SUPER BEAST | by Gijs van Lith

Friday, June 22, 2018 — Monday, July 23, 2018



Saturday, 23 June & Sunday, 24 June 2018

15.00 – 18.00


MPV Gallery Knokke – Zeedijk-Zoute 739-740, Knokke-Heist (BE)



Van Lith’s latest series of work delves into the relation between process and finished work by exhibiting the back or front of the painting as finished work. Simultaneously this shows a glimpse of his studio atmosphere and the freedom he permits himselve in not distinguishing and holding back his judgement for what is created during his painting-haze – or as he calls it ‘beast mode’.

‘SUPER BEAST’ is Gijs van Lith’s first solo exhibition at MPV Gallery in Knokke. Curated by Majke Hüsstege Projects.


Gijs van Lith, born in 1984, received his education at the art academy AKV St Joost in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL). After earning his bachelor’s degree, he obtained his master’s degree at the same academy a few years later in 2013. The work of Gijs van Lith quickly caught the attention of the artistic world; the artist has been nominated for several incentive prizes for young artists and in 2009 he won the Thieme Art Young Talent Award. Meanwhile, his work is also gaining international prominence and is being included in national and international private and corporate collections. He has previously exhibited in Düsseldorf, Brussels, London and New York, and he just showed a monumental installation during his solo-exhibition at the Kunsthal Rotterdam.

The creative process, his choice of (painting) materials, and method or strategy (often very labour intense) play an important role and are at start of each new work. Van Lith considers the canvas on which a painting is made to be just as important as the material he uses to paint it with. For example, the structure of a grid he paints on can also determine the final result. The underlying material of the work interacts with the different aspects of the artistic process: paints, composition, colours and, just as important, the manner of working. Van Lith paints layer after layer, but also regularly scratches and rubs away ‘to the bone’, so that the skin structure of the fabric can start to show craters and caves, accumulations and holes. The work is all about physicality, challenging the material’s limits and exploring the body-language of the painting and its process.

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