Karl Geysbregts’ Grímur art

If historians in the far future would find art that was made by the Belgian artist Karl Geysbregts, they would probably be very confused. His handcrafted art looks like they were objects used in occult rituals by ancient viking tribes.
His sinister art also confuses people in the present. It is dark and repulsive, but after a short familiarization period, his art compels you to observe the aesthetic side. It reminds me of observing preserved mutated organisms in a jar at a museum. They also convert my repulsive feelings into pure fascination. We asked Geysbregts a couple of questions.

TBP: What kind of art do you make?
KG: I make what I describe as dark art, my take on reality with a twist.

TBP: How do you make your art?
KG: My inspiration comes from everywhere. Usually I have a concept in my mind and execute that any way possible.

TBP: What kind of tools and material do you use?
KG: I use anything from chainsaws and knives to just my hands, I have a wide variety of tools. I prefer working with wood, but also clay and wax are things I use.

TBP: Where did you learn your craft?
KG: I started out as an autodidact, then I decided to follow art school to further educate myself, which I did for 5 years in Antwerpen.

TBP: How do people react when they see your art?
KG: They are either enthusiastic or disgusted, it seems to be very black and white, which is fine with me.

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Jo Luijten
Dutch-born editor and video maker.

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