POL BURY (1922 – 2005)
He studied at the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Mons, joined the surrealist group “Rupture” and also worked with the Cobra movement. When he discovered the sculptor Alexander Calder, the movement appealed to him and he abandoned painting to take up sculpture instead. Pol Bury concentrates on the art of movement and focuses on three elements: form, space and movement, which confer new energy to the work of art. He applied the theory for the first time in the “plans mobiles”, compositions in which the flat components could slide on top of each other with the help of a hand. His “multiplans” were more kinetic, as they were powered by electricity. In 1971 he went on to create large - or rather colossal - works of art. Slow movements are characteristic of his works, which are often contradictory. Bury is at ease working as a painter, sculptor or graphic artist.