It is with great sadness and regret that we announce the death of celebrated Dutch-born Belgian artist Bram Bogart, who died this Wednesday, May 2nd, aged 90.
Born in Delft on July 12th 1921, Bram Bogart explored painting from a young age and went on to enjoy a distinguished and prolific artistic career. Bogart moved to Belgium in the late-1950s, eventually obtaining Belgian citizenship and making Brussels his home. From there, he developed new and inventive painting techniques, working in the thick impasto style that he became recognized for, and which placed his work in high demand throughout Europe. Best known for these captivating, colourful abstract works, Bogart has exhibited alongside his peers in some of the most important museums and art institutions worldwide, including the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, the Louvre and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris (1966, 1991), the Yarakucho Art Forum in Tokyo (1988), the Soloman R. Guggenheim Museum in New York (1964) and the 1970 Venice Biennale. He has had a great number of solo exhibitions and retrospectives, including major shows at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels (1964), André Emmerich Gallery in New York (1990), the Museum of Modern Art in Ostend (1995), the Museum of Contemporary Art in Ghent (1989), and at the Espace Museal Bellevue in Biarritz (1999).
Bernard Jacobson Gallery has been privileged to represent and work so closely with the artist over the last decade, exhibiting his work in London and New York to great praise. While he will be greatly missed, we know that Bogart's painting will continue to intrigue, inspire and uplift generations of art lovers to come.