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Diels was educated at the Art Academy in Antwerp. His subjects are contemporary, yet painted in the tradition of the 17th century. Jef Diels has given 20 solo exhibitions to date, at home and abroad, and has been nominated for several awards.
His still lives are so realistic that the portrayal has a supremely tactile presence. The illusion is astonishingly complete and goes hand in hand with an intensely colored palette.
The artist’s brush betrays his admiration of the 17th century masters of the Low Countries such as Rembrandt, Gerard Dou and Johannes Vermeer.
Jef Diels works in the same tradition, although his use of brilliant colors is entirely contemporary.