I am essentially a landscape painter. When I started making images I was painting outside with my easel in the middle of the night, trying to capture the darkness in oil-painting. I explore(d) my urban environment by foot or by bike, carefully mapping my battleground. From day one it was all about capturing places that had an atmospherical charge to it.
Through a shit-storm of soul-searching and surrealist detours in painting, photography has brought me back to the essence of my love for image making: portraying fragments of reality, attempting to construct images strong enough to carry the mood I wish to create. I can’t restrict myself to one particular concept, although the vowels and consonants of the landscape’s alphabet dictate my phrases.
Moving from Belgium to Australia has made me into a photographer in exile. As a permanent tourist I seek refuge in my images, trying to create a sense of belonging for myself.
I live and work in Canberra, Australia
All my pictures are for sale for inquiries mail to woutervandevoorde[at]gmail.com
2013 'FYSHWICK', at Manning Clark House, Canberra (fyshwick blog)
2013 'On This Site' at Kaori Gallery curated by Lee Grant, Canberra
2012 'Twelve Months' at The Photography Room, Queanbeyan, NSW, Australia
2010 'Paysage Fictionnel / Fictief Landschap', Sint-Gillis, Brussels, Belgium - Photography
2008 ‘audioMER festival’, K.C. België, Hasselt, Belgium - Video
2007 ‘W.I. J. in Sydney-Klaas’, curated by S. Van Bellingen, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium - Mixed Media
2007 ‘W.I. J. museum’, government grant Flemish Community, Mixed Media
2006 ‘Open Ateliernachten’, Nucleo, Ghent, Belgium - Mixed Media
2006 ‘Labo #2’ vzw X=10c, Ghent, Belgium - Mixed Media
2006 ‘Young Artists Selected By Hans Martens’, Ghent, Belgium - Mixed Media
2006 ‘Labo #1’ vzw X=10c, Ghent, Belgium - Mixed Media
2006 ‘Moscou-Bernadette’, Nucleo, SMAK, Ghent, Belgium - Mixed Media
2006 ‘Poco Loco Exhibition’ Nucleo, Ghent, Belgium - Mixed Media
2006 ‘F** * the Students’, Vooruit, Ghent, Belgium - Mixed Media
2004 ‘Pretentia’ Kunst-Zicht, Ghent, Belgium - Mixed Media
2002 ‘OUT’, Campo Santo, Ghent, Belgium - Painting
2012 '15' at The Photography Room, Queanbeyan, Australia (promo-clip)
2010 Arenberg, Brussels, Belgium - Photography
2010 Fnac Louvain La Neuve, Belgium - Photography
2004 ‘Wouter Van de Voorde’, Kunst-Zicht, Ghent, Belgium - Mixed Media
2003 ‘2 x Niets’ Vooruit Ghent, Belgium - Installation
2001 ‘Over-lijnen’, Mignon, Ghent, Belgium - Drawing, Painting
2013 Selection of New Normal published in Der Greif magazine.
2013 'New Normal' featured in the first edition of the Sydney based Try Hard magazine.
2013 Interview feature on Hungry Ghost Collective
2013 Radio Interview on 666 ABC on FYSHWICK exhibition (link)
2013 Presentation at PhotoAccess in Canberra video: part 1 - part 2
2013 Cover for The Victorian Writer
2013 Feature/Cover What Hype magazine.
2012 Interview by Rebecca Harkins-Cross for Treadlie Magazine (link)
2012 'Looking for alternative narratives' by Gillian Freeman for The Canberra Times (link)
2012 Interview on Curator is Present (link)
2011 '15' fifteen C-prints in handmade folio-box
2011 Feature in SNOR-magazine (Belgian photography magazine)
2011 Interview by Xavier Bichon for SBS Radio (link)
2011 Featured on urbanautica.com (link)
2010 Interviewed by Jan Bosteels for Focus (Dutch photomagazine)
2010 Interviewed by Jan Desloover for De Standaard (Belgian newspaper)
2009 Illustrations for Ruis (Belgian music magazine)
2008 Illustrations for Ruis (Belgian music magazine)
2007 ‘Moscou-Bernadette’, Catalogue
2007 ‘X=10c’, Catalogue
2006 ‘Young Artists Selected By Hans Martens’, Catalogue
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