Kristof Montens

1983, Bruges (Belgium)


"My art is about beauty, wonder, positive impulses, self-confidence and the healing power of nature. I want people to feel good and marvel at
the shapes and colours in my artworks. When creating something tangible, uniqueness and the meaning of creating are central. In doing so, I like to play with shapes, structures and colours. Moreover, we can say that the grooves in my works are like fingerprints are a true source of inspiration, each time resulting in a creative identity."

- Kristof Montens

About Kristof Montens

Concept: Shading shapes
The sculpted grooves in these works create shadow effects, underneath I combine traditional and modern painting techniques to give colour to the grooves. This combination creates an illusion that seems to give the works more dimensions, it is the shapes that overshadow the shadows applied. This is why I give this type of work the name Shading Shapes.

The concept of Shading Shapes was born from a love of nature. As an artist, I feel partly responsible for stimulating the sensation that the preservation of nature should strengthen. I try to start the conversation by turning the tables. The chainsaw, which I consider the murder weapon, is for me the medium to create new life in the slain wood. I cut organic forms into panels made from recycled wood: Medium-Density Fibreboard is a pressed board composed of wood fibres, a contemporary high-quality construction product that has become indispensable in the construction industry. I try to bring nature closer to people by the sawn slots with various colours, depending on the perspective of the
viewer as well as the influence of sunlight, you can discover new layers and colours. Just like that little bit of light that just dances on a piece of bark or a blade of grass, I try to enchant my works with this breathtaking spectacle, thus an ode to nature.

"The grooves in my works are almost like fingerprints, a true source of inspiration that results in a creative identity."


Artistic resume and press

Assignments behind the scenes
Michaël Borremans
Varnishing and gilding of: "CONE 01 2021"

Giuseppe Penone
Restoration of: "Ligne d'Eau"

Johan Creten
Varnishing and gilding of: "C'est dans ma nature" and "La Rencontre"

Jan Fabre
Lacquering and gilding of: "Man With Sword"

27/04/2018 - 02/05/2018 | Town Hall Damme, Markt 1, 8340 Damme, Belgium
09/06/2015 - 24/08/2015 | Exhibition at Absolute Art Gallery, Dijver 4-5, 8000 Bruges, Belgium
24/02/2015 - 27/04/2015 | Exhibition in Absolute Art Gallery, Dijver 4-5, 8000 Bruges, Belgium
01/04/2009 - 15/05/2009 | Exhibition in Créative et Zen gallery, Guinée, Africa
25/05/2008 - 15/06/2008 | Exhibition in 't Brugse Vrije, 8000 Bruges, Belgium
20/10/2007 - 23/11/2007 | Exhibition in Willits' art gallery

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