The work of Carole Vanderlinden is an expedition in color, forms, planes, rhythm and patterns. She is a real painter, who tries to understand the nature of the material of a painter: a support, the paint and the brushwork. Reality is just something which surrounds her from which she filters elements that can feed her work. A fragment of a painting from art history, the texture of a piece of wood, a flower etc. Never will the painting be seen as something that copies something from reality. The painting is not a surface on which parts of reality are copied, it is a surface which is a window that opens up to other sensibilities.
Carole Vanderlinden (1973) studied at KASK and Sint-Lucas in Ghent, and lives and works in Brussels.
Vanderlinden’s paintings touch you straight away. They are direct, compact, powerful and funny. They are disarming, nod towards art history, and are at once extremely rich, but very simple. Each of her works is different to the others. Yet certain elements also recur: diagonally painted framing, plant motifs, skies and bodies of water, contrasts between thick and thin or matt and glossy passages of paint, and textures that give the impression you can see through to what lies beyond.
Carole Vanderlinden is a great admirer of Giotto, Bruegel, Cranach, Patinir, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse, Ensor and Picabia. But what her work expresses most strongly is her love of nature in all its facets, be it animals, crystals, mountains or plants.