Ben Sledsens (Monography)

Herwig Todts, Stefan Weppelmann

Hannibal, 2022


The utopian stories in oils and acrylics by Belgian artist Ben Sledsens (°1991) depict his imaginary world, a Utopia in which he himself wants to live. His colors and reinterpretations of the landscape are reminiscent of artists such as Henri Matisse, Pierre Bonnard, Claude Monet, Henri Rousseau and Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Although his landscapes, portraits, historical and daily scenes have an idyllic appearance, his scenography also conceals a certain tension and mystery. He always builds his compositions around a moment of climax with an open beginning and end. By reusing motifs, themes, objects and poses, Sledsens creates an intriguing puzzle of references and builds up a recognisable, coherent, romantic and utopian oeuvre. This publication brings together Sledsens’ most recent work, from 2018 to the present. With text contributions by Herwig Todts (curator of modern arts KMSKA) and Stefan Weppelmann (Director Museum der bildenden Künste Leipzig).


ISBN: 9789464366778

192 pages, color illustrations, 29 x 24,5 cm, hardcover, English/Dutch/German/French