A Rendezvous with Christian De Wulf, the Artist who fuses Artistic Creativity with Psychology
Art for artistically inclined people represents their passion, interest, creative expression and
appreciation through art. Art has been with humans since caveman times – the walls of caves
where human habitations evidence is found by researchers, are streaked with systematic lines,
symmetric patterns and shapes found in nature, animals, plants and natural phenomenon. Art
has traveled along with human evolution and art too evolved along with human creative
evolution. Just like how mankind has come a long way, art has come a long way too. The art
during Vincent Van Gogh and Picasso's time took on a world of manifestations in the course
of time’s progression. The art of today takes on contemporary trends and dimensions with
technology interspersed into it, not to mention all the different tools, methods and materials
used to create art being highly varied. If there is an example to take to encapsulate the phrase
“endless possibilities” art would suit it best.
Art has come to cover a vast expansion of fields, from designs to crafts. Art isn’t confined for
one to express themselves, showcase their talent and let their creative juices of artistic flourish
flow; it also brings people together. Acting as a binding glue for the masses who share a
common interest, art makes people pool ideas, share their esthetic experiences and form new
and fresh designs. In light of that veracity, Christian de Wulf, a Belgian artist is making new
waves in art-form expression and interpretation. What makes him so unique and different?
Let’s hear it from the artist himself.
JLP: Tell us a bit about yourself Christian
CDW: I was born in 1973 and I am a certified trained psychotherapist and a graphic designer.
Belgium is home for me. I work here and both my practice and studio are in the same
JLP: So, how did you get from being a psychotherapist to artist?
CDW: It’s not a transition first of all, me jumping from one field to another field. Both have been
concurrent and inseparable from my life. It’s like cross-fertilization and it’s an essential
aspect of my work. For me, art and my profession as a psychotherapist are like both my eyes.
I can’t discriminate either eye and without either eye, my vision would be incomplete. I also
equip myself with the ever-changing factors in both the fields I am in to grow as a human,
adding quality to humanity.
JLP: How would you describe your art? What sets it apart?
CDW: I combine psychology and art, creating a visual impact that’s reliant on psychological
displacement. The art I do is not about what is there; it’s about what is not there. It opens
way to endless interpretations and plays with the human mind, stimulating imagination. The
art I do is extremely intangible, like the human mind – it plays with thinking patterns and one
person can’t synthesize my art in the same way another can. That’s the beauty right there. I
think that’s what makes my art so distinct and special.
JLP: Very interesting indeed. What are the materials you use to create your art pieces and how do
you go about creating your art?
CDW: I use acrylic paint, polyurethane and experiment with canvas – creating abstract landscapes
on canvas. My artistic core is using a small, barely visible image and giving it color and
shape – sometimes intensely raw and dreary, other times, flamboyant and dreamy. I use
layers of acrylic paint to transform the canvas the way I sometimes don’t expect. It’s really
very much attuned inner struggle which is both personal and universal – that’s what
JLP: Cool. You’ll be joining the Prestigious Art Auction house Sotheby’s in New York this month,
one of the most prominent in the art world. How do you feel about it?
CDW: I am definitely excited. To make it to such an important art event gives me much boost. I’m
happy that my artworks are being internationally recognized. I can’t wait to get there and
meet people who are artists and art connoisseurs. I am sure I will gain valuable experience
and exposure at the art show.
JLP: What do you have to say to inspire aspiring artists out there? Any useful advice you’d like to
give for them?
CDW: I will say that I have not reached the level where I am in the position to advice artists of any
age and experience – I am still learning myself. I’ll just say the advice I give myself. Being
fearless and not caught in a box in expressing artistic expression is important. At the same
time, create a niche. Don’t get too comfortable as it may hamper creativity. Always be on
your toes and learn from others as much as you can.
JLP: Thank you. Your insights are delightful!
CDW: Thanks for having me!
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