Both painter and music composer George De Decker is a versatile artist. The composer is inspired by images to create a piece of music, and vice versa, a composition he hears can drive him towards an entire series of paintings. In his large studio De Decker constantly listens to music during the creation of a new series of paintings. Each artwork is both individually conceived and a part of a whole. Besides painting and musical compositions George De Decker makes sculptural projects, video and sound installations.
The artist prefers to work in series. Music as a mosaic of sound and text inspires the artist to create images of ‘silent noise’ on canvas. Giving a musical or literary sensation an equivalent in a painterly medium recalls the concept of synesthesia and could explain De Decker’s drive toward abstraction. The often literary titles of his works - consistently quoted in their original language - are selected with the greatest subtlety, and reveal his high sensitivity for poetry and literature.
His painterly work shows resemblance with lyrical expressionism, although he has no intention to express his own mental state by his gestural brush work or by abundant coloration. He translates the music pieces and related texts into abstract imagery with a rather monochrome palette that highlights his feel for multiple layers.
George De Decker (°1951, Asse) is a Belgian painter and composer who lives and works in Sint-Katelijne-Waver. George De Decker studied at the Royal Conservatory in Antwerp and graduated in solfège, piano, harmony and art history.
As from 2008 his visual work has featured in many solo, duo and group exhibitions in Belgium and The Netherlands.