Belgian visual artist Schellekens is interested in individual beings and how they act in daily life. This he confronts with unnoticed processes, such as social conventions having a great impact on the lives and functioning of those individuals. He is interested in the choices we make, the outcomes and the malleability of happiness.
The work of Schellekens is often a blend of poetry, surrealism, humour and absurdism and balances on the verges of urban art, Dadaism and performative art.
To establish a direct one on one interaction between art and audiences, the artist often operates in the proximity of the audience and investigates the impact it generates. This impact is not meant to support the artists’ status, but is solely intended to establish a direct communication between public and artwork. The provocative elements in his artwork must be understood as an invitation to reflect on conventions and accepted values in society.
These dialogues often form the very basis of his art practice. Without one another the work often does not exist.
Schellekens makes an ongoing investigation about how the borders between art and public can vanish. He often makes works which are only visible or tangible by interaction of the public. He aims to infiltrate art in daily life, to feed us with reflection, pause, doubt and curiosity. He’s often presenting a razor sharp observation wrapped in subtle layers of humour. His intention is to create art, which is widely understood by a broad and diverse audience, without giving in to the artistic and contentual quality. This is what Schellekens calls his ‘art-for-all’ principle.
In the past Schellekens was invited to show his work by Museum Victoria – Australia, Tate Liverpool – UK, Berkeley University – USA, Watou Arts Festival – Belgium, Vejle Museum of Art – Denmark, The Nunnery Gallery – UK, The Crystal Ship Streetart Festival – Belgium,…
Schellekens creates works under his own name and is part of the collective Schellekens & Peleman.
The collective is best known for their iconic artwork ‘Inflatable Refugee’, a figure of an inflated refugee sailing on a boat from city to city.
Schellekens lives and works in Boechout, Belgium.
• December, Schellekens & Peleman, Creative Debuts, London, UK
• October, Schellekens, TAAF, London, UK
• August, Schellekens, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
• June, Schellekens, Kunstvijver, Boechout, Belgium
• May, Schellekens, Shoobil Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
• April, Schellekens, Secondroom Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium
• December, Schellekens, Park 01, Secondroom Gent, Belgium
• October, Schellekens & Peleman, En Boven De Polder De Hemel, Beverwijk, The Netherlands
• September, Schellekens & Peleman, Graphic Matters, Breda, The Netherlands
• September – January 18, Schellekens, Arenberg Schouwburg, Antwerp, Belgium
• August, Schellekens, Ongezien #2, Museumnacht, Antwerp, Belgium
• June, Schellekens, Berkeley, San Francisco, USA
• June, Schellekens, Ephemeral Thoughts, No Vacancy Gallery, Melbourne
• June, Schellekens & Peleman, Museum Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
• April – May, Schellekens, Artefactory, Labo, Leuven, Belgium
• April, Schellekens & Peleman, Me, The West & The Middle East, Brussels, Belgium
• April, Schellekens & Peleman, The Crystal Ship, Ostend, Belgium
• December 1st – 18th, Schellekens, ‘Visions’, Bow Arts Center, London, UK
• September – November, Schellekens, ‘Mission Impossible’, Kunstenlab, Deventer ,The Netherlands
• September – November, Schellekens & Peleman, ‘OP.RECHT.MECHELEN’, Mechelen, Belgium
• September – October, Schellekens, ‘I Muri Parlano’, Rome and Lucca, Italy
• August, Schellekens & Peleman, ‘Floating Art’, Vejle, Denmark
• July 16th – 18th, Schellekens, ‘Kunstaltonale’, Hamburg, Germany
• June 24 – 26th, Schellekens, Schellekens & Peleman and van Breevoort, ‘Kunstvijver’, Boechout, Belgium
• June 20th, Schellekens & Peleman and van Breevoort, ‘World Refugee Day’, Ghent, Belgium
• May, Schellekens & Peleman, ‘Can a Person be Illegal’, Uppsala University, Sweden
• May, Schellekens & Peleman, ‘Hawila Project’, Helsingør and Copenhagen, Denmark
• February, Schellekens & Peleman, ‘Moving Stories’, Antwerp, Belgium
• November, Schellekens & Peleman, Sale Docks, Venice, Italy
• September, Schellekens, ‘I Muri Parlano’, Brussels, Belgium
• March, Schellekens & Peleman, ‘Rotspaleis’, Antwerp, Belgium
• July – August, Schellekens, Art Festival Watou, Watou, Belgium
• July – August, Schellekens & Peleman, Art Festival Watou, Watou, Belgium
• June, Schellekens, ‘Show me your ID’, Kavka Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium
• May, Schellekens & Peleman, city center, Antwerp, Belgium
• September, Schellekens, ‘European Ordinary People Awards’, city center, Antwerp, Belgium
• March, Schellekens, 24h art marathon, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium
• Schellekens, various group exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium
2012 – 2014: Monumental Arts, Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Antwerp, Belgium