The power of finding your passion is currently lived by Belgian painter Koen Fillet. At age 52 and after many years of hosting radio talk shows on Belgian national radio he turned to art. Or should i say re-turned to art. At age 19 he studied art but didn’t fit in and couldn’t find the self confidence to make it happen. For 25 years he didn’t touch a brush and carried his artistic gift inside like a kindling fire. A few years ago he started taking lessons at the local art academy until the fire got too hot inside. Koen Fillet’s first solo exhibition is currently on show in gallery C41, Antwerp (Belgium).
What striked me most while looking at his work and having read a few interviews with him, is his uneasiness in sharing his new identity as an artist. Despite his ongoing search for self confidence, something inner and urgent was revealed and thanks to his courage he didn’t ignore it. His work is definitely interesting and discretely expresses his personal life view. There is an authenticity in the way he expresses himself in his art that is truly disarming and powerful. I’m looking forward to discover his painterly evolution.
Pictures are from Koen Fillet’s artist website.