Born in 1966, Claire Dekens discovered a way to express herself using photography at the age of 48.
Dekens graduated at the SASK (Stedelijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten) in Hasselt ( Belgium ) . In her ongoing quest of mastering the image, she enrolled into the Bachelor Art Direction & Production Design at the Luca School of Arts in Genk ( Belgium ).
She put aside her job as a webdeveloper and became fulltime focussed at her new passion.
Dekens’ photography is mainly charactarized by it’s use of vivid colors. Her work of art consists of still life, sometimes in combination with self-portraits and portraits. It often references social themes and is humorous too at times.
Claire Dekens works and lives in Zonhoven, Belgium.
Through the use of a lens Claire can make her imagination come true. What you see in a photo is really out there. It is almost tangible. It’s the truth that ‘s being told.
You can use photography in various ways. You can make people think, getting them confused, or even make them smile. Her still lifes and / or (self) portraits always want to draw attention to a theme that most of us are confronted with in our contemporary lives. These are often themes such as environmental pollution, climate change or gender issues.
Claire’s photography can be described as abstract. This means that everyone can fill in a part of his or her own story.
Her use of color ensures that the work never becomes gloomy, even when it comes to serious themes. The work is cheerful to look at.
2017 – 2020 Bachelor Photography (Art Direction & Production Design) – Luca School of Arts (Genk)
2012 – 2017 Photography – Stedelijke Academie voor Schone Kunsten Hasselt
2020 Workshop with Sarah & Charles (4 days)
2019 Workshop with Jan Rosseel (4 days)
2018 Workshop with Bas Losekoot (4 days)
2016 Workshop with Nicolas Karakatsanis and Nils Valkenborgh (1 day)
2014 Workshop with Jerome Bonet (5 days)
2020 Weird is Wonderful, Wonderful is Weird – C-Mine Genk
2019 Lens op de mens – Overpelt
2019 #FotoCosaBa 6° edición – Madrid
2014 Nice to meet you – Part of the workshop with Jerome Bonet – Arles
2019 Siena International Photo Awards 2019 – Shortlist
2019 #FotoCosaBa 6° edición – Madrid – Shortlist
2019 35 Awards 5th – 2nd stage
2019 BREEDBEELD in gesprek – Lisa De Boeck and Marilène Coolen, Willem Douven, Claire Dekens