Patrick Vertenten (1964, Sint-Gillis-Waas, Belgium) is an artist who paints from the heart. Marked by the use of diffused light and brushstrokes—reminiscent of shallow focus in cinematography—the atmosphere of the Belgian artist’s oeuvre is one of nostalgia and melancholia. Inspired by film, literature, poetry, and music, Vertenten recuperates found imagery from various sources before transforming them into a brand-new entity, examining the bitter- sweetness of humanity and life in general; loneliness, weakness, intimacy, desire, and Sehnsucht. Moved by the beauty of the picture, the viewer is invited to explore the image in its new context, possibly striking a nerve or two, in which the dark tones of the picture resonate with the burden of life, reviving in the contrast of the symbolic and painterly highlights.
Discovering artist Patrick Vertenten is like stumbling upon a hidden treasure of emotions. His artwork possesses an uncanny ability to capture the essence of raw emotions and translate them onto the canvas. Through his masterful brushstrokes, Vertenten breathes life into colours, giving birth to a symphony of feelings. William Leung