Meet Paul Poelmans, Director, CAPS
We asked a few questions to Paul Poelmans, Director of CAPS in Brussels, and exhibitor of the new "Focus Brussels" section in 2020: professional background, gallery programming, participation in the fair and flagship work exhibited this year are in the spotlight in this interview.
The gallery and its programme
CAPS was founded by Paul Poelmans in 2013 after the closure of CypresGalerie (Leuven) and operates as an independent, nomadic art platform aimed at young Belgian and international artists. CAPS does not own a “brick and mortar” gallery space but instead organises 5 to 6 exhibitions per year in art hotspots in Antwerp (BORGER #, Little HISK, Antwerp Art WE), Brussels (Rivoli, Art on Paper), Ghent (BAD), Mechelen (D.ART), Ostend ( TAZ), Leuven.
CAPS commits itself to temporary and sustainable partnerships with artists, galleries, non-profit spaces and participates at selected contemporary art fairs. We present contemporary art in many of its disciplines but mainly focus on paintings and works on paper.
Over the years, CAPS has exhibited works by very talented drawing artists such as Stijn Bastianen (Ronse Drawing Prize 2013), Stefan Serneels, Maaike Leyn, Birde Vanheerwinghels and Lisa Wilkens. CAPS joined the Art on Paper art fair in BOZAR Brussels 2018 and 2019 and won the SOFAM Best Solo Show Award with artist Lisa Wilkens.
CAPS represents a number of important Belgian painters such as Yves Beaumont, Hans Defer, Luc Mabille and Giovanni Winne as well as sculptors Edith Ronse and Peggy Wauters. In September-October 2020, we will return to Brussels’ Art Hot Spot Galeries Rivoli with two emerging Belgian artists: Jan Vandenplas and Camille Truyffaut.
Your participaton in the fair
With Yves Beaumont and Peggy Wauters, we present 2 artists with a strong local and international reputation who will certainly not look out of place in the “Take Off” section of Luxembourg Art Week (LAW). Their presence at international fairs such as Pan Amsterdam (NL) and Dallas Art Fair (USA) are living proof of their abilities and their appreciation by the professional art world.
Our ambition is to offer them a presentation of their recent work in optimal conditions as part of a young and dynamic art fair. The aim of our participation is mainly to establish lasting contacts with artistic institutions, curators, international collectors, the press and other gallery owners.
The presentation will be accompanied by the necessary documentation in the form of biographies and CVs of the participating artists, supplemented by catalogs and monographs already published. We invite the most ambitious collectors (VIP) of our network and will inform the press of our participation. We will document our daily progress via social networks (Facebook / Instagram) in order to create a steady dynamic around our presence at LAW.
We visited the Luxembourg Art Week last year and were charmed by its size and quality; many of our fellow Belgian gallerists and friends participated (i.e. Rossi Contemporary, Schönfeld, Nationale 8, Dauwens & Beernaert) and encouraged us to present our application for this year’s Take Off section. CAPS has been selected as part of the Focus Brussels section in 2020.
Artists shown at the fair
Yves Beaumont (° 1970, lives and works in Ostend) is a painter, student of Karel Dierickx and graduate of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent. He is best known as a landscape and marine painter and thus perpetuates a centuries-old tradition of painting from the Netherlands. During his career of almost 30 years, Yves has exhibited in countless galleries and museums in the Netherlands and abroad, Flanders and the Netherlands in particular as bastions. He is represented abroad by Galerie Wilms (NL) and Studio 1.1 (UK). Over the past decades, Yves' work has also been featured in group exhibitions in Spain, France, Germany, Greece and Switzerland.
Peggy Wauters (° 1968, lives and works in Aalst) is a ceramist, painter and installer who studied at the Academies of Antwerp and Aalst. Peggy is often inspired by nature for her ceramics: under ancient domes, she presents "memento mori" with flora and fauna. Her work also often includes elements of the carnival (with Aalst as his birthplace), relics and rituals. In addition to her typical work as a ceramicist, Wauters has for some time also adopted painting, which has resulted in a series of tiny-paintings with portraits, landscapes, seascapes and animals. She often presents these sets as compact Wunderkammers, stored in antique boxes or vintage cabinets. Her varied exhibition route has already taken Wauters to various locations in and outside Europe. For example, Wauters is represented in galleries in Thailand (100 Thonson Gallery, Bangkok) and in the United States (RO2ART, Dallas).
At the peak of their development, it seems opportune to present the work of Yves Beaumont and Peggy Wauters to an international audience of art professionals, curators and collectors in a place in the heart of Europe that has been the establishment of international galleries and artistic spaces have acquired a lot of importance.
**The Brussels art scene
As a nomadic gallery we regurarly return to the Brussels Art Hot Spot Rivoli where more than a dozen of contemporary art galleries reside. Most of these galleries represent young and emerging Belgian and international artists who reflect the cosmopolitan character of the bustling Brussels art scene. More than any other Belgian city Brussels is the perfect spot to discover cutting edge contemporary art with lots of young galleries programming daring art whith no geographical bounds. Over 180 nationalities live and work in Brussels which results in a thriving international art scene.
Flagship works on your booth
Since we’ll feature 2 artists it’s hard for us to choose, so I’ll propose 2 works.
Yves Beaumont, Himmelsritt, 2016, Acryl on canvas, 100x100 cm Typical for Beaumont’s work as a “classic” landscape painter this work proves his craftmanship and skills combined with an historical link to a certain period in Europe’s 20th century.
Peggy Wauters, Mini Museum, 2017, Box with oil paintings on panel, models, 42x33x18cm Wauters is a “hoarder” who collects antique boxes, bell jars, model houses etc to construct complete new worlds with reminiscenses to the 17th century “Wunderkammer”: small oil paintings and miniature models create a complete museum with an abundance of classic land- and seascapes.