Profile: Koen van den Broek
Born 1973, Belgium
Koen van den Broek has observed that ‘with just a few lines a space can be created’. In his paintings this space describes both the so-called ‘real’ world, and a more conceptual one – an empty highway, a deserted snow-bound village, or the abstraction born of a concrete stain on the corner of a big, anonymous town. Seemingly straightforward objects or landmarks – a red pipe, a footpath, bridge, barn or a truck for example – are painted with a blunt, descriptive clarity. Suddenly, however, the focus might, without warning, veer away from the big picture and hurtle into the details of a composition so skewed it takes a minute to recognize its provenance.