Pierre Bergian (born 1965, Bruges, Belgium) studied Art History and Archaeology at the University of Ghent. Drawing on his fascination for architecture, his paintings explore space and structure and make use of the presence of architectural components. His interiors, with their sparse or non existent furniture, are often filled with pictures whether they be hung on the walls or piled against an easel on the floor, often depicted as no more than a square shade of colour upon the wall, possessing little detail.
`I never paint artificial light. I love some sunshine coming into a room, with a lot of shadow. I also like the light of the winter sun, entering very deeply, and moonlight, especially in old houses, when it reflects on the walls, floors, and ceilings. Light in a building can be so delicate..... Before I begin painting, I often make sketches of interiors. Some of these are quite realistic, while others are more or less compilations of what I have seen, perhaps impressions of reality. While painting or sketching, I imagine walking through spaces, opening windows, doors, and passages, and then closing others, to create another perspective, light or atmosphere. Sometimes this can be seen on the paintings, where underlying layers of paint, or even interiors, might be visible. I use fragments of older paintings in new rooms, often as a mirror, and this makes the work more like an archaeological object that contains layers of different periods. Thus, my paintings are in some way a meeting of history, archaeology and architecture'. (Pierre Bergian)
`What Bergian does is prioritise the room's essence over its story - in fact the essence IS the story ... Bergian's goal of creating atmosphere instead of a mirror image of reality makes him a visual poet of the interior'. (Frances Borzello)