LIMITLESS NATURE – have YOUR WORKS published in a beautiful hardcover art album! We look forward to seeing any artistic creation that shows the beauty or story of our nature. Wild and not-so-wild animals, landscapes, flora.
photography (macro and drone included)
The only rule is that people shall not be the main subject of your work.
Apply for free before June the 15th!(UPDATE: June 25th)!
1) Fill in a preliminary application for the Limitless Nature 2021 edition. We will review your work. 2) If the artist is approved, they will be notified by July the 5th. 3) After approval, you will need to pay a participation fee ranging from 35€ to 56€ check the details
“Colorful art steals the show – as it should. Art is made to stand out – and that’s what I like about it. My house is, just as my life, a showroom!”
These are the words of the Belgian artist Ida Heylighen, whom I present to you here, through her thoughts about art and its impact on her life.
Q: Back in time, you’ve been told that “you’re not creative enough,” my question to you is: How did you felt then and how do you feel now!?
When I was told to drop out of art school, I felt devastated. All my life I’ve been saying that I wantto pursue an art career and be told I can’t, it was heartbreaking. I felt knocked down for a longer period. I skipped classes, stopped meeting friends, … Luckily I had just met my boyfriend (who is now my husband), he convinced me to try to follow my dreams.
Q: Now you are all-round art teacher, can you tell us what it means to be a teacher for you ” the artist”!?
My boyfriend is the one that came up with the art teacher-idea. And I’m still thankful for that. It was the best decision I’ve ever made as I love (!) being a teacher. My pupils inspire me every day, they question everything. I teach teenagers who do not want to be an artist, they study sports, languages and/or science. Nothing artsy at all. But it’s them, questioning me and the (“non-existing”) importance of art that triggers me to be better. To teach them that art does matter to everyone!
Q: What is inspiring you during the creative process and to create?
In my opinion, I need the social interaction of my work as a teacher to grow as an artist. If I locked myself away in my atelier to paint all day, I would never feel the same or get triggered by other people and their insights.
I’m inspired by modern society, mostly by social media at the moment. It never ceases to amaze me. The technology itself, but especially the fact that people can (and will be) influenced by it. A couple of people I know are ‘influencers’, they create and post pictures of a luxurious lifestyle. A lifestyle they don’t really have – just to sell products.
Our society is materialistic, I’m too, but portraying yourself falsely takes it too far in my eyes. One of influencers I follow myself also, did fall in a depression and “burn-out” due to the pressure of social media. The life she displayed wasn’t her own, and she felt break down because she couldn’t live up to it..
Q: I think your art is amazing! And from what I’ve seen, with an expressionist palette, an abstractionist synthesis, pop-art roots, a sense of surrealism, your art is very deep and modern! Which of those faces of your art characterizes you the most as an artist!?
My art shows abstract people/figures with one (or more) realistic eyes – because no matter how hard you try, you can never fully hide your true self. Not online and not in real life.
I feel like the surrealism is my Belgian roots speaking, as Magritte is one of the most famous Belgian artists ever. I love pop-art for its meaning and bright colors – it’s really expressive. But I, myself, always describe my work as abstract with a small hint to realism. I’m not too confident about putting a label on my art, as I create without thinking through the style. Painting, for me, is about clearing my head. It’s putting all my thoughts and feelings onto canvas. For that I really (!!) appreciate your definition of my style – as I could never say something like that about my paintings myself. But if I had to choose, I’d pick expressionism. I love hearing other people interpretations of my art – as art should speak different to each one of us.
Q: Looking back in art’s history do you believe that it is hard to be an artist or not and why!?
Nowadays everyone can display their work on the internet, for everyone to see. But that makes it hard too. Millions of artists try to sell and show their work on social media or on their own website, but to reach the right people isn’t easy. Everyone with a brush (or laptop, or …) can call themselves an artist and who are we to debate it?
In my opinion it’s the same level of difficult to be an artist now and/or in the past. The only true difference is that everyone may be an artist, despite race or gender.
Q: What is the book and/or painting that changed your life?
When I read ‘Life doesn’t frighten me’ by Maya Angelou, accompanied with paintings of Basquiat, it truly touched me. The poems are ’simple’ but moving, and the paintings… The paintings fit perfect. Basquiat is one of my favorite artists of all time. He catches so much feelings in one painting. He amazes me every time.
It’s Basquiat who showed me that art doesn’t has to be ‘perfect’ as long as it shows emotions. I hope that my art does that as well – in some way.
Q: Do you want to be the muse of an artist whether if he is alive or dead?
I’m a big fan of old rock bands such as Guns ’n Roses, The Doors, Pink Floyd, … If I could be one their muses, I’d be honored. I’d rather be the muse of a band than a muse to a painter, as I’d love to get free tickets to a concert!
Q: Do you have a pet?
I have two dogs, a Podenco (rescued from Spain) and an Italian greyhound.
Q:What color do you like?
My house is made of concrete and black steel, it’s really minimalistic. There are no other colors inside, except for a golden kitchen, and the art. I like muted tones like beige, black and white but in art I like bold and bright colors.
“Art is made to stand out!” – and that’s what I like about it. My house is, just as my life, a showroom. Colorful art steals the show – as it should!
Visual analysis – by Madalina Dragos.
Ida’s favorite subjects are compositions with characters and genre painting, or compositions in that appears animals . The character painted, the most, by Ida is the “woman” presented in a reversed vision from the inside to the outside catching the viewer into the middle of all the emotions through the “eye” of the subject!
The compositions of Ida have a strong emotional dynamism thru the fact that the characters have suggestive forces, by synthesizing all the forms, she thus annihilates the realism inviting in the inner world painted by her. I quote Ida: “I paint women, mostly abstract but with realistic eye, because we are not things. Women are strong and should be treated as such. Everyone should look us in the eye and acknowledge that are as important as men.“
Ida, thru her compositions let the viewer to imagine the continuation of the characters’ bodies outside the plastic space. In this way the viewer becomes part of the painted world.
The “full-empty” ratio it is used to compensate for the lack of the perspective with a preponderance of a “full”. There where isn’t a domination of the “full”, Ida approaches a pictoriality in the backgrounds through by wide, chromatically vibrated brushstrokes or by graphic overlays. The lines used by Ida are firm, mostly wavy, which join together each other causing shapes that can be imagined by the viewer, the latter do not necessarily coincide with the artist’s intention. Through the modulated line, wavy or not, which is repeated rhythmically in the vertical or spiral direction, which has become a personal way of Ida to create accents, she highlights the essential by making visible the tension movements inside the characters painted by her.
The details are small, the forms simplified until to their synthesis, but expressive and full of suggestions, creating around them personal symbols, individualizing the existing characters in the artist’s compositions.
Ida has a bright color palette, using spectral colors instead of local colors. She spreads the color on large surfaces, in flat spots, alternating with pictorial details in which the brush strokes are intertwined.
Ida’s colors do not imitate reality, they are symbolic, with chromatic contrasts but also with refined accords. With a strong emotional impact, the colors used by Ida oscillate between warm and cold.
With her palette and the way she uses all the elements of plastic language, Ida creates symbols through which she expresses her ideas and feelings.
The achromatism appears in her compositions to give depth, in the background or as a center of interest, emphasizing deep meanings of the emotions of the painted characters, which the viewer is invited to discover!
Ida has in her composition intense chromatic contrasts, reminiscent of expressionists, along with a surreal feeling by creating symbols and placing in the same plastic space some elements from nature. She is attracted to ideas and symbols, uses all the elements of plastic language in this sense, transforms the flat surface into the pictorial through graphic overlays, makes background games, synthesizes to abstraction, individualizes and highlights certain characteristics of the painted characters.
Her characters have expressive poses, with roots in the imaginative, placed centrally or not, can sometimes be melancholic, dramatic or relentless.
With her spontaneous and forceful brush strokes, Ida create in the same time an atmosphere of inner agitation but also of meditative silence.
The linear rhythm becomes very dynamic, where the difference is to a greater extent in favor of the empty space, creating an atmosphere of restlessness thru movement.
We cannot overlook the single eye that covers a large part of the head at some of the characters painted by Ida and the symbolism of this. The absorption of the being by the external world and a vigilance always directed towards the outside, it almost leaves the body heading towards the object of perception.
Metaphorically, the eyes painted by Ida represent the desire in some cases, but also the universe or the inner world in other cases of the characters that appear in her compositions.
For 20 years I have been a digital artist. My characters have been funky and simple. I started as a vector graphic designer and illustrator designing posters, logos and brochures. Later on, I worked on magazine editorial and advertising illustration commissions for clients in Italy, the UK and the USA.
In the meantime, I was exploring automatic drawing as a technique for relaxation. They were just doodles to me, nothing much. I usually sketched on small sheets of paper, then larger and larger ones. My work was very abstract with some characters, heads, eyes and other figurative elements in it. So for the higher aesthetics purpose, I created 3D computer models of these drawings and suddenly became quite well-known for this type of work. It was more than 10 years ago.
Another stage was pure line work with black markers. These were just strange and funny characters connected by a single line all over the artwork. I used the style in a children’s book too and led a few workshops with kids thanks to the simplicity.
After many years of doing creative artwork, I started to explore acrylic painting. It was not an easy process, I tested out gouache, oils, watercolors too. Finally, I arrived at a stage, when my art feels ready for people to appreciate it more and more. And it actually works!
When did you realized art its part of you?
Art is always part of my life – by day or night.
How your career unfolded?
I studied graphic design, film and TV graphics in Bratislava and Prague, then started to focus more on illustration and digital art. My previous clients include HR Magazine, Popular Mechanics, Future Music, Computer Arts, The Economist, The Guardian, Petplan magazine, Orange, Microsoft Games Studios and others. As a designer, I also collaborated on an animated title sequence for the Hollywood film Nanny McPhee 2 with London based Voodoodog Animation studio. My work has been published in books, and exhibited all around the world.
When do you feel most connected with Universe?
Sometimes I meditate by the computer browsing the internet and imagine fantastic events to happen in my professional life. Later they tend to materialize in reality. Two examples – I always dreamed of being presented on national television news and there you go, I was interviewed for the main TV news a few months ago. I also wished hard to have the opportunity to be published by the Guardian newspaper in the UK, and I was given a chance by the art director in 2018.
How your work comments on current social or political issues?
As an illustrator, I usually respond to a variety of briefs created by writers and art directors. Some of my illustrations were created around environmental themes. I even wrote and illustrated a children’s book about a boy who saved a sea whale. I don’t illustrate or comment on politics, but I am interested in the position of women in society and give them major credit in my fine art too. I wrote more about my visual art response to global issues in my article on the blog of the Royal Society of Arts in London.
What is something that no one or very few people know about you?
When I was very young, I trained karate, I was a tennis player and I also played the piano.
What is your life’s big question?
I invested a lot of energy into my artistic development and freelance career, so the biggest question is always my life stability. I have a strong vision of being a full-time artist and follow my dreams.
So is an artist a dreamer or a tough figure with a fragile soul? Is art a better part of the artist’s soul and acts as a guide for the crowd? I hope that our artist Petra led you to the answer with her interview and works.
VOLUMES OF DARKNESS – have YOUR WORKS published in a beautiful hardcover art album! We look forward to seeing any artistic creation that shows art of black and white. Magic of light, shadow, art of contrast and emotions.
photography (macro and drone included)
Apply for free before September the 10th, 2021 (new deadline 17/09/21)
1) Fill in a preliminary application for the Volumes of Darkness 2021 edition. We will review your work. 2) If the artist is approved, they will be notified by end of September 2021. 3) After approval, you will need to pay a participation fee ranging from 35€ to 56€ check the details
Collaboration and support in the artistic world is priceless!
With a great pleasure, let us announce BAV’s partnership with theBelgian Art platform.
On the Belgian Art you will discover a large choice of artworks of exclusively Belgian artists, art organizations and Belgian galleries. You may create an account and place the best artworks in your favorites.
If you are an art collector or a gallery representative, you will find there the most divine artwork and get in contact with artists to buy, rent or make an appointment to see the artwork in real life. The artist will certainly appreciate your interest in his work. Discover how it works for art lovers : Art lovers
If you are an artist yourself, check out how it works via for artists: Artists
Exhibit your works in the heart of Brussels in October 2021!
This is an open call for artists, who would like to participate in the physical exhibition of their works in a gallery in the center of Brussels. The exhibition will last 2 weeks, including vernissage, finissage, and weekend event.
2 weeks (18 – 31 October), physical exhibition in an elegant gallery (see photos above) in the heart of Brussels (2 min walk from Grand Place, Mont des Arts and Central Station)
Full time presence of a curator, who will also talk to prospective clients and visitors in the gallery
No commission on sold works
3 events – vernissage, finissage and weekend event (drinks, snacks and service included)
Advertisement costs are already included in the participation fee
Open call conditions and fees:
Due date to send your entry – July the 31st 2021
9 artists will be selected
priority is given to the authors who were already published in one of the BAV’s books
each artist may expose 3 to 5 works, which may be replaced during the exhibition.
participation costs are total of 470€ per artist (an advance of 60€ will be needed after selection). The rest of the fee will be payable in the second half of September.
artists will need to deliver their works to the gallery, fix them on a wall, and collect after the expo (if not possible, we may agree on shipping arrangements individually).
Collaboration and support in the artistic world is priceless!
Polish Women Photographers community is a space for women and non-binary people for whom self-realization is important and the need to speak up on important social issues through the medium of photography. PWP wants to inspire, support, and promote their work.
PWP is a very dynamic community with a very engaged audience. Our collaboration started with the Human Body is Art 2021 edition and occurred very fruitful! Many artists applied thanks to their publication and several of them made it to the book!
Małgorzata Wakuluk, the founder of PWP, has written very encouraging words to their audience:
“I personally recommend this initiative to you. You already know me well enough that I am constantly trying to encourage you to meet all the possibilities that will help you realize your photographic passion and continuous artistic development. I have already tested on myself many times that contact gives contact. And even if it doesn’t bring you the big win right away, it keeps you growing and the impossible becomes more and more possible.”
We couldn’t agree more!
BAV is very open to such collaboration. If you happen to represent an artistic community, art gallery, or other artistic groups, and you would be interested in a partnership with BAV, please contact us at email@example.com .
Here are Human Body is Art 2021 edition participants who have applied through the PWP:
You may also see these and all other works published in the Human Body is Art 2021 edition in the free eBooks – click here!
Black and white photography makes the female body special, with the use of light and shadow giving it a high emotional value. In particular, the directions of Roberto Bogers, photography teacher at the Center for the Arts in Eindhoven, inspired me in this special corner of photographing people.
Hello there, I’m Alexis Stefanides, dreamer, artist, and slightly addicted to coffee and music. I am guided by a great feeling of LOVE about LIFE. My biggest loves are my beautiful wife and my little son. Art is a personal thing that touches everyone differently. We all have our own unique style and creative vision that we see in life. My studies in psychology made me want to find a way to capture the connection between people or with their inner world. For me moment matters! So, photography was the path.
I was born, live, and work in Ferrara-IT. My background is sociology, I’m a conferences organizer and I collaborate in the organization of the Riaperture Photofestival Ferrara. My interest in photography began a long time ago but I started shooting seriously in 2017. Today photography is the „bubble” where I can express myself freely, the images are my words. I define my language as a kind of poetics of small things, a very intimate search where images are most often a reflection of my inner world.
Tatum Kempers’ photographic work consists of self-portraits that she makes using various techniques. The process is like a diary to her. With this, she examines her inner conflicts. These photos are from the series „The Rules Are Broken,” in which she reflects on the pandemic. Tatum Kempers lives in the Netherlands. She has been working as an artist and photographer since graduating from the School of Photography in 2014. She exhibits both nationally and internationally.
I was born on May 2nd, 1980, I am married and the mother of three wonderful children. I work in my studio under the name Arteria Art mainly in oil on canvas, but I use a variety of techniques and teach as a lecturer in the visual arts. I exhibit at home and abroad and have won several nominations and placements of various art prizes. My style is figurative painting, although that was never a conscious choice as more of a kind of birthmark.
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“In 2020 I started photographing my fascination for the human body, movement, energy, lines within the body (muscle or shadow), and expression. It inspires me HOW someone is as an individual. Their likes, their passion, their energy, and their character. How they move and act. I try to capture them in their natural element. I try to portray them in such a way that I hope the public will get the same feeling I get when I work with people. My design method is Homo Ludens.”
Cristiana Elena Capota
“I am a Romanian photographer, based in Cluj Napoca, who experiments with portraiture. I strive to find beauty in the peculiar, twisting the human form and using it to create an aura of restlessness around my art.”
“Growing up, I mostly felt alone as a below the right knee amputee – save for the company of my uncle. He had lost his thumb in a carpentry accident some years around my birth, and so it always warmed my heart to go downstairs and see his stump that looked like mine. Here, I captured the image in all of his smoky Brooklyn glory, the natural cadence of my extended family. This photo is tribute, celebration, and a thank you.”
Born in Flanders (B), 22/06/62, living near Brussels, novice amateur photographer. Since 2015 member of the collective ‘Stadsbiografie Brussel’. I carry my Fuji cameras with humor, compassion, and a lot of curiosity. My appetite to taste the unknown is innate. How people behave and interact in and with their surroundings triggers me to immortalize them in photography. Like most of the street photographers, I am a bit voyeuristic and I prefer to take candid shots. Viviane Maier is my heroine!
In Cantonese, the sound KIU refers to „a bridge / to bridge”. KIU’s art practice is based on the idea that communication exists prior to language. Communication emerges from the entanglements of the elements within the environment. The work develops through intuitive experimentation with material encounters that belong to a specific place, resulting in intimate documentation that raises questions about possibilities and limits of human senses in relation to the environment.
Born in 1989 in Ełk, a town in the Mazury region in the east of Poland. Currently lives and creates in Białystok. An independent artist. In her works, she focuses on man, his emotions, fears, and inner pain. On the silhouette subjected to constant experiences, which often seemingly calm shows a troubled interior. According to the artist: „Human is a mystery for me, which every time I try to discover anew, measuring myself with my own demons”.
Maria Panagiota Giannakaki
„Under the blanket of white cloth, the statues looked mysterious and oddly alive”. The above words from Lizzie’s Calliga’s book entitled „Metoikesis”, were the source of inspiration for the creation of my own photo sequence entitled „Breathe”, which consists of a total of thirteen self-portrait photos. My photographic narrative has exactly this purpose. To bring to life a lifeless statue that initially follows the principle of covering the whole body first and parts of it later.
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