Quinten Ingelaere (°1985, Ghent) lives and works in Antwerp. He graduated (MFA) from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp in 2009.
His work was recently included in “I could have lived here” curated by Emmanuel
Lambion (Museum M, Leuven), MAGMA, (Antwerp), “Master Maquette” (Verbeke Foundation, Kemzeke), Maison Grégoire (Brussels), “Beeldruim #3”, Nucleo (Ghent), “Retrospective / Introspective”, Dauwens & Beernaert (Brussels) and “A Belgian Politician”, Marion de Cannière (Antwerp). In 2014 CC Maasmechelen hosted his first major solo exhibition “Muscicapidae”.
Quinten Ingelaere’s paintings depict baroque, sometimes even burlesque compositions of allegories, opulent garlands, unconventional still lifes and evocative scenes. Even though no direct narrative exists between the works, a common alienating atmosphere prevails.
By adopting the imagery, strategies and techniques of old masters, the paintings of Quinten Ingelaere look seemingly very familiar upon first sight. Indeed, the paintings aim at a visual vocabulary and iconography that is rooted in our subconscious and our collective memory. All works make use of a learned and shared visual vocabulary.
However, not a single garland can be reduced to a composition of flowers; the alleged doves, fishes, angels and flowers are in fact amorphous / deformed structures that seem to operate in a parallel universe. Although the paintings of Quinten Ingelaere are essentially figurative they therefore also have a high degree of abstraction.
Quinten Ingelaere’s paintings interpret, redefine and decontextualize classic themes and iconography, and therefore operate as allegories of alienation. They do not only deceive the eye, they also wilfully deceive and challenge our shared visual language, cognitive maps and patterns of expectation.