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Roger Raveel



The Belgian artist Roger Raveel is born in 1921 in Machelen-aan-de-Leie. He follows art courses in Deinze and Ghent.
After working figuratively in his early years (1955-1961), Raveel mainly works abstractly. From 1960 to 1962, he makes field trips to Italy and abandons his abstract approach. He turns out to be the pacemaker of the new figuration, together with Raoul De Keyser, Etienne Elias, Yvan Theys, Reinier Lucassen and Alphons Freymuth. The group uses a collective visual language, which is characterized by the use of striking colours and strong contour lines, such as in the comic strip. Raveel, in particular, plays with perspective and application of elements such as tightly defined white planes and sometimes even mirrors in the middle of the image. Because of the comic style and the use of elements from popular visual culture, there is a relationship with pop art.
Raveel finds his subjects in his own, nearby environment: the street, the garden, the neighbour. In his paintings, the viewer always remains aware of the fact that he is standing in front of a flat surface. The painterly problem is paramount. Sometimes the illusion of reality does not come about at all, or is broken by the painter.
Raveel dies in early 2013 in Deinze. He leaves behind paintings, gouaches and drawings, murals and installations, and an extensive graphic oeuvre.

Roger Raveel
Roger Raveel (photo Hilde Van Canneyt)

Revolver 16

Magazine in book form with poems by Roland Jooris and two hand-coloured and nineteen black-and-white offset lithographs by Roger Raveel
31.3 x 24 cm (all lithographs)