Stefan Beyst (°1945) is a Belgium based retired lecturer in the
philosophy of art and modern art history.
Many of his often controversial texts on art and modern artists are to
From 2006 onwards, in an
outburst of long-suppressed creativity,
he has embarked on a new adventure: photography.
In every series, he is out at developing a new approach or a new
and at setting new standards for image-making.
In 'Sans tête(s)' he explores the realm of double images
in a series of 16 'polymorphic metamorphoses' of a body in decay.
In a rather dark and ominous series 'Auguries of Innocence'
he ventures into the domain of the 'mass-scape'.
In 'Seize obscurs objets de
a new territory:
conjuring up desirable and desiring
beings from meaningless 'found
In 'Heptatych' he tries to combine
rigid composition with deep emotional resonance.
In 'Unheimliches' he tackles the
problem of the composite photo.
His approach testifies to a radical rejection of the concept of
photography as a document,
as if it was meant to illustrate Paul Klee's saying :
'Art does not reproduce the visible, it makes visible'.
stefan beyst, beisstraat 6, 3730 alt-hoeselt belgium