Joël Moens de Hase
Joël Moens de Hase is a Belgian mixed media artist born in Brussels 28 November 1959.
He lives and works in Brussels.
Life and works
Joël Moens de Hase has long been devoted to abstract painting. Yet it was his photo mosaics in 2011 that really caused his artistic career to take off. This digital art, inspired by pixel art and neo-pointillism, reflects the change in status of the image stemming from the technological revolutions at the end of the twentieth century. Joël Moens de Hase’s photo mosaics invoke a two-dimensional reading. The background is made up of between 5000 and 17000 tiny photographs of delicate feminine curves drawn from a wide range of sources (stockshots, mail order catalogues, e-journals, etc.). They come together in the foreground to form a unified whole, generally representing a portrait or symbol of eroticism. The photo mosaic technique lends two particular characteristics to his work: depth and an array of colours. It can also be viewed in two different ways depending on whether you look for the content or the form.
Through his artistic approach, Joël Moens de Hase is dedicated to the cult of femininity and sensuality or, “to the love which espouses an infinity of form but which may also be embodied in one single individual”. He places freedom at the forefront of his work, be it through highlighting the woman who is free to make choices or as a vector of sexual liberation, now a world away from the events of May ‘68.