About Johan Derycke

Johan DeryckeHi there! I’m a painter living in Flanders, Belgium. I live in a small village near Leuven with my wife and 5 children. I’d better mention our cat Tigger as well or I will be confronted with my oldest daughter’s evil look.

We have a peaceful life here and this makes me look for excitement and inspiration in every day subjects. The result is what could be called contemporary representative painting – or at least that is what I try to create. Even though I am immensely enjoying the works of those great painters that came before us, I believe a painter should not paint exaclty like the old masters did hundreds of years ago. I live today and I will try to paint today’s life.

The world is a hectic place and with all the bad news just repeating itself on a daily basis, it’s easy to overlook the beauty that is all around us. I feel obliged to show everyone that there is beauty to be found around the corner. I’m convinced that if we’d all take more time to enjoy the littlest things in life, the biggest issues would be resolved more easily.

My work is about simplicity, It’s about balance and tension. Balance between concept and execution. Neither can be dominating. Where there is no balance, there is tension. The most interesting tension occurs when things are just off-balance.

Beauty in reality, that is the essence of my subject matter. I love to share the beauty I see around me. We all have busy lives. We’re so busy that it’s easy to overlook the beauty which crosses our path every day. If I can make you pause and wonder for a while, I succeeded in my efforts.


2 comments for “About Johan Derycke

  1. Jonathan Pawlowski
    13 March 2014 at 07:03

    Mr. Derycke,

    i visited Belgium just this fall and fell in love. It was the first time i saw my girlfriend’s eyes gaze upon the city in pure amazement… other than Chicago of course. I am also in love with your painting little brother, big sister. My two older sisters rarely let me wear anything less than perfection and love me more than i even know. I would like to give this painting to them to show my respect and another “just because” gift because it is one heck of a tokien to give. I have been looking for something sentimental and i believe you have painted it. Would there be any chance i can purchase a large print from you? Something of great quality…. 36×24 range.

    Thank you,

    • 13 March 2014 at 19:21

      Hello, Jonathan.
      Thank you for your nice comment.
      Belgium is a small but a beautiful country. Some of the cities here like Bruges, Ghent, Kortrijk, etc have a long and epic history.

      At the moment, I’m not selling prints of my work, but I will look into it to see if I can find a fitting solution to your needs.
      If it’s ok with you, I will send you an email as I prefer to have more specific information regarding the print you would like.

      Kind regards,

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