Creative Belgium member Johan Van Oeckel, freelance Art Director, has always had a passion for the Arts. Five years ago, he decided to take up art again after his studies at Sint-Lukas Brussels where, besides graphic design and advertising, he also followed experimental atelier.

“For me, art has always been a great inspiration. It is a bit of a cliché now but my motto has always been: if you want to make great advertising campaigns, do not look at great advertising campaigns. Look at great artists, architects, composers, designers, choreographers …” - Johan

Johan is represented by Alfa Gallery Miami and Alzueta Gallery Barcelona. His work can also be rented at Bernice Belgium. High Quality Fine Art prints available at Artstar Gallery NY. Follow Johan on Instagram here.

He was selected for a six weeks residency at Frans Masereel Centrum in the summer of 2022, where he worked with seven other artists from all over the world.

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"Working every day from 8 to 20h, including weekends, with other artists from all over the world was intense but rewarding. I learned a lot about the different printing techniques which of course have played a big role in the history of advertising as well: letterpress, offset, screen printing … Talking about the artistic practice with each other, with external artists and curators was also very inspiring. Whereas I always wanted to keep the two worlds in which I operate more or less apart, they found it interesting to start looking at the two more as one. Using my advertising skills could enrich my work. “
Johan Van Oeckel