Exhibit by Isabelle Scheltjens
Isabelle SCHELTJENS portraits in glass are simply put – beautiful. Their effect is a candied aesthetic, shimmering with light and buoyant energy. Her portraits are an impassioned riposte of the familiar and iconic, re-imagined and current in effect. They exist as a compelling commentary, meticulously constructed, and ultimately breathtaking. Her colorful geometric compositions are stylized, methodical abstractions based on simple and codifiable elements. The employment of colored glass is charted, placed, then overlayed, and fused into a unique and orchestrated anatomy. Her subject of recognizable and revered personages offers a nod to celebrity, voyeurism and nostalgia, and assures the engagement of its audience, as it ignites their curiosity and enthusiasm. Residing in Belgium where she studied at the SISA Antwerp Institute of Decorative Arts and Crafts and influenced, as well, by her husband’s own work in glass, SCHELTJENS continues her magnificent and compelling explorations. Her work has been exhibited in various galleries in Europe, Asia, and Dubai.