Alain Biltereyst (b. 1965, lives and works in Brussels) continually draws attention to the innate beauty of practical designs, such as a manhole cover, fence design or airplane tail logo. Working primarily on thick panels, there is an attention to layering and repetition as well as an affinity for certain motifs of color and shape.
Biltereyst salvages gems of color, shape, and placement in our everyday advertising and design, and carefully isolates their forms.
The artist tweaks the colors in logos and designs so that the resulting diminutive works operate in the space between a precious object and fragment of the design canon. The carefully chosen scale and brushy, over-painted surfaces draw the viewer in to a beautifully crafted homage to the world of advertising and design that surrounds the artist. Through tile-like panels and larger works, Biltereyst celebrates the parallels between historical abstraction and the commonplace, with an almost reverent approach to his source material, which is treated as a precious find.