OCTAVE LANDUYT (Gent, 1922)
He studied at the Academie voor Schone Kunsten (Fine Arts Academy) in Kortrijk, but he is mostly self-taught. Other than painting, he also works with sculptures, visual arts, engraving, textile, drawings, jewellery design, tapestries, furniture and costumes. When his attention was also drawn to ceramics in 1958, Octave Landuyt possessed the knowledge of an experienced and versatile artist. He mastered the technique in no time. His creations are characterised by sharp contrasts. They appear as expressions of an obsessed mind, a tortured soul, a tormented imagination. Just like many Flemish artists born in the 1920s, Landuyt expresses the drama and suffering of the existence he experienced during the war. Despite the expression of anguish and an atmosphere of oppression, these works also display a plastic refinement, subtle nuances and a taste for beautiful materials.