Els Thijs

I am a Belgian figurative and abstract painter living in Antwerp.  At the Academy of Fine Arts in Lier, I studied painting.  Art was always around me as a child since my mother was an artist as well. My passion, emotion, and eye for beauty make my work interesting, raw, melancholic, mysterious, touching the soul.

My name is Els Thijs, I am a figurative painter who usually works with oil paint.  As a child, I already went to the academy to get creative.  It must be in my blood since my mother and grandfather were painters as well.  Even my 17- year old daughter is joining me at the academy for several years.   About 10 years ago I really felt I needed to paint, the art form I love most.  In my work, I try to express my feelings.  I have a raw style and love to paint on larger canvases.  When I am touched by an image, a picture, a movie, I get inspired to translate the emotion to the painting.  I love playing with the "claire-obscure", different brush strokes, sometimes brutal, sometimes refined, contrasting colors,... They all make the atmosphere of my paintings, making the viewer wonder, wanting to look at my paintings, again and again, discovering new elements every time.  Often people say they are touched by my artwork, which makes me really happy.  

- Els Thijs [Lier, Antwerp, Belgium]

Modern House
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Thirst
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Sunray
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Rosalia
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Reflection
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Rainy Day
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On a road to nowhere
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Nature calls
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Miedo
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Les orphelins dans la neige
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Into the water
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Hammock Girl
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Childhood memories
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Buddha Love
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Chico triste
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Thoughts
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Red Orange Yellow
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Bedtime
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Colourful Life
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Watching the fields
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La femme
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Emma
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Ella es
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Entangled Women
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