The visual complexity of Dirk De Bruycker’s prints mirrors their layers of meaning. Each print derives from one of the artist’s own photographs of a pattern cast onto a nude body by the projected slide of a watermark or hallmark collected by his grandfather. The photographs were printed lithographically, along with De Bruycker’s consequent responses of stained areas and drawn patterns. These images appear as groupings of eyes and are informed by the artist’s recollections of the “eyes” on the barks of Aspen trees as well as human eyes.
Studied at the City Academy of Fine Arts, Niklaas, Belgium (1964-73), St. Lucas Institute of Fine Arts, Ghent (M.A., 1977), Tamarind Institute (1979-80), University of New Mexico (graduate printmaking, 1980-81)