EMILE SOUPLY (1933 – 2013)
He trained as a goldsmith and silversmith and in the copperware trade at the Ecole des Métiers d’art (Art Professions School) in Maredsous and devoted himself to designing jewellery in various different materials, statues in silver and large-scale sculptures. Emile Souply searches for solutions to make artistic creations from the excesses of industrialisation and functionalism. From the 1960s onwards, he began to integrate industrial products and techniques into his works: aluminium, glass, Perspex and oxidised, stainless and coloured steel. He also designed and created furniture and small sculptures and jewellery, often with a touch of humour. Emile Souply has participated in many different international biennials and triennials. He also designed the railings for the ex-BBL (ING) building in Brussels, the large steel and textile wall relief for the Hilton hotel in Brussels and a sculpture in glass and mirror glass for the Belgian pavilion at the Montreal world exhibition in 1967.