A glimpse into the origins of beliaert's bronzes
Bram Eliaert aka beliaert,
born in Ghent in 1977.
Since his youth he has not only followed a self-willed path in the world, but also found his own path in the world of the arts.
With a background in India at the end of the '90s, the restless fin de siècle feeling could be exchanged for a long break with his new mentor, singer and sculptor Walter De Buck, in Ghent. After 8 years off serving as an apprentice Bram continued his own path.
The peace and balance that Bram experienced with Walter is reflected in several of his works of art. Sculpting is not a choice, it is its true nature. The creative process is the biggest challenge and the end result is the satisfaction.
Bram's works always start from his personal vision or message, but carry much further than mere aesthetics. His soul is contained in every work and he wants to give his thoughts and visions far away in time and place with his fellow man.
With due attention to spirituality, balance, tranquility, emotions and endangered nature, Bram wants to contribute to bringing these themes to the attention, now and in the distant future. Bram's bronzes are often unique pieces, to give each work even more character and personality. The shapes and images he creates reflect reality and give us his personal interpretation with all due respect for harmony and aesthetics.
beliaert draws his inspiration from the wonderfully beautiful life that he does not necessarily experience as easy. This translates into balancing figures, people searching for balance. In addition, he creates abstract trees, with or without tiny figures, which symbolize man who tries to imitate, recreate and shape nature to his liking. This leads to a post-apocaliptic situation that, according to Bram, we are closer to than we realize. The figures, as it were, cling to the last branches of the trees. But even so these trees are like gods who watch over different generations for thousands of years and will outlive us many times over. Nature will overcome. Much of his work is driven by a strong urge for spirituality. Nevertheless, he has a hard time with the many taboos, the rules and laws that the different religions impose on their practitioners. Bram tries to denounce this in a light-hearted way in his works. He is careful not to come across as hurtful or even judgmental. Humor is the best cure for rigidity. The Life of Brian vs. the 10 Commandments.
Towards a life of sculpture...
He had spent years travelling between India and Belgium, trying to make ends meet, choosing a life of financial poverty, enjoying many rich experiences, when he finally bumped into the not-for-profit project Loods 13. At Loods 13 he had the opportunity to spend a year trying out different artistic crafts. He soon found that he was drawn to working with metals, in particular copper beating and bronze casting. The studio atmosphere, the smell of metals, heavy grinding machines, odours of sweat, cold in winter, hot in summer, and working with a mishmash of anarchic sculptors guided by Walter De Buck, instilled in him the passion for sculpting. At that time, he was mainly interested in the craft; the art would come later.
Walter De Buck - Bram Eliaert - Ballerina
After al these years, he moved back to his beloved India. But blood is thicker than water, and six months later he was back in Loods 13. With a head full of ideas and fingers itching to get to work, he started teaching in Loods 13. This was a point of no return. During these wonderful years, he learned a great deal. A sculptor never stops learning. It is a lifelong process in which we learn about life and how to live.
Tempel in Kadjuraho,
beliaert en Liza