About the Artist
In her short life, Ilse D’Hollander (1968 – 1997) created an intelligent, sensual and highly resonant body of work. Born in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium, in 1968, graduating from the Hoger Instituut voor Beeldende Kunsten, St Lucas, Gent, in 1991, D’Hollander was steadfastly committed to painting as an intellectual and emotional endeavour. Her often small-scale canvases and works on paper are charged with references to the everyday. Yet, enlivened by an expressive, though always economical, touch, her work resonates just as strongly as a sustained, self-reflexive enquiry into the act of painting: what it might take to bring an image into being on a bounded, flat plane.
Ilse D’Hollander, a film by Gautier Deblonde
A new film by Gautier Deblonde shot on location in Paulatem, Ilse D’Hollander’s home between 1995 and 1997, Galerie In Den Bouw, Kalken, the venue of the artist’s first and only solo exhibition during her lifetime, and the Zwalm countryside, summer 2018. Produced on the occasion of the first solo exhibition in the UK of works by the late Belgian artist, the film features a rare text written by D'Hollander, read by the Belgian actor Francesca Vanthielen.