Overview

Robbert Fortgens’ works are abstract, radiating an exceptional energy, coming from a stage in life where the artist fully opts for the limits of the very essential. This major crossroad demands a confrontation of fear and loss, evolution and total focus, feeling extremely driven yet relaxed.

 

Although his work appears modern, one slowly gets the feeling that it contains an archaic strength that is different from the avant-garde style. Fortgens initially painted still lifes with beautiful realistic fruits and graceful female figures. However, he noted how the conventions of a profession influence a painting and how this can be oppressive - how creating artistic content and depth can get in the way of a sharp vision. 


This inspiring and freeing thought of removal forms the centre of Fortgens latest works as it gives him the opportunity to do what he had dreamed of all his life - namely to paint what he feels inside. Progress in his body of works now mean to let go.

 

Physically challenging, Robbert chooses to immerse himself completely in the build up of his works, layer upon layer as to let the creation fully unfold and flow. Each colour makes way for the next one, life upon life, being very present but not dominating, layers of the earth, the soul and the mind.

 

 

Installation shots
Works
  • Robbert Fortgens, Blue Lines, 2022
    Robbert Fortgens
    Blue Lines, 2022
    Mixed media on canvas
    170 x 130 x 17 cm
    66 ⅞ x 51 ⅛ x 6 ¾ in
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  • Robbert Fortgens, Blue Lines 2, 2022
    Robbert Fortgens
    Blue Lines 2, 2022
    Mixed media on canvas
    127 x 76 x 9 cm
    50 x 30 x 3 ½ in
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  • Robbert Fortgens, Coloured Fields, 2022
    Robbert Fortgens
    Coloured Fields, 2022
    Mixed media on canvas
    125 x 160 x 9 cm
    49 ¼ x 63 x 3 ½ in
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  • Robbert Fortgens, Under the Skin 10, 2022
    Robbert Fortgens
    Under the Skin 10, 2022
    Mixed media on canvas
    125 x 77 x 10 cm
    49 ¼ x 30 ¼ x 4 in
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  • Robbert Fortgens, Under the Skin 11, 2022
    Robbert Fortgens
    Under the Skin 11, 2022
    Mixed media on canvas
    33 x 33 x 7 cm
    13 x 13 x 2 ¾ in
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  • Robbert Fortgens, Under the Skin 12, 2022
    Robbert Fortgens
    Under the Skin 12, 2022
    Mixed media on canvas
    34 x 46 x 7 cm
    13 ⅜ x 18 ⅛ x 2 ¾ in
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  • Robbert Fortgens, Under the Skin 13, 2022
    Robbert Fortgens
    Under the Skin 13, 2022
    Mixed media on canvas
    33 x 33 x 7 cm
    13 x 13 x 2 ¾ in
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  • Robbert Fortgens, Under the Skin 14, 2022
    Robbert Fortgens
    Under the Skin 14, 2022
    Mixed media on canvas
    33 x 33 x 7 cm
    13 x 13 x 2 ¾ in
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  • Robbert Fortgens, Under the Skin 15, 2022
    Robbert Fortgens
    Under the Skin 15, 2022
    Mixed media on canvas
    46 x 40 x 7 cm
    18 ⅛ x 15 ¾ x 2 ¾ in
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  • Robbert Fortgens, Under the Skin 16, 2022
    Robbert Fortgens
    Under the Skin 16, 2022
    Mixed media on canvas
    33 x 33 x 7 cm
    13 x 13 x 2 ¾ in
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  • Robbert Fortgens, Under the Skin 7, 2022
    Robbert Fortgens
    Under the Skin 7, 2022
    Mixed media on canvas
    83 x 75 x 8 cm
    32 ⅝ x 29 ½ x 3 ⅛ in
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  • Robbert Fortgens, Under the Skin 8, 2022
    Robbert Fortgens
    Under the Skin 8, 2022
    Mixed media on canvas
    140 x 140 x 8 cm
    55 ⅛ x 55 ⅛ x 3 ⅛ in
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  • Robbert Fortgens, Under the Skin 9, 2022
    Robbert Fortgens
    Under the Skin 9, 2022
    Mixed media on canvas
    122 x 122 x 7 cm
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  • Robbert Fortgens, Yellow Blow, 2022
    Robbert Fortgens
    Yellow Blow, 2022
    Mixed media on canvas
    180 x 130 x 5 cm
    70 ⅞ x 51 ⅛ x 2 in
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