Born in 1951, Belgian pop-artist Retsin lives and works in Bruges. Originally he was trained in design, but for the past 20 years the artist has devoted his life to pop art. Inspired by classic cartoons, films and film stars from the 40s, 50s and 60s, Retsin conveys classical themes of American pop art and plays with various materials and form languages. Retsin's passion for newspaper cartoons is reflected in his works, as he uses them as his motives for his artwork.
Retsin's work is multi-layered, in every sense of the word. The foundation of his art is made up of his collection of old advertising posters and placards. He creates a collage of these and covers them with an acrylic texture, one of the artist's favourite materials. Each work of art is finished off with a layer of wax, which he spreads across the pictures in a rather non-homogenous way and thereby giving it a feral touch of patina.
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