Wouters (b. 1958 Brussels), lived and worked in Paris, Tokyo, Italy, Dubai, and Los Angeles.
Studied drawing from an early age, then Ballet, filmmaking and various performing arts.
In his career as an artist he has shown an intense sensitivity to the nature of both the body and the spirit.
After studying and dancing with Maurice Béjart and Lindsay Kemp, Wouters started working as a performing artist and as an independent filmmaker, his work selected by the British Film Institute, the Tsukuba University Japan, the Director Fortnight section (Quinzaine des réalisateurs) at the Cannes Film Festival in 1981 (Brian Eno – Music for Films), and receiving several awards in international film festivals, New-York, San Francisco, Paris, Praha, Teheran, Montreal.
Selected solo exhibitions include
“PORTRAITS & NUDES” Ariel Meyrowitz Gallery (New York, 2005),
“FACES” Knott Gallery (Brussels, 2008),
“PORTRAITS” The Marunouchi Gallery (Tokyo 2006)
“SHADOW OF THE SKY” The Marunouchi Gallery (Tokyo 2008)
”BUDDHAS” The Marunouchi Gallery (Tokyo 2009)
“LANDSCAPES” The Empty Quarter Gallery (Dubai, 2009),
“THE SWEETEST EMBRACE OF ALL” Taka Ishii Gallery (Kyoto 2010),
“PORTRAITS & BUDDHAS” Noho Modern (Los Angeles 2011),
“L’AGNEAU MYSTIQUE” Loo&Lou Gallery (Paris 2016)
“PORTRAITS & BUDDHAS” Loo&Lou Gallery (Paris 2016)
In the 90’s he worked as a film maker and fashion photographer, his speciality being Beauty and Woman expressed in a simple and natural manner.(Lancôme, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Louis Féraud, Tag Heuer, etc.)
Wouters also collaborated with fashion designer Marc Jacobs for ARTREAGEOUS at Bloomingdale’s (New York, 2007).
In 2011, he performed CRINOLINE MAN at the LACMA museum (Los Angeles), and SHADOW WALKER at the MOCA museum (Tucson, AZ).
In 2012 he was awarded the POLLOCK-KRASNER Foundation Grant in NYC.
About his portraits and bodies:
” Works on display are created by the analog method of photographing and re-photographing repeatedly an “original” image. This unique approach captures daily light present as part of the process and the resulting works gradually develop as more abstract and painterly. Pale images slowly appear and when present activate the imagination and memories of viewers in various ways – sometimes producing an apparently infinitely expanding visual field. With a deep respect for great Masters of paintings, Wouters creates painterly and sensual works using photography as a medium.
Jean Claude Wouters continues to work in the grand tradition of master portraiture.” Taka Ishii Gallery Kyoto – 2010
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