Between the Lines of the World. Klaas Verplancke, an Illustrator with Passion
(Annemie Leysen) The Low Countries - 2009, № 17, pp. 172-177
Klaas Verplancke is one of the most important representatives of the ‘Flemish school': a group of ‘young savages' who are revitalising Flemish illustration and causing more and more of a stir both at home and abroad. Both in Flanders and beyond his work is constantly winning prizes and can be found in translated editions almost all over the world. He is always on the lookout for new challenges, and as a consequence his work is constantly developing. He refuses to sit back in the comfortable security of a ‘Verplancke signature' and an established position. Over the years he has evolved from handy ‘gap-filler' to an immensely inspired artist of exceptional virtuosity, an ‘illustrator' (as he likes to describe himself) who tells stories in words and pictures with vintage and sturdy professionalism. With humour and gravitas, at once light-footed and philosophical, he explores the world around him with amazement and masterfully depicts what he finds there ‘between the lines'.
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