Sol Michiels

Sol Michiels
BE Belgium

I am passionated by oriental art since my childhood. I have been an artist all my life: draughtsman, painter, sculptor and a calligrapher in Chinese and Japanese scripts. I graduated with highest honours in numerous disciplines (drawing, painting and sculpture) from the Municipal Academy of Bruges and then attended a ten-year course at a Japanese school of calligraphy and ink painting in Brussels (Heian Culture Centre 1995-2005). There I was one of the few westerners to achieve a 5th Dan.

After that, I followed apprenticeships in China (Hangzhou) and Japan. The wealth of knowledge I had amassed is above all self-taught and for many years now I have been intensely occupied not only with practising the art itself but also with studying the underlying texts and philosophy. I write my calligraphy all by myself, wielding a paintbrush on oriental paper and then incorporates them into my work. They are in the main philosophical texts and poetry derived from Chinese and Japanese culture. In so doing, I only use traditional oriental materials. The aim is not to ensure that the texts are always entirely legible – they are, after all, merely fragments.

Favorite techniques: all acquired techniques find each other in my work.

Do you sell: Mostly all my works are for sale. I accept commissions.

Do you teach: After my diploma from the Japanese school, I gave initiation courses for associations and schools. On my own atelier, I gave lessons calligraphy (Chinese characters) and painting for 14 years.

Recommended teachers: my teacher at the calligraphy school, Kyoko Machida, died a few years ago. It is always interesting to study the work of old masters.

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