HAND ENGRAVED COPY OF A VAN EYCK PAINTING

Artist's Statement


Because of his own origins (Italy and Belgium), Manuel Vermeire always felt seduced by the Italian landscapes and the Flemish clouds, and his main inspirations are found in both artistic tradition.
Manuel tried his hand at different printmaking techniques, until he began to focus on burin engraving - at first on copper, then on wood. 
He studied printmaking at the international School of Graphic Arts 'Il Bisonte', Florence, Italy. 

Albrecht Dürer, Jacob De Gheyn and Timothy Cole are amongst the printmakers who have most influenced him over the years.
His prints reveal a mash-up of historic forms and flowing lines.

He lived and worked in Italy, Ireland, Belgium, Austria, England and Slovakia, Russia, and the Czech Republic. Currently he is staying in Prague, CR.


Major awards:

First prize in the 2018  graphic works competiton “Opere su Carta” at the Circuiti Dinamici gallery in Milan, Italy. Solo exhibition in autumn 2018.

Joint first prize in the 2016 wood engraving competition “La Torre de L'Encenall”, Torredembarra, Spain, for the print 'Skoda Popular Monte Carlo'

First prize in the 2015 Jean Chièze wood engraving competition, Paris, France, for the print 'Crucifixion'.


Exhibitions:

MILAN, ITALY, Circuiti Dinamici: Winner of the “Opere su Carta” graphic works competition. Exhibition in January – February 2018.

JELENIA GORA, POLAND:  Selection for the 14th Jozef Gielniak relief engraving competition exhibition, Muzeum Karkonoskie, January – February 2018.

HEIST OP DEN BERGH, BELGIUM, Cultureel Centrum Zwanepoel: Selection for the graphic arts exhibition, November – December 2017.

BEIJING, CHINA, Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, part of the exhibition “Wood Engraving”, invited to participate by professor Yang Hongwei. November 2017. The exhibition travels to a number of Chinese art academies.

LONDON, MALL GALLERIES, Federation of British Artists: Selected for participation in the Threadneedle Prize competiton exhibition, November 2017.

DEINZE, Museum van Deinze en de Leiestreek, Prijs voor Grafiek Fonds Hilde Demedts, exhibition from 16/12/2016 till 15/01/2017.

TORREDEMBARRA, CATALUNIA, SPAIN: Premio de Grabado Xilográfico “La Torre de l'Encenall” 2016. Winner of joint first prize, exhibition at the Municipality's Gallery.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN: Participation in Artprize 2016, September 21st until October 9th, at the Women's City Club.

MADRID, 44th Premio Internacional de arte grafico Carmen Arozena, 2016. Selection for the exhibitions at the Museo Casa de la Moneda, Madrid and at the Casa Salazar, Santa Cruz de la Palma.

BARCELONA: Trienal Internacional de Grabado Contemporàneo, Gallery El Catascopio, a collaboration with Graver Maintenant. Exhibition from 11/02/2016 until 3/4/2016.

BAGNACAVALLO RAVENNA: 1st Biennale di incisione Giuseppe Maestri, selected for the exhibition december 2015 – Januari 2016.

KYOTO INTERNATIONAL WOODPRINT ASSOCIATION: 7th Exhibition, March 2016, Kyoto Municipal Museum, Japan.

LÒDZ (Poland): First International Biennial of Graphic Art, selection for participation in the exhibition (2015). Repeat of this exhibition at Art Inkubator, Fabryka Sztuki, Lodz, 2016.

WOOD ENGRAVERS NETWORK (USA): Selected for their triennial exhibition (2014-2016).

SINCLAIR GALLERY, COE COLLEGE, CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA: Selected for the international printmaking exhibition. Curator: Kathy Caraccio. From February 15th to March 17th, 2013.

SIENA, ITALY, STANZE DELLA MEMORIA: Solo exhibition "I bulini di Manuel Vermeire". Curator: Fabio Mazzieri. From November 23th, 2012 to January 22th, 2013.

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, PROJECTS GALLERY:  Selected for the exhibition 'Fresh impressions', in collaboration with the Brandywine Workshop. From October 5th to October 27th, 2012.

LONDON BANKSIDE GALLERY - OXFORD ART JERICHO GALLERY - BATH VICTORIA GALLERY: Selection for participation in the 75th Society of Wood Engravers annual exhibition (travelling, from September 2012 to June 2013.)