Jan Fabre (1958) is a Belgian multidisciplinary artist. He made a name for himself as a drawer, opera maker, theatre director, performance artist, choreographer, set designer, painter, sculptor, installation maker and film producer. His work is groundbreaking, to say the least.
As a drawer, he is mostly known for his “Bic-art”, drawings with biro. He thinks the colour of biro equals the colour of the sky between nighttime and sunrise, when the sky is not yet light, but not dark either. He calls this colour “Hour blue”.
His bronze sculptures are also well known. He makes lots of references to famous authors or painters. For example, his sculpture “Searching for Utopia”, a huge turtle, is a reference to “Utopia” by Thomas More. The sculpture that was commissioned by the Queen of Belgium, “Heaven of Delight”, is a reference to “The Garden of Earthly Delights” by Hieronymus Bosch. Themes he uses in his work are often religion, death, life, the body and the sacrifice. This connects him to the classical masters.
Famous’ favourite works by Jan Fabre are his insect sculptures. His idea is that insects are the oldest computers on the planet. He explains, “I mean, look as for example a scarab beetle and look human beings: in the 40 thousand millions of years we have developed and changed a lot; and scarab beetles almost didn’t change.” He has made lots of sculptures including dead insects. So, that’s the reason why I call them the oldest computers, the oldest memory in the world.”
Jan Fabre has also made a special edition miniature art work for the Miniature Museum by Ria and Lex Daniels, which will be opened upcoming September in the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague. Mark your calendars!