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Koen De Cock | Shepherds

Koen De Cock | Shepherds

Exhibition catalogue 06.06.2013 – 08.09.2013
€35.00
ISBN: 9791092599008
Sizes: 24,6 x 31,6 cm
Pages: 112
Cover: hardcover
Publisher: Roberto Polo Gallery | 2013

Text by Anne Hustache, The Extreme Fragility of Life

'Koen De Cock has always been fascinated by the nude male body and his desire to represent it. In 1996, when he enrolled at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, where he graduated in 2000, he choose the sculpture department, not really because the medium tempted him, but because he was attracted by the life drawing classes, an option that was no longer a priority in the painting department. Koen De Cock would have liked to follow the nineteenth-century academic tradition of drawing from plaster casts of ancient Greek an Roman statues before doing so from life. The mastery of anatomy was then considered fundamental.
It is for this reason, that after his graduation, he wished to enroll at the Ilya Repin Institute in St. Petersburg, where this rigorous academic tradition persists. However, he finally opted for the Academy of Fine Arts in Tianjin, where he pursued his studies for one year and the curriculum is essentially the same as that of the Ilya Repin Institute. According to Koen De Cock, whereas a model in a life drawing class at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp held a pose for two hours, in Tianjin, the model did so for two months. As he experienced, this could be boring, if it had not been for the study of anatomical deformations, which profoundly marked him.' (Anne Hustache / Roberto Polo)