Tom Liekens (°1977, Bonheiden, Belgium) makes authentic work with a very own visual language, with which he holds a very unique position within the art world. In his monumental paintings and collages, we often see nature in her artificial form, in the shape of zoo’s or natural history museums, or from the way in which landscapes and animals were presented throughout art history, in fairy tales or in movies.
The artist lives and works in Antwerp. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in 1999. He participated in numerous exhibitions in Belgium and abroad, was awarded the Camille Huysmans Prize for Painting (2006) and was nominated for the Art Prize of the Province of Antwerp (2005). His work is included in numerous private and public collections, such as the M HKA, Belfius, the National Bank of Belgium, The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Antwerp University, Antwerp Art Collection and the Museum of Bommel-Van Dam Venlo.
During his residency Tom Liekens made large collages from monotypes and woodcuts. He experimented a lot and was looking for a direct approach of the graphic medium. The new works take place in a prehistoric era when dinosaurs were the rulers of the world. The images are inspired by the 19th century concept of dinosaurs, whose fossilized skeletons were attributed to Biblical monsters from the period of the Flood. The stop-motion dino’s from early Hollywood movies such as ‘1 million Years BC’, ‘The Land that Time forgot’ or ‘King Kong’ also served as a starting point for this bold series of paintings, collages and woodcuts full of action and drama.
04.09.2017 - 29.09.2017