Focus Ann Van Hoey & Alistair Danhieux
24 February – 21 March 2024
This year’s traditional opening show featuring a duo of permanent gallery artists brings together British ceramic artist Alistair Danhieux’s abstract motif vase forms and Belgian ceramic artist Ann Van Hoey’s streamlined, contemporary styled monochrome works. Both artists decided to present unreleased works specially created for the show.
Ann Van Hoey has returned to smaller formats and reverted to her early days’ practice by leaving the clay bare in her two-tone pieces, which contrasts pleasantly with a warm orange and a lively blue, while the gradation from leather brown to dark brown matches the colour tones of the graphic landscapes that run across Alistair Danhieux’s tall forms
Ann Van Hoey
Born in 1956 in Belgium, Ann Van Hoey was first trained as a commercial engineer before becoming passionate about ceramics and changing careers. Recently exhibited at the prestigious Brafa in Brussels, her work is recognized worldwide and has been awarded many prizes. She was recently appointed to the grade of Commander of the Order of the Crown. She is featured at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York and in public collections in Belgium, Switzerland,Italy, Ireland, Hungary, China and Japan. Ann Van Hoey is a permanent member of Galerie de l’Ancienne Poste, which represents her exclusively in France and dedicated her two solo shows: “On the edges of design” in 2017 and “Folds, breath, silence” in 2021.
After extensively travelling across Europe, India and Africa, Alistair Danhieux (born 1975) established himself in the Puisaye in 2003. Noticed by Robert Deblander, he exhibited some “naked Raku” works in 2009 in a two-person show with Claude Dutertre. In a duo show with Thomas Bohle in 2021, he displayed vases covered in black abstract motifs applied with a brush, which stand out on a white background and draw their inspiration from tattoos or mandalas seen during his faraway travels. He joined the permanent artists of the gallery and the board in 2012. His works are currently in the collections of the Musée National de Céramique de Sèvres.