Jean-Luc Moerman  (Belgian, 1967) 

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Jean-Luc Moerman (Belgian, b. July 5, 1967) is a modern artist who takes the idea of body marking and body art and applies it to contemporary female and male icons. Using pen and ink, he transforms well-known photographs, making it appear that the subject is covered in tattoos. He has also applied the concept to recognizable buildings, creating what looks like graffiti on the subject. Moerman was born in Brussels, Belgium, and has spent his entire life in that country.

His work is typically black ink on paper in easily recognizable spiral patterns. He works in marker pens and acrylics, and the lines never vary. His desire is to create visual epiphytes, which are plants that grow from other plants. Moerman credits a 35-year fascination with the infinite possibilities of the line as inspiration for his artwork. His work has been lauded by some critics, while dismissed as elaborate doodles by others. His most famous collection to date is entitled Tattoo on Paper (2011). The work includes the fake tattoos on everything from early Renaissance and religious icons to modern stars, such as Audrey Hepburn and Madonna. The works unitize the subjects and make the viewer wonder about the picture's reality. Moerman has said that he is inspired by body art and tattoos in general as a basis for his work. He has also applied his brand of doodling in black-and-white to vehicles. Moerman credits a fascination with religious fanaticism as the motivation behind some of his works. These works include baseball bats drawn to represent the bludgeoning attitude of fanatical believers in Christianity.

Moerman's works evoke tattoo art, Islamic and Japanese calligraphy, and graffiti that tell the story of an ever-chaotic history of the world. The works are almost obsessive in their pattern, tradition, and contemporary artistry. His first solo show was in Germany at Galerie B.A. Mickan in 1995. Moerman has gone on to exhibit internationally in a wide spectrum of capacities. His works have been featured in numerous galleries, museums, and private collections, namely the Olbricht Collection in Berlin, La Maison Rouge in Paris, Musee D'Art Modern in Luxemburg, Musee d'Ixelles in Brussels, Musee des Beaux-Arts in Calais, MOCA in Shanghai, The Flag Art Foundation in New York City, and Vanhaerents Collection in Brussels.

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Jean-Luc Moerman, Untitled

 

Jean-Luc Moerman
Untitled
2013

Galerie Nichido
Jean-Luc Moerman, Untitled

 

Jean-Luc Moerman
Untitled
2013

Galerie Nichido
Jean-Luc Moerman, Untitled

 

Jean-Luc Moerman
Untitled
2013

Galerie Nichido
Jean-Luc Moerman, Untitled

 

Jean-Luc Moerman
Untitled
2013

Galerie Nichido
Jean-Luc Moerman, Untitled

 

Jean-Luc Moerman
Untitled
2013

Galerie Nichido
Jean-Luc Moerman, Untitled

 

Jean-Luc Moerman
Untitled
2013

Galerie Nichido
Jean-Luc Moerman, Untitled

 

Jean-Luc Moerman
Untitled
2012

Galerie Leu
Jean-Luc Moerman, Untitled

 

Jean-Luc Moerman
Untitled
2012

Galerie Leu
Jean-Luc Moerman, Untitled

 

Jean-Luc Moerman
Untitled
2013

Galerie Leu
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Jean-Luc Moerman, Hybride

 

Jean-Luc Moerman
Hybride, 2004
acrylic on canvas

 

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Jean-Luc Moerman, Sans titre

 

Jean-Luc Moerman
Sans titre, 2003
magazine page heightened w/ink

 

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Jean-Luc Moerman, Mutations Hybrides

 

Jean-Luc Moerman
Mutations Hybrides, 1995-1996
oil and collage on canvas

 

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1967   Born in Bruxelles
2012   Galerie Isabelle Van Den Eynde, Dubaï, United Arab Emirates (solo)
2011   Eastmen Gallery, Hasselt, Belgium (solo)
2011   Transconnecting Tatoos, Venice Projects Gallery, Venice, Italy (solo)
2011   Paris Forever, Galerie Magda Danysz, Paris, France
2011   Wunderkammer, Cabinet de curiosités contemporain, Le Botanique, Brussels, Belgium
2011   Mémoires du Futur, Olbricht Collection, La Maison Rouge, Paris, France
2011   Art Basel, Switzerland
2011   Explosion, l'art du Graffiti à Bruxelles, Musée d'Ixelles, Belgium
2011   Sympathy for the Devil, VanhaerentsArtCollection, Brussels, Belgium
2011   Safari, Le Lieu Unique, Nantes, France
2010   Reding et Nosbaum, Luxembourg (solo)
2010   Galerie Leu, Munich, Germany (solo)
2010   Galerie A D N , Barcelona, Spain (solo)
2010   Pierre-Papier-Litho, Centre de la Gravure et de l’Image imprimée, La Louvière, Belgium
2010   Close up, Musée d’Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium
2010   De Dürer à Jan Fabre, Musée d’Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium
2010   Busan Biennale, Korea
2010   Lust for Life and Dance of Death. Olbricht Collection, Kunsthalle Krems, Austria
2010   Intersection, Musée du Cinquantenaire, Brussels, Belgium
2010   En quelques traits, Iselp, Brussels, Belgium
2010   Works on paper, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
2009   18 Gallery, Shanghai, China (solo)
2009   Animamix Biennale, MoCA, Shanghai, China
2009   Chinoiseries, Centre Albert Marinus, Brussels, Belgium
2009   Identity, nca | nichido contemporary art, Tokyo, Japan
2009   Dark Summer, Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium
2009   Plus belle la vie, Espace à vendre, Nice, France
2008   Connectingthings 3, nca | nichido contempoprary art, Tokyo, Japan
2008   Connectingthings 4, Gallery Nosbaum and Reding, Luxembourg
2007   Connectingthings 1, Gallery Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium
2007   Connectingthings 2, Gallery Suzanne Tarasieve, Paris, France
2007   Les Plaisirs d’Edo, Musee des Beaux-Arts de Calais, France Domaine departemental de Chamarande, ≪ Urban connection ≫, France
2007   Tomorrow now, MUDAM, Luxembourg Centre d’art contemporain Bouvet Ladubay, ≪ Les formes de la couleur ≫, Saint-Hilaire Saint-Florent, Saumur, France
2007   Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels (solo)
2006   Atomic Hybrid Space, L’Atomium, Brussels (solo)
2006   Identity III, nca | nichido contemporary art, Tokyo, Japan
2006   Echigo-tsumari Trienniale, Fukutake House, Niigata, Japan
2006   Public Image, Fundament Fondation, Tilburg , Netherlands
2005   Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Optimus Hut, Art Basel, Switzerland
2005   Witzenhausen, Rotteldam (solo)
2005   Optimus Hut, Art Unlimited Basel, Switzerland
2005   Printemps de septembre, Toulouse, France
2005   La beaute de l’enfer, Gallery Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, Belgium
2005   Galerie Suzanne Tarasiève, Paris (solo)
2005   nichido contemporary art, Tokyo (solo)
2005   Galerie Krinzinger project, 'Brussels South Airport', Vienna (group)
2005   Atelier Cardenas Bellanger, 'Drawings & Paintings of Place & Things', Paris (group)
2004   Alimentation Générale, Luxembourg (solo)
2004   La Criee centre d'art contemporain, Rennes, France (solo)
2003   Galerie Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels (solo)
2003   Dexia, Luxembourg (group)
2002   Ici et maintenant., Tours & Taxis, Brussels (group)
2002   Usage Externe, Brussels (group)
2002   Galerie Alimentation générale, Luxembourg (solo)
2002   The Flying Cow Project, Brussels, Belgium
2000   Espace Jacquemotte, Brussels, Belgium
2000   Galerie Tache-Levy, Brussels (solo)
2000   Espace BBL, Liege (group)
1999   The Flying Cow Project, Brussels (group)
1999   Galerie Detour, Jambes (solo)
1998   Galerie Bernard Cats, Brussels (solo)
1997   Portfolio, La Lettre Volee, Brussels (group)
1995   Je tatoué, Galerie Damasquine, Brussels (group)