John Van Oers, born in 1967 in Neerpelt is a Belgian artist. In his work he explores the intersections of architecture, landscape, and emotion, drawing inspiration from his own life and experiences. The aesthetic purity and simplicity that define his work are characteristic of his vision as an artist.
Van Oers’ inspiration lies in the cultural landscape that surrounds him and in the way people interact with their surroundings. He pays particular attention to the emotions that arise from this interaction. To capture these feelings and situations, he uses scale model-like sculptures that represent the original situation but do not reveal more. In doing so, he captures the essence of that moment and preserves it for eternity. In a second mode of representation, he works with scenes in which the absence of people makes the environment itself the protagonist.
Behind the highly simplified forms and pure materials such as wood, metal, plaster or bronze, there is the subtle depth of the motifs that drive his works. John Van Oers’ works tell of longings, success, failure, and everything in between. Yet his artworks exist independently, detached from who created them, creating their own reality.