Aguila (Jan Gielens, 15th January 1937), artist and founder of the “probability reality”, a new tendency in contemporary art. His works consists of oil paintings , drawings, monumental installations, conceptual architecture, naval design and computer art .
Aguila studied visual and monumental art at the Higher Institute for Arts and Sciences in St Lucas, Brussels under such artists as Jos De Maegd and Maurits Van Saene.
During the last year of his art education Aguila came to the conclusion that rather than focus on color, priority should be given to strong compositional elements and the contact the painting has with the environment, thus extending the composition of the work into the three dimensional environment.
In 1974, Aguila was invited to exhibit his paintings at the University of Ghent and to give some conferences, also at other European universities.
Former conservator of the Museum for Modern Art in Brussels, Mrs. Phil Mertens, became interested in Aguila's way of painting, and recognized in him the founder of a new tendency in contemporary art , called “The Multidimensional Transparent Art".
Later on, Aguila was invited to work as a full time teacher and lecturer at Cool International School in Brussels 1977-1980, and from 1977-1999 at Universidad Las Colinas in Elche, Spain , where he was full time engaged teaching and giving conferences based on his know how on painting, conceptual architecture, and art .
The painting classes were soon being called “The School of Ilicitis”, called after Ilice, the ancient name for Elche. Ilicitis means City of Light.
The campus of the University was constructed by Aguila and his students amongst the many palm trees, using very light structures and materials.
The social facet of this cultural artistic movement, started by Aguila, is present in his work all over and the aggregation of the multiple facets and disciplines gives birth to a living monumental work of art called “A Creation from out the free will” , started 1977 and ongoing until at present.
This monumental work of art is composed of multi disciplinary works of art, sculpture , installations, design, philosophy, politeia and architecture.
The reasom why Aguila´s work and person is not known throughout the broader art world is due to the fact that some most influential groups wanted to get control over the work of the young artist, who himself did not want to loose his artistic freedom and freedom of research.
In July 2001, however, Gielens was awarded the “Premio Juanito Laguna para la trayectoria artistica” (for his artistic carreer) by the Volpens-Stessens foundation in Buenos Aires, Argentinia. …Read More
Aguila is a monumental artist, industrial designer and founder of the “probability reality”, a new art current in contemporary (XX-XXI age) painting: His works consist not only of paintings, but also of monumental sculpture, monumental installations and work of conceptual architecture and new concepts on naval design and computer art.
He works as a teacher at HeilIg Graf College in Turnhout, Belgium and teaches industrial design at the Higher Institute for Architecture St Lucas, Brussels.
From 1965 on he has projects and realizations as an independent industrial designer for various European industries: Holland/Belgium (Philips - Telecom), the Scandinavian countries, Italy, France, Germany, U.S.A., Japan, Belgium : Hilson (leather articles), Bumaco (metal using furniture), Brugman (glasses), Medal (leather seats), Pirelli Brussels, Verbrughe (furniture), Swedish and German furniture industries, and a company that manufactures packages, Munar Antwerp, Belgium.
In the same period he is also the Industrial Design advisor at Febelhout, which is the Belgian Federation of Belgian wood using industries), Brussels (Belgium).
In 1972 he contributes to the design of his own residence in Brussels, Belgium, in cooperation with the also Belgian famous architect, Bob Van Reeth.
He gives a serious of lecturers, a. o. in Ghent, Belgium, based on his continuous research on colour, light, structures, pure energy, symbols, philosophy, arts. This leads, through the years, to the development of a scientific, technological, philosophical and artistic KNOW-HOW, which he calls the "DYNAMIC STABILITY ".
Multidisciplinary workshops at Cool international school in Brussels 1977-1980 and at Universidad Las Colinas in Elche, Spain, where apart from the workshops also conferences are given in the Agora departement 1977-1999.
In 1977 also “The School of Ilicitis” is founded, called after Ilice, the ancient name for Elche. Ilicitis means also City of Light, the campus of the University, constructed by Gielens with his students in full nature, amongst the many palm trees, using very light structures and materials.
Now follow a serious of presentations to the public in general and to the university world , exhibitions and conferences with debates and multi vision projections .
A favorable report of the Belgian ministry of education and culture on contempory art is issued and a report on the innovating way of education at Universidad Libre Las Colinas is written by William Goeman after visiting the site Ilicitis and participating at a seminar about education.
All this is the start of the living monumental work of art called “A Creation of the free will”, started 1977 and ongoing until at present. This monumental work of art is composed of multi disciplinary works of art, sculpture, installations, design, philosophy and architecture.
- Naval design FLYING FISH – a small revolutionary air craft which flies low, uses ground effect and con not be caught by radars. The prototype was built in 1982 at Vennekens Yachtbuilder´s, Boom, Belgium and tested at Mudry, Normandy, France
- Naval design SHARK, 1988, a water craft which is safer, more stable, more economic and faster than any known boat up to the present days, the prototype was tested on the water in Hofstade, Belgium, and at Mar Menor, Spain
- Naval design BREAKING, 2005, prototype buit at Tarsilo´s, Rojales, Spain and Air plane builder Ing. Hein Wijdema, Alicante, Spain.
- Naval design XI, a 40 meter super yacht (2011)
- Patents and industrial property
Aguila is the curator of the Art Points exhibitions during the years 2001-2007. …Read More
Aguila studies visual arts and monumental art at the Higher Institute St Lucas in Brussels (Univrsity of Louvain), where some famous artists like De Maagd and Van Saenen were among his teachers.
He also studies first industrial design at Ter Kameren in Brussels and then in Holland and finally is having some practice in Germany.…Read More