghent, Belgium, 19th of July 2014.