Antoine Roegiers

The Burn of Awakening

Belgian artist Antoine Roegiers is coming to Galerie Templon this autumn with the solo exhibition The Burn of Awakening, a series of seventeen oils on canvas centred on an exploration of a world in transition where nature reclaims what is hers.

Exhibition view, The Burn of Awakening, TEMPLON Bruxelles, 2023
Exhibition view, The Burn of Awakening, TEMPLON Bruxelles, 2023

Antoine Roegiers discovered the works of the masters of the Flemish School, from Peter Brueghel to Jérôme Bosch, as a student at the Paris École des Beaux-Arts. Fascinated by their highly distinctive vision of narrative, perspective, viewpoint, staging and time, Antoine Roegiers conjures up different universes, poetic, dreamlike, sometimes even humorous, resulting in tableaux that resemble the animation films he has become skilled in making.

Since 2018, Antoine Roegiers has been reflecting and working on a “visual narrative” project: a series of paintings which together tell a single story over several years. Humour, solemnity and poetry rub shoulders, offering us food for thought about today’s world as well as the chance to laugh at ourselves.

La Brûlure de l’Éveil plunges the visitor headfirst into an almost apocalyptic world. Gigantic flames, reflecting the climate emergency, set the sky ablaze above desolate landscapes criss-crossed by skeletons on their cart, tirelessly gathering the masks abandoned by reckless humans.

They fight over this precious booty with a pack of determined dogs and some mischievous crows.

Antoine Roegiers subverts the codes of the traditional hunting scene: here the object of the hunt is artifice. It symbolises the world of appearances that humans have built. The masks have fallen. Thoughtlessness is a thing of the past. We can no longer close our eyes to the consequences of our actions. Tomorrow’s problems are here.

“My canvases are a space open to the imagination and to interpretation of all possibilities. I want to explore a world that doesn’t exist and bring it to life with my brush and my pigments dipped in oil, to make it plausible with dreamscapes that form a visual narrative. It’s an ongoing dream, the paintings are interlinked and follow on from each other to form a coherent whole, as I see it: an open narrative thread, chronologically changeable and endless.”


La poursuite, 2023


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The artist

Born in 1980 in Belgium, Antoine Roegiers lives and works in Paris. He fuses his knowledge of classic painting with contemporary animation techniques. Putting technology and his talent for drawing to good use, he breathes life into fantastical characters typical of the Flemish masters, taking liberties with them and inventing stories that never stay still.

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