Lives and works near Brussels, Belgium
Biltereystâs abstractions show the artist's continued interest in the visual language of our urban environment. Fascinated by the vivid functionality of commercial signage â typography, logos, public advertising, and commercial graphics â and the struggles of that signage for our attention, his paintings are liberated from narrative constraint to form a purely visual and material experience. Biltereyst's idiosyncratic, almost reverent approach, treats this source material as a precious find. The world of graffiti and advertising exist in harmony when eloquently moved from the public sphere to the intimacy of the gallery.
The artist's interest in the Modern and the way it has permeated our popular culture is balanced with his careful approach to his painting. Working on almost object-like small panels, there is an attention to layering, surface and particular colors and shapes. Often these paintings are shown in a series, as discrete units that build on each other.
Biltereyst succeeds in referring to earlier historical abstraction while simultaneously cataloguing his world and its practical use of these historical precedents.
What were once forms developed years ago, abstractions from ordinary life with its colors and shapes, Alain brings back full circle from their pop cultural use.