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Haerizadeh, Ramin
"ta.bu" january - march 2016

Born in Iran in 1975, he lives and works in Dubai.

Ramin Haerizadeh is one of Iran’s most prominent contemporary artists. His work brings together different kinds of found images to create highly colorful and politically charged collages. Haerizadeh fled his home country in 2009, after Iranian officials had laid their hands on the catalogue of the exhibition Unveiled: New Art from the Middle East (Saatchi Gallery, 2009), which featured partially naked self-portraits of the artist. These self-portraits were part of his series Men of Allah, in which he mixes sexual imagery and traditional Islamic patterns. Since 2009, he has been living and working in Dubai together with his brother, Rokni, who is also an artist.

 

 
Hammond, Jane
"Struggle(s)" april - june 2012

Born in 1950 in the USA. Lives and works in New York.
 
Throughout her career Jane Hammond has made works on paper, sculpture, prints and paintings. Her work reflects her fascination with collecting, sorting, and memory; the technique of collage is often included, no matter which medium she uses. Her creations are always handmade, usually laboriously, in a way that draws attention to details – of craftsmanship, of texture and weight, of visual expression, and of composition.

 

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Hanson, Duane
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013

Born in 1925 in the USA and died in 1996.

Duane Hanson is mostly known for his life-size realistic sculptures of people, cast in different materials such as polyester resin, fiberglass or bronze. “I'm mostly interested in the human form as subject matter and means of expression for my sculpture. And what can generate more interest, fascination, beauty, ugliness, joy, shock or contempt than a human being?” Hanson used live models to recreate characters of American life in the most accurate details, dressing and accessorizing them accordingly, and often assembling mini-installations to situate them in the right context. He was mainly interested in everyday actions and political subjects. He repeatedly approached the thankless roles of the working class like housewives, repairmen, office cleaners, dishwashers, museum guards, and janitors.

 


 
Hardt, Bruno
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1971 in Belgium. Lives and works in Brussels.
Studied at LUCA.


 

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Hardt, Meryll
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1984 in France. Lives and works between Brussels and Lille.
Studied at ERG.


 

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Hardy, Marc
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in Belgium in 1952, he lives and works in Belgium.

Born in Liège, Marc Hardy spent his youth in what was then known as the Belgian Congo. He started his career as a comics author by illustrating short stories for Spirou magazine. His first official work for the magazine was the series Badminton, first published in 1974, followed by the series Arkel, about an archangel. Hardy became known for his dark humor and nervous drawing style. His breakthrough came in 1983, the year he created the series Pierre Tombal with Raoul Cauvin. The series, which tells the story of a gravedigger, was a huge success; to this date, thirty albums were published. Hardy also created more adult series, like La Patrouille des Libellules, about World War II (1984) and Lolo et Sucette, which tells the adventures of two hookers (1988).

 

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Haronitaki, Aspassio
"ta.bu" january - march 2016

Born in Greece in 1972, he lives and works in Athens.

Aspassio Haronitaki is a Greek photographer who studied in Paris. The body is a central theme in his work, as is his fascination for medical imagery. For his series Moon Flowers, Haronitaki collaborated with doctors, radiologists and technicians to create colorful, digital images of flowers, bodies and objects set against an aquatic background, using scientific techniques to make the complexity of our world apparent. In 2003, Haronitaki was exhibited at the Venice Biennale along with Louise Bourgeois’ work. For the occasion, he created a portrait of Bourgeois, covering her face with feline fur; it is one of Bourgeois’ most iconic images.

 

 
Harvey, Claire
"States of Mind" january - march 2014 

Born in 1976 in England. Lives and works in Amsterdam.

Claire Harvey works cross painting and installation. She is best known for her miniature monochromatic drawings depicting solitary figures lost in thought or engaged in common activities. No matter how small the pieces, the artist is able to capture the mood of the subjects and reflect a sense of loneliness and isolation. Her characters might be caught on canvas, Post-it notes, transparent material (such as clear tape), or exist only as evanescent silhouettes projected on the walls. “Harvey’s sharp powers of observation originate from the time she was an art student in London, and sketched the people she saw on the public transport system on little glass slides that she later on projected on the walls of her house,” explains art historian Marta Gnyp. “On her long daily commutes she saw her tiny drawings as a playful way of channeling her curiosity about people in their surroundings. So Harvey sees limitations as providing a context in which her thoughts and creative powers can grow, and she sees doubt and confusion as providing potential and frequently rewarding sources of inspiration.”

 

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Hashimoto, Jacob
"Lightness?" january - march 2012

Born in 1973 in the USA. Lives and works between New York and Verona.

Jacob Hashimoto redefines Japanese screen painting using the traditional kite-making techniques and forms to construct his three dimensional wall compositions. His artwork embodies a long time fascination with the intersections of painting and sculpture, abstraction and landscape. Existing as neither sculpture nor painting, Hashimoto's compositions delicately float before the eye, entrancing the viewer with their continuously shifting illusion of light, space and motion.

 

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Heda, Willem Claeszoon
 "Pair(s)" september - december 2015

Born  in The Netherlands ca. 1594, he died ca. 1680.

Willem Claeszoon Heda was a Dutch painter who lived and worked during the Golden Age of Dutch painting. He was a member of the St. Luke guild of Haarlem, where he lived all his life. While he has painted a few portraits and religious scenes, he is mostly known for his still lives and, more specifically, for his breakfast pieces. Heda was an expert at painting light effects on shiny surfaces, like glasses or silverware. As a painter, he made a very spare use of color, creating highly realist paintings that were almost monochromatic.

 

 
Hélion, Jean
"Obsession" january - march 2015 

Born in France in 1904, he died in 1987.

A self-taught painter, Jean Hélion at the beginning of his career created abstract works and it is after the war that he developed a figurative style. Together with other artists he formed Art Concret, which valued objectivity over symbolism and personal associations and began integrating figurative elements into his work. This return to figuration was the hallmark of his postwar paintings. Hélion’s experiences during the Second World War – joining the French army in 1940, being captured by the Germans and sent to a camp, finally his escape – changed his way of thinking about art. ''A man who has been locked up for a few years knows the value of reality. What can you communicate but the problematic meaning of the world?'' he said in one interview. In his post-war figurative paintings, the artist revisited singularly classical themes like still lives, landscapes and, especially, nudes.



 
Hendrickx, Sarah
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1990 in Belgium. Lives and works in Mechelen.
Studied at Sint-Lucas Antwerp.


 

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Héraud, Anaïs
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1988 in France. Lives and works in Berlin.
Studied at ENSAV.


 

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Hergé
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in Belgium in 1907, he died in 1983. 

Hergé, whose real name was Georges Remi, first created comics for scouting magazines as a teenager. Hergé discovered American comic strips at the end of 1920s. This discovery would greatly influence him, for example in the use of speech balloons instead of captions, as was tradition in Europe until then. He became famous in 1930 with the character of Tintin created for the magazine Le Petit Vingtième for which Hergé was editor in chief. His first adventure, Tintin in the Land of the Soviets, was followed by other adventures like Tintin in the Congo or The Blue Lotus. The series became a huge hit: it sold more than 230 million albums in more than 80 languages. Today, Hergé is widely seen as the “father of European comic art.” Other famous series by Hergé include Quick et Flupke (1930), about two street kids in Brussels, and Les Aventures de Jo, Zette et Jocko (1936).

 

 
Hermann
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in Belgium in 1938, he lives and works in Brussels.

Comics author Hermann Huppen (known as Hermann) started his career as an interior designer working in Montreal and New York. His first comics were published in the 1960s in Spirou magazine. His breakthrough came with his series Bernard Prince, which was published in Tintin magazine from 1966 onwards. Hermann created the series with the writer Greg, with whom he also created the western series Comanche. His most famous work as a solo artist is the series Jeremiah, which he created in 1979. Hermann also created independent stories like Missié Vandisandi (1991), about colonialism in Africa, and Sarajevo-Tango (1995), about the war in the former Yugoslavia. Most recently, he has collaborated on a few comics in collaboration with his son Yves.


 

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Hernández-Díez, José Antonio
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1964 in Venezuela. Lives and works in Barcelona and Caracas.

José Antonio Hernández-Díez belongs to a new generation of Venezuelan artists who emerged in the 1980’s and whose work is marked by neo-conceptualism, with clear references to the dialectic imposed by subsistence economy and consumer society. His body of work encompasses photograph, video, sculpture, and installation. He usually employs unusual materials, specially mass-produced objects like skateboards, bicycles and sneakers. After his manipulation the objects are given a different meaning, turning the ordinary into extraordinary. Behind the fictional praise of the commonnness and the superfluous, hides a sceptical criticism who is at the core of his creative work.

 


 
Heschler, David
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016

Born in the Holy Roman Empire (Germany) in 1611, he died in 1667.

David Heschler was born into a family of wood and ivory carvers. He started his career by sculpting large-scale altarpieces under the guidance of his father, Sigmund Heschler (1548-ca.1658). Heschler became part of a group of ivory carvers that were active in and around the South German city of Ulm. He was renowned for his smaller pieces and dramatic compositions; recurring themes were both religious (the Descent of the Cross, David against Goliath) and classical (inspired by Greek mythology). Heschler used Baroque paintings by masters like Rubens, Michelangelo and Caravaggio as inspiration for his work; some scenes even seem to have been directly copied from their paintings.

 

 
Heykoop, Pepe
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1984 in The Netherlands. Lives and works in Amsterdam.

Designer Pepe Heykoop founded his studio after graduating from the Design Academy of Eindhoven. His interests lie in the relationship between art and design. Central to his practice is the use of recycled materials, such as leftover wood, scraps of leather and rejected skins faded by sunlight or with too many damages. Heykoop tries to bring up the beauty of all these materials; at the same time he expresses concern with the enormous amount of waste in all types of production processes.

 

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Hicks, Sheila
"States of Mind" january - march 2014

Born in 1934 in the USA. Lives and works in Paris.

A pioneer in the fibber arts, Sheila Hicks’ body of work spans five decades and encompasses sculptures, installations, unconventional tapestry, and small framed works. Her creations are distinguished by her mastery of the chosen media and her sensitivity to texture and color. Since the beginning of her career, she has spent a lot of time in Central and South America where she learned and incorporated some of the native weaving techniques into her creations. Her aim is to give another status to textile, a material that is usually considered either functional or decorative. Hicks’ works traverses the boundaries between art, design, craft, and architecture.

 


 
Hildebrandt, Gregor
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013 
"Origin(s)" may - june 2011


Born in 1974 in Germany. Lives and works in Berlin.

Gregor Hildebrandt is a young, conceptually oriented artist. From a painting background, he developed his artistic concept over several years and has found his way to his own unmistakeable form. A certain nostalgia is undeniably intrinsic to his works; the digital era has long since but paid to the music cassette as a sound-storage medium. Therefore it requires no great leap of logic to assume that the artist’s material might one day become scarce. To date, though, this has not yet occurred. Over the years, in addition to the canvas works, Hildebrandt has created new groups of works – objects, drawings and sculptures – that continually expand the range of his œuvre.

 

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Hiquily, Philippe
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 
"Lightness?" january - march 2012


Born in 1925 in France and died in 2013.

Philippe Hiquily has always refused to be bound to any movement. As a sculptor, his works are characterized by a pervasive eroticism and take as a starting point the human body (mostly female) that the artist sometimes fills with elements borrowed from nature. The search for formal balance is evident. He worked mostly from recyclable materials. The use of metal – iron, steel, brass or aluminium – is inseparable from his style and the ‘métal direct’ technique is linked to his name. In the 1960's, Hiquily turned his attention to making furniture from his favourite material. His furniture is actually an extension of his work in sculpture. They are technically challenging, beautifully crafted and carry with them all of the artist’s sculptural preoccupations and enthusiasms.

 
Hirschhorn, Thomas
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in Switzerland in 1957, he lives and works in Paris.

Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn is known for his sculptures and installations created with everyday materials like old paper, aluminum, cardboard or plastic. Hirschhorn’s use of common materials is a political statement against capitalism, globalization and the consumer goods industry. His art often revolves around people he admires, like writer Georges Bataille or philosopher Gilles Deleuze. Hirschhorn’s art is often intended to be interactive: by creating installations in the street or in residential neighborhoods, the artist wants to bring the art out of the museum and involve the people in the artistic process.

 

 
Hirst, Damien
"La Gioia" october - december 2014 
"
Red" september - december 2012


Born in 1965 in England. Lives and works in Devon and London.

Since the late 1980’s, Damien Hirst has used varied practices - installation, sculpture, painting and drawing - to explore the complex relationship between art, science, life and death. His work investigates and challenges contemporary belief systems, and dissects the tensions and uncertainties at the heart of human experience through unexpected and unconventional media. In 1991 Hirst began his famous series Natural History. Through preserving creatures - like a shark or a cow - in minimalist steel and glass tanks filled with formaldehyde solution, he intended to create a "zoo of dead animals." Hirst uses the tools and iconography of science and religion, creating pieces whose intensity offer the viewer insight into art that transcends our familiar understanding of those domains.

 

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Hokusai
"Icon(s)" april - july 2015

Born in Japan in 1760, he died in 1849.

Hokusai is, without a doubt, the most famous Japanese artist of all time. In the Western world, the discovery of his art in the 19th century led to a period of unprecedented enthusiasm towards Japanese art. Born in a modest family, Hokusai (one of the more than thirty pseudonyms he used throughout his life) had already worked for a book seller and a woodcarver before becoming, at eighteen, an apprentice at the prestigious studio of Katsukawa Shunsho, a master of ukiyo-e, a traditional woodblock printing technique in which Hokusai soon excelled and which made his success. Hokusai’s varied body of work includes portraits of courtesans and actors, illustrated books, architecture handbooks, erotic drawings, scenes of everyday life and landscapes.


 

 
Holloway, Evan
"Everybody is crazy, but me" april - july 2016

Born in the California in 1967, he lives and works in Los Angeles.

Evan Holloway obtained a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1997. While he is first and foremost a sculptor, he also creates drawings, photographs, collages, videos and sound installations. Holloway often creates sculptures that act as a commentary on our contemporary society and its values. With his sculptures, which could be described as walking the line between abstraction and figuration, the artist experiments with forms, colors, the human figure, as well as geometrical and mathematical systems.

 

 
Holz, George
"Lightness?" january - march 2012

Born in the USA. Lives and works between New York, Los Angeles and Europe.

The works of George Holz include nudes, fashion and celebrity portraits. At the beginning of his career, Holz assisted Helmut Newton, who urged him to move to Milan to pursue his artistic vision. After five years in Europe, he moved to New York and opened his own studio, dedicating himself both to commercial and personal work. His photographs have been published in The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair and GQ, among others.

 

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Hommelen, Nicolas
"Young Collectors" september - december 2013

Born in 1961 in Belgium. Lives and works in Borgerhout.

Artist Jörgen Voordeckers works under the pseudonym of Nicolas Hommelen, or simply N. H. His creations reflect his great love for old painting techniques. He paints contemporary images in a classic way and gives them an ancient aspect with the use of the glazing technique. For him, painting remains a fascinating medium. He focuses on the artisanal, deliberately avoiding reproducibility. The idea of symmetry is recurrent in Voordeckers’ work. He also deals with questions about language, perception and reality.

 


 
Hosking, Mark
"La Gioia" october - december 2014 

Born in 1971 in England. Lives and works between London and Amsterdam.

In his sculptural work, Mark Hosking transforms and remakes objects challenging their former use-value assigned within western consumer society. His works are complex and combine functionalism and aesthetic standards. Simple objects used in daily life are changed in what he calls “social sculptures,” with the function of cooking or fishing and at the same time becoming instruments through which the contemporary man can regress to a “primitive” state.

 


 
Hubbard, Alex
"Inner Journeys" april - june 2013

Born in 1975 in the USA. Lives and works in New York.

Alex Hubbard values the materiality and tactility at each stages of the creation process of his paintings and videos, rather than deriving satisfaction from their finished resolution. He adopts a cross-media strategy, making films as a painter and painting as a sculptor. His artworks explore the construction, composition, mass, color and depth of images in unexpected ways. Hubbard’s videos, often described as ‘moving paintings’, surround the viewers with bold colors, performative gestures, and evolving compositions. Building and art materials, urban detritus, and domestic items make their way into his creations.

 


 
Hubert, Gauthier
"Everybody's crazy, but me" april - july 2016
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014
 
"Femininity 0.1" september - december 2011
"Origin(s)" may - june 2011

 
Born in 1967 in Belgium. Lives and works in Brussels.

“I paint to speak about painting.” For Gauthier Hubert, an image never exists alone but is related to other images, stories or texts. Therefore, the relationship between text and image is inherent to his works and the titles play a crucial role, giving the keys to understanding or adding a new layer of meaning. Painting is for him a performative act, which allows to explore all the techniques and possibilities of the medium. Hubert’s body of work develops a well thought game between fiction and reality, exploring elements from Art History, comic strips and fairy tales filled with humor and irony.

 

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Hüwels, Lien
"Youth: portraits of artists, between freedom and fight" september 2014 

Born in 1988 in Belgium. Lives and works in Antwerp.
Studied at Sint-Lucas Antwerp.


 

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Huynh, Jean-Baptiste
"Resonance(s)" april - june 2014 

Born in 1966 in France. Lives and works in Paris.

As an autodidact, Jean-Baptiste Huynh taught himself photographic, lighting and printing techniques, developing a very personal style. After a broad experience in the world of fashion, it was during a travel to Vietnam in search of his origins (his father was Vietnamese) that he started to diversify his production, becoming especially interested in portraiture. In Hanoi he came in contact with a world not yet known to him, which inspired a series of photographs that he would later continue in his further travels to other Asian countries. The face, and the gaze in particular, are at the core of his work, as well as the use of light, a sense of timelessness and the attempt to capture infinity.

 

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