William Sweetlove


Cloned dogs, penguins, cats, and frogs …

radiate red, blue, yellow and many other colors…

William Sweetlove was born in 1949 in Ostende, Belgium. Since 2001 he has been

a member of the artists’ collective “The Cracking Art Group” in northern Italy.

As the physical medium that provides the basis for his works of art, he uses a type

of plastic & polyester, produced via a thermo-chemical reaction in crude oil. This

reaction, known as “cracking” is also the origin of the Cracking art Group’s name.

He spreads a vision of the world suffused with elements of irony and ecological

awareness. To those, Sweetlove adds the conviction that art must also be an

antidote to over-consumption and overproduction. His paintings, sculptures and

assemblages are his impressions of existence reproduced in materials such as

polyester, animal hides and textiles.

Sweetlove thrives on the superficial, placing it in razor-sharp contrast to the

sententious. Through a number of variations on the same theme he creates friction

between the artificial and the substantial, completely obliterating the boundaries

between toy and work of art in certain of his works. This is a world in which poodles,

giraffes and penguins are rendered into artifacts which unite Dadaism, surrealism

and pop art in a common post-modernistic synthesis.

William Sweetlove shapes his own world.

The world is changing rapidly: tides become higher, sun stronger, storms more

severe… In his more recent work, his animals are equipped with backpacks,

bottles of water and/or boots, so they can carry their own food, water and protect

against these changes.

Very important is the fact that the animal is used as a “transmitter of messages”, or

non-verbal communication through messages of particular events or situations.

The messages that come from an animal, are commonplace between them by “a

complex network. The man understands the animal through a sort of “puzzle”, that

he make certain assumptions which are constantly adjusted by the actions of the

animal. “Communication between different species is always a sequence of

learning environments in which each species is continuously corrected as to the

nature of each context to be less ambiguous actions of the animal …….” (G.


The animals are taken care of man.

A caution each other: do not abandon the plastic that destroys the environment,

do not abandon the animals as if they were an empty bottle.

The future does not depend on recycling, but first of all from hold.

Solo Exhibitions (selection)


  • GKM Siwert Bergstrom Gallery – Malmo – Sweden


  • Melissa Morgans Gallery – Palm Dessert – USA


  • Guy Pieters Gallery – Knokke – Belgium


  • For Ever-Glades Freedom Tower Museum – Miami – USA


  • Water Wars At the Gallery – Antwerp – Belgium


  • Mouche Gallery – Beverly Hills – USA


  • Water Wars Guy Pieters Gallery St Martens Latem – St Martens Latem – Belgium


  • Invasion Aeroporto Montevideo – Montevideo – Uruguay


  • O Centre Culturel de Namur – Namur – Belgium


  • Installation Augustijnenklooster – Ghent – Belgium


  • Chateau Sainte Rosseline – Le Muy – France