Karien Deroo lives and works in Sint-Laureins, a small village between Bruges and Ghent, Belgium.
After several years of working in the field of graphic design and illustration, Karien Deroo quit her day job to pursue her childhood passion for painting.
In the mean time, she studied graphics and etching, but when she began to miss colors, she started to paint, in an autodidactic way, inspired by the classical tradition of the old masters, but working on a distinctive figurative style who has a strongly contemporary and timeless perspective.
Her technique is mainly oil on linen canvas and her quest is to seek out the human soul in her art work.
The search for the soul of human beings:
I’m always looking for the soul in human beings (and also in animals, but that’s more difficult). When I look at people and when I talk and listen to them, I want to reach their souls, to leave the surface behind and go deeper to find their inner beauty. Since I usually paint portraits, I always search for images of people who have a very silent expression on their faces and in their attitudes. They are in their inner world, looking out with direct stares, or looking away, dreamily captured in their own world. You don’t know what they’re thinking and it’s in this moment, I believe, that you can see their soul and make a connection with your own soul. I want people to have a connection with my paintings, through their soul.
Karien Deroo's greatest influences are Rembrandt, Velasquez, Van Dyck, Caravaggio, and John Singer Sargent...…Read More
2012 - 'Canvascollectie/Collection RTBF 2012', selection with the painting "our Father", exhibition @Bozar, Brussels.
2011 - 'Hanging out in history', exhibition of my paintings from the past 3 years, Galerie Pinsart, Bruges.
2010 - 'Prijs voor Grafiek Fonds Hilde Demedts', selection with the etching woman. (jury: Reniere & Depla, Dirk De Kononck, Michaël Borremans, Jan Dhaese).
2010 - 'Nationale Prijs voor Schilderkunst Louise Dehem', Ieper, selection with 3 paintings: the neighbours, the spell (broken), inside the head.
(jury: Christine Adam, Pierre Goetinck, Veerle Van Durme).
2009 - 'Printed': 25 jaar vrije grafiek, SASK, cc De Spil, Galerie Blomme, Roeselare, groupsexhibition.
2008 - 'Oost Kust Kunst', selection with the painting man with cherries, Cultureel Centrum Knokke-Heist, Lagunahal, Duinbergen.
2007 - 'One', solo-exhibition with etchings, Tashun, Gent.
2002 - 'Paintings & Drawings, 2 illustrators', Cultureel Centrum De Spil, Roeselare.
1999 - the same selection illustrations section fiction in Itabashi Art Museum, Tokio.
1999 - Selection in the section fiction on 'La Mostra Illustratori della Fiera del Libro per Ragazzi', Bologna.
1997 - 'Het Bibliofiele Boek & Grafiek', Galerie Blomme, Roeselare.
1993 - 'Stimulans 93', Cultuurcentrum, Kortrijk. …Read More
art and graphic design at St. Lucas, Ghent, Belgium
etching technique at the Municipal Academy of Fine Arts, Roeselare, Belgium