2023 Solo exposition gallery GNG Paris

From 16 January to 24 February at Galerie d’art contemporain GNG,
rue Visconti 3, Paris.
Vernissage: 18 January from 17 pm.

“In his paintings, drawings and collages, Johan Clarysse moves between the tradition of figuration and contemporary questioning of the image. In his work, his fascination with the human condition is expressed in paint, ink, pencil and watercolour on paper. Each is a representation of personal impulses and desires, of people and situations that are both seductive and disturbing, where a possible vision of reality can be both clear and mysterious.
There is an internal tension in the image, not only because of the sporadic use of text, but also because of the sometimes unruly connections of graphic, organic and pictorial motifs…” (Gilles Naudin).

2023 Contemporary Primitives Bruges

‘Contemporary Primitives’: 40 portraits by photographer Alex Vanhee of talented musicians, writers, visual artists… who have some link with the city of Bruges. From Raymond van ‘t Groenewoud, Kurt Van Eeghem, David van Reybrouck to Jan Devliegher, Jean Godecharle and Renaat Ramon. Plus exhibition of some works by the participating visual artists.
Author Benedicte Van Eeghem brings them into focus through the word.

Opening16/12/2003/2023 at 19h in Art space Bogardenkapel: Artist talk with Benedicte Van Eeghem and Alex Vanhee by Mieke Dumont.

2023 Winter exposition CAPS Ostend

16/12/2023 – 71/2024
In Caps (Contemparery Art Projects) Oosthelling 8 Oostende
Paintings, drawings, graphisues and multiples of:

Virginie Bailly, Yves Beaumont, Fred Bervoets, Guillaume Bijl,
Chantal Chapelle, Johan Clarysse, Leo Copers, Dees De Bruyne,
Luc Dondeyne, Jan Fabre, Koen Fillet, Vincent Geyskens,
Kati Heck, Daniel Johnston, Hervé Martijn, Panamarenko,
Walter Swennen, Luc Tuymans, Henk Visch, Philippe Vandenberg,
Jan Van Imschoot, Lisa Vlaemminck, Colin Waeghe,
Peggy Wauters en Giovanni Winne. 

Open saterday – sonday from 2 until 6 pm

Is evil of great importance to the good, 60×50 cm,2008

2023 Artist talk “Confessions of a painter”

Sunday, Oct. 22 at 3 p.m. at Pinsart gallery.
With musical performance by Arne Deforce.
The lecture is conceived as a visual walk through the work of the last 25 years.

2023 “This obscure object”: solote exhibition and book presentation (Bruges)

To agree or disagree, that isn’t the question, 100 x 80 cm

Exhibition from September 24 to November 5
Vernissage on Sunday, Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. in Pinsart gallery (Genthof 21, Bruges)
With poetry inspired by Johan’s work by: Frederik Lucien De Laere, Philip Hoorne, Paul Rigolle, Wim Vandeleene, Antoon Van den Braembussche, Steven Vanderheyden, Ludwien Veranneman, Tania Verhelst.
The book ‘this obscure object’ (180 p) is published by MER/Borgerhoff & Lamberigts. With text contributions by art philosopher Antoon Van den Braembussche, art historian and curator Frederik Van Laere and an interview by Wim Vandeleene.
Some forty original drawings are offered for sale to finance this new book. Click here for more info.

2023 Book presentation “This obscure object” Gent


Welcome to the book launch “This obscure object” on Saturday 17 June at 3pm at gallery S&H De Buck (Zuidstationstraat 25 Ghent).


Introduction: Luc Derycke (MER/B&L publisher and designer)

‘Artist talk’: Johan Debruyne (art critic The Art Couch and H-art) interviews Johan Clarysse and Frederik Van Laere ( art historian and curator)

Contemporary guitar compositions: Thijs De Muynck

Presentation of new drawings fundraising book

Interview about the new book: Exit, may 2023:

2022 Salon Blanc in Ostend


Off space Salon Blanc is located at Romestraat 3 in Ostend (near MUzee). It is a one-day art project, curated by artistic couple Els Wuyts and Yves Velter.  The aim is to be a place where people can come four times a year, for one day each time, to experience contemporary art in a relaxed atmosphere like the salon culture of the early 20th century. The December edition will take place on Saturday 3 December from 2pm-8pm with works by Johan Clarysse, Jeroen De Wandel and Liesbeth Vanheurswyn.

2022 Talking transitions in o-68 Art Gallery


Opening: Sunday 4 December 2022, 3-7pm (without appointment)
13 (guest) artists from O-68: Andrea Radai, Aracelly Scheper, Daphne van de Velde, Lenneke van der Goot, Miloushka Bokma, Simone Albers, Amos Mulder, Anya Janssen, Johan Clarysse, Karen Vermeren, Terry Thompson, Theo Kuijpers, Tineke Porck

The exhibition loopy from 4 December 2022 to 5 February 2023. Daily by appointment via the website: https://www.gallery-o-68.com/afspraak%20maken

2022 20 jaar Belgische Kunst, 20 jaar Zwart Huis


Catalogue ’20 years Zwart Huis’. This book gives an good overview of Belgian art in the last twenty years… With works of Koen Deprez, Hilde Overbergh, Johan Tahon, Fik van Gestel, Robin Vermeersch, Liliane Vertessen Colin Waeghe, Jan De Vliegher, Philip Aguirre, Nick Andrews, Yves Beaumont, Elise Berkvens, Karin Borghouts, Koen Broucke, Pieter Chanterie, Johan Clarysse, Willem Cole, Christophe Coppens, Carl De Keyzer, Michaël de Kok, Trees De Mits, Kobe De Peuter, Kim De Ruysscher, Gery De Smet, Gilbert Decock, Luc Deleu, Ronny Delrue, Catharina Dhaen, Hans Everaert, Jan Fabre, Antoine Goossens, Philip Huyghe, Jan Kempenaers, Louie Mauws, Karl Meersman, Ever Meulen, Albert Pepermans, Piet Raemdonck, Thierry Renard, Pjeroo Roobjee, Herr Seele & Kamagurka, Richard Simoens, Guy Slabbinck, Lore Stessel, Sigrid Tanghe, Mieke Teirlinck, Ruth van Haren Noman, Benoît van Innis, Marilou van Lierop, Jozef Van Ruyssevelt, André Van Schuylenbergh, Luk Van Soom, Hans Vandekerckhove, Philippe Vandenberg, Carole Vanderlinden, Lore Vanelslande, Jan Vanriet, Dirk Vermeirre, Karen Vermeren, Koen Wastijn, Peter Waterschoot, Bruno Hardt, Jean-Claude Legrand, Lut Aerts, Monika Debus, Tine De Weerdt, Anne Marie Laureys, Tamara Van San, Joke Raes, Antonino Spoto, Jan Marechal, Mieke Everaet & Yves Malfliet.

Have a look in these catalogue

Article in the Art Couch

2022 Resounding yes: Interview in Roer magazine


A resounding yes. Interview in the literary online magazine Roer by Wim Van der Leene: on the magic of the image, looking as an act, Bonnard, painting and poetry…. Read more: