Bart Mertens | Benj Aquaman
oil on canvas, 60 x 60 cm, 2018

The realism, in the paintings of Bart Mertens, is a poetic one, inspired by the subtle touch of light, with which he caresses his models. By superposing very small brush-strokes in several semi-transparent layers, he achieves very rich and vibrant colours. Skin-tones come to life in this “hand-written” small brush-texture: the skin of the painting becomes a poem.