The work of drawer-painter Arpaïs Du Bois (°1973) is strongly layered and analytic to counter the congested reality of the surrounding world. Her drawn journal-like compulsively filled books show us syntheses of images where any pretension of showing truth is excluded. Since there is no such thing as truth, as reality, everything gravitates around the perception of it. 
This is what she catches on paper, what she transforms through the adventure of the line, the playing and banging of colours. These drawing books, consisting of refined forms and scattered phrases, carefully positioned on sometimes empty grounds or sometimes painterly surfaces, have designated her public output, generally providing the content for her exhibitions in the form of pages torn from the notebooks arranged in novel constellations. These constellations have a high level of poetic strength as well as a striking fragility. Along these assembled small drawings, she explores mid-scale and large-scale drawings/paintings on paper.

 She formulates her (pre)occupation as a fight against forgetting, against oblivion. Her developed system of noting down what many overlook, of commenting so-called trivialities, by bending the bow between image and the written word has made her a fierce observer and commentator of the small systems in which we live, as well as the big wide world in which we attempt to make our small systems work.

Arpaïs Du Bois’ sharp annotations are directed towards herself as much as towards the viewer, pointing at every single one of us. Her work is about slowing down the pace of life, taking time to ask the questions that should be asked. There is a specific ‘political’ dimension to the work of Arpaïs Du Bois, what she produces is nothing more nor less than a claim, for words opposed to rationalism of our time, for thoughts which by their false authority reaffirm the properly human dimension of our lives.

Drawing is to her the continuation of thinking. She is a drawer/thinker, a thinker/writer, a writer/drawer. She is a materialiser. Her work is neither to be categorised in the anecdotal, illustrative, narrative current in contemporary drawing nor in the abstract, minimalist one. Her very own position is cogent. Even though all of her works are links of one long chain, each of them can be read and seen as an autonomous allegation.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

  • Solo-show
    Gallery FIFTY ONE, Antwerp
    December 2018 – January 2019
  • ‘Trébucheurs – Piétineurs’
    De Garage, Mechelen
    28.09.2018 – 25.11.2018
  • Vincent Van GoghHuis – Van GoghGalerie, Zundert (NL)
  • ‘faire partie des gens qui chantent’,
    Gallery FIFTY ONE,
  • ‘trouver un moyen d’habiter le monde’
    Museum Dr.Guislain, Gent
  • Marion Devillers, ARPAÏS du bois et leurs nuages
    M.A. chez Christian Aubert, Paris
    soloshow at GALLERY FIFTY ONE, Antwerp
  • ‘noyade sèche’
    Galerie van der Mieden, Brussels,
  • ‘au manège défoncé’
    PAK, Gistel
  • ‘where they met – and further’
    semina rerum, Zürich (CH),
  • ‘Face au(x deux) mur(s)’
    CCHa, Hasselt
  • ‘where they met’
    Fifty One Fine Art Photography Antwerp
  • ‘Trois Cent Quatre-Vingt-Onze, deux mille sept cent quarante huit’
    Galerie Van der Mieden
  • ‘Du corps au monde’ ELIMart – psychotherapie en kunst
    27.11.2010 – 27.03.2011
  • Centre Culturel de Marchin Ancienne école,
    Place de Grand-Marchin
    20.06.2010 – 11.07.2010
  • Moments Artistiques Paris (F)
    chez Christian Aubert 19.03.2010
  • ‘Le sauvetage de la grande béquille’ Galerie Van der Mieden, Antwerp
    17.10.2008 – 22.11.2008
  • ‘après le noir, un tout autre noir’ atelier Antwerp 2006.
  • ‘petites graines de tous les jours’ Vernon Gallery, Prague (Cz) 2006
  • ‘des illusions virgule’ Bourla, Antwerp 2005
  • ‘au bout d’une saison’ atelier Antwerp 2004
  • ‘HISTOIRE’ Espace Gainville, Aulnay-sous-Bois (F) 2004
  • ‘vers les grands vides de mon trop-plein’ Marcounet, Paris 2004
  • ‘sans titre’ Ateliers du Triangle d’Art, Ivry-sur-Seine (F) 2003
  • ‘les répendus et l’épinglée’ Moments Artistiques, Paris (F) 2003
  • ‘mon rêve avait une jambe de bois’ Galerij De Ziener, Asse 2003
  • Galerij Pont en Plas, Ghent 2002
  • ‘Bundel lichamen’ MuHKA, Antwerp 2001

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • ‘L’Atlas des nuages’
    Centre d’Art Contemporain Fondation François Schneider (F)
  • Kunstenfestival WATOU
    Over het verlangen en de troost
  • ‘XL – Size Matters’
    Gallery Fifty One Too
    curated by Yasmine Geukens, Marie-Paule De Vil, Marion de Cannière
    several locations, Antwerp
  • ‘J’avais 15 ans’
    Centre culturel de Marchin, Marchin
  • ‘(It) Works on Paper II’
    Kristof De Clercq Gallery, Ghent, B
    aeroplastics contemporary, Brussels, B
    Gallery Fifty One
  • ‘Identities’
    Galerie EL, Welle
  • ‘Grote Prijs Ernest Albert’,
    De Garage, Mechelen
  • ‘Die van Aalst
    hedendaagse kunst uit privé-verzamelingen’
    curator Jan De Nys
    Gent, Wieze, Dendermonde, Aalst, Welle
  • ‘The Central Periphery’, (Antwerp Art Weekend)
    DE STUDIO, Antwerp
    Drawing Centre Diepenheim (NL)
  • ‘(RE)VIEW’
    groupshow at CCHA, Hasselt
    curated by René Geladé,
    07.06.2015 – 28.06.2015
  • ‘The Pistil’s Waltz’
    Groupshow at Gallery Fifty One
    30.05.2015 – 18.07.2015
    30.11.2014 – 31.01.2015
  • ‘La fureur de vivre’
    groupshow at ‘LA BRASSSERIE’, Foncquevillers (F)
    01.06.2014 – 30.09.2014
  • ‘ALMANACH’, groupshow
    curated by Lorand Hegyi
    Galerie Heike Curtze, Wien (A)
    11.04.2014 – 14.05.2014
    Galleria Alessandro Bagnai,
    Firenze (I)
    18.04.2014 – 24.05.2014
    Drawing Centre Diepenheim (NL)
  • ‘Oorlog en Trauma’ Museum Dr.Guislain, Ghent
    01.11.2013 – 30.06.2014
  • ‘Crossing lines again’ Workplace, Antwerp,
    15.09.2013 – 27.10.2013
  • ‘Quinta Essentia’ semina rerum, Zürich (CH)
    06.06.2013 – 27.07.2013
  • ‘gratis toegang’ St Martinuspastorij, Westmalle
    08.03.2013 – 17.03.2013
  • ‘Tina.B’, the Golem project, Klementinum, Prague (CZ)
    17.10.2012 – 31.10.2012
  • ‘tchip tchip’ centre culturel de Marchin
    29.04.2012 – 20.05.2012
  • ‘RAAK’ Schunck, (NL)
    02.04.2012 – 02.05.2012  Mu.ZEE, Ostend,
    04.05.2012 – 30.05.2012
  • ‘RAAK’ educational exhibition by RASA, S.M.A.K., Ghent
    01.12.2011 – 08.01.2012
  • ‘Wallpiece 14’ Sint Lucas passage Antwerp
    17.11.2011 – 23.12.2011
  • ‘(when will they finally see) the POWER of DRAWING’ (62 Belgian contemporary artists) Geukens en De Vil
    09.12.2010 – 22.01.2011
  • ‘Wallpiece 10’ Sint Lucas passage Antwerp
    10.09.2010 – 01.10.2010
  • ‘Drawing Actions’ De Halle, Geel
    27.02.2009 – 29.03.2009
  • ‘heilige huisjes’ de Winkelhaak, Antwerp 2007
  • ‘papier’ Galerie van der Mieden, Antwerp 2007
  • ‘déjà’ Espace Commines, Paris (F) 2006
  • ‘Curating the library’ deSingel Antwerp 2005
  • ‘tekeningen’ Galerij Jan Colle, Ghent 2004


    @Gallery FIFTY ONE
    @ Galerie 8 +4
  • FIAC 2017
    @Galerie 8+4
  • ART PARIS 2017
    @Galerie 8+4
    @ Gallery FIFTY ONE and Galerie 8 + 4
  • Art Brussels 2015
    @ Gallery Fifty One
  • Art Brussels 2014
    @ Gallery Fifty One
  • Art Brussels 2013 @ galerie van der Mieden and Fifty One Fine Art Photography
  • ‘Drawing Now’ le salon du dessin contemporain PARIS  Galerie Van der Mieden 2011
  • Salon du Dessin Contemporain Carrousel du Louvre, Paris 2010
  • Arco Madrid 2010
  • Art Brussels 2009
  • Art Amsterdam 2008
  • Art Brussels 2007

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