Guy Baekelmans

Guy Baekelmans (°1940, Berchem)

After 7 years of experimental photography (to break free from his training in the plastic arts) Guy Baekelmans started in 1968 with figures and forms in frog or bird perspective, classified as pop art and hard edge. After a short while only the geo-metrical forms remained which in the first 20 years did find a strong affiliation with constructivism. Systematic simplifications in form and color reflected his early interest in Oriental philosophy and his quest for serenity and balance.
In 1972 Guy Baekelmans was co-founder of the “International Working Group for Constructive Art” domiciled in Antwerp and Bonn.
In the 80’s the 3rd dimension gains more and more importance in autonomous, often monumental sculptures whether or not connected to the wall.
Guy Baekelmans constructs optical and dynamic interactions (black and white, plane and 3D) starting from a square. About 70 exhibitions in Europe and Japan in the 70’s and 80’s are characterized by a strong constructive base.
The strong spacial approach linked to a spiritual dimension is a constant recognizable factor throughout his vast oeuvre, both in his paintings and his sculptural works. Subsequently, we can see a transition toward a more free expression with work created from a Buddhist universalism, described by Guy Baekelmans as an opening toward inexhaustible references beyond time and space, coming into being trough the interaction between the inner microcosm and the extern macrocosm. “Here we find an immense potential reserve from which we can draw from and feed at the same time.”
In a recent monograph Guy Baekelmans divides his oeuvre in different periods as rather coherent series. In the book, Ernest Van Buynder writes about the parallelism with the work and philosophy of Yves Klein. Simon Delobel finds in Baekelmans’ work connections with his famous predecessor Georges Vantongerloo, both proponents of a dialogue between space and the infinity.