Patrick Verelst

Patrick Verelst °1948 Antwerp, Belgium

Patrick Verelst is both an in- and outsider of the art world. He has been working in the gallery circuit as assistant or gallery owner. Today he is a private dealer. Only to an intimate circle he is also know as a painter.

He worked as gallery assistant for Wide White Space Gallery in Antwerp, John Weber Gallery in New York, and — together with Marc Poirier dit Caulier— ran the Gallery Patrick Verelst – Marc Poirier dit Caulier Gallery in Antwerp. 
In the 80ies he moved to New York working as assistant at the John Weber and Leo Castelli Gallery. He returned to Antwerp to reopen a gallery with exhibitions of Julian Schnabel, Keith Haring, Ronnie Cutrone, Jonathan Lasker, Walter Swennen and others.

In the early eighties few works were sporadically included in shows at Isy Brachot, Brussels, Montevideo, Antwerp, Olsen Gallery New York, Museum d’Hondt Dhaenens, Deurle and ICC Antwerp.

Patrick Verelst has always continued painting, but destroyed most of the works by force of habit. It was the correspondence between him and Jasper Johns that convinced him to keep some of his paintings, as the latter persuaded him not to destroy them anymore. For years his paintings have never seen an audience, but in memory of his friendship with Marc Poirier dit Caulier he has now decided to exhibit them, but to openly invite viewers to a lesser-known side of his practice.

Patrick Verelst Flowers , 2017 Oil & acrylic on canvas 60 x 60 cm
Patrick Verelst Flowers , 2017 Oil & acrylic on canvas 50 x 50 cm
Snows of K 2016 oil and crayon on canvas 40.5 x 33 cm
You are here 2016 oil and crayon on canvas 60 x 50 x 2 cm
Untitled 2015 oil, acrylic and crayon on canvas 73x92cm
Untitled 2015 oil, acrylic and crayon on canvas 160x135cm
Untitled 2015 oil, crayon on canvas 73.5x60cm
Untitled 2015 oil, acrylic and crayon on canvas 80x60cm
Unititled 2015 oil, acrylic and crayon on canvas 125x144cm
Untitled 2015 oil, acrylic and crayon on canvas 160x135cm
Cause I'm your boogie man 2015 oil, acrylic on wood
Untitled 2015 oil, acrylic on wood
Untitled 2015 acrylic and collage on wood 36x25cm
Untitled 2015 oil, acrylic and collage on wood 31,5x21,5cm
Untitled 2015 oil, acrylic, collage and caryon on canvas 46x60,5cm
Untitled 2015 oil, acrylic on wood 41x58cm
Lupe 2015 oil, acrylic and crayon on canvas