Tom Herck

Born in Sint-Truiden (Belgium), June 22, 1984
Tom Herck is raised in the unauthorized graffiti culture. He refines his techniques during his travels throughout Europe, leaving his mark in most of the capital across the continent.. In recent years he has taken his art to a professional level. His roots remain however visible in his work, as well as they continue to return in his professional development as a contemporary artist to date.

Using iconography and symbolism Tom incorporates observations about developments and trends in modern society, often using confrontational themes in his paintings, murals and sculptures. The violence and aggression he recurrently shows through his work are presented in a subtle, sophisticated and critical manner. He increasingly attaches importance to the use of ideas and concepts in his works, using sharp contrasts, both in color and in topic.

Tom calls into question the societal role of religion and (social) media on the background of a de-traditionalizing and highly individuating society. While mixing old forms with new ones and using various cultural icons his work causes a significant tension with the spectator. As such, the resulting – and at times paradoxical - consequences of 'vanitas’ and "decay" becomes important topics, which we mainly find true all of his work.

 

SELECTED SHOWS AND EXHIBITIONS:

2017
Artefactory LABO - De Drukkerij - Leuven, BE / group
LaBel Valette - Chapel - Montargis, FR / group
Bargain of Eden - Het Veilinghuis - SInt-Truiden / BE / solo
Missing - Gasthuiskapel , Borgloon, BE / solo
Holy Cow - Sint-Jan-de-Doperkerk, Kuttekoven, BE / solo
Sacred works - Velose gallery, Bali, IND / solo

2016
Mine d'Art - L'ecole de musique - Blanzy, FR / solo
MDA Ex-Situ - Galeries Lafayette , Chalon-sur-Saone, FR / group
Het verval - Museum Vlaamse Minderbroeders - Sint-Truiden, BE / solo
Brussels gardens - Herkenrodehoeve - Opheers, BE / group

2015
Amok
- De chocoladefabriek - Tongeren, BE / group
Beste buren - Original Dampkring Gallery - Amsterdam, NL / group
Art 17 - OT301 - Amsterdam, NL / group
Groupe Atlantis - Carros - Nice, FR / group
Rubia collective - Dreambuilding - Antwerp, BE / group

2014
Atelier C - Museum M - Leuven, BE / group
Biennale de l'UMAM - Château Grimaldi - Cagnes-Sur-Mer, FR / group
(Nun) Fiction - CC De Bogaard - Sint-Truiden, BE / solo
Independent Arts Festival - Stedelijk Musea - Sint-Niklaas, BE / group
Exhi-B - Les Jeux d'Hiver - Brussels, BE / group

2013
Day One - CC Luchtbal - Antwerp, BE / group
15 Min. of Fame - fqb - Sint-Truiden, BE / duo
Opere Di Miscordia - Art27 - Heusden-Zolder, BE / group

2012
Vanitas - fqb - Sint-Truiden, BE / solo
Utopiart - Art27 - Heusden-Zolder, BE / group

AWARDS/NOMINATIONS:

2016
BLOOOM Award  by Warsteiner, Cologne, DE / Nominated
2014
Atelier C - Museum M, Leuven, BE / Laureate
Biennale de l'UMAM - Château Grimaldi - Cagnes-Sur-Mer, FR / Honorable mention


Tom Herck

PRESS AND PUBLICTATIONS:

2017
Portret van Tom Herck, De Kleine Ring // View link
Lezingen in en over Sint-Truiden, Tom Herck, HBVL, BE // Download PDF

2016
Tom Herck: The Decline, ARTiculate magazine, DK // Download PDF
Tom Herck krijgt internationale opdrachten, HBVL, BE // Download PDF
Tom Herck, Ding Magazine, BE // Download PDF
Kunstwerk als opvallend uithangbord voor bouwpartners, Beton & staalbouw magazine, NL // Download PDF
Stijn Meuris beeldspraak, HBVL, BE// Download PDF
Burgemeester bedekt Hitler in kunstwerk, VTM Nieuws, BE // View video
Kunst: Koen Vanmechelen, Johan Creten, Hugo Duchateau en Tom Herck, Toeristische gids, BE // Download PDF
Hitlerkaart krijgt infobord, HLN, BE // Download PDF
Hitler blijft nu toch zichtbaar in kunstwerk, HBVL, BE // Download PDF
Choqueren is niet mijn bedoeling, HBVL, BE // Download PDF
Kunstwerk van 50.000 euro. Besteld, betaald en afgedekt, GVA, BE // Download PDF
Stadsbestuur laat Hitler afdekken, HBVL, BE // Download PDF
Burgemeester Heeren laat monumentaal kunstwerk afplakken, TVL Nieuws, BE // View Video
Onbekenden maken Hitler weer zichtbaar op controversieel kunstwerk, TVL Nieuws, BE // View Video

2015
Jonge Truiense kunstenaar maakt monumentaal kaartenhuis, TVL Nieuws , BE // View video
Kunstenaar bouwt betonnen kaartenhuis, HLN, BE // Download PDF
Kaartenhuisje van 60.000 kilo, HBVL, BE // Download PDF
Artiest maakt kaartenhuis van 60.000 kilo en tien meter hoog, Het Nieuwsblad, BE // Download PDF
Tom Herck, Catalog groupe Atlantis, Paris-Monaco-Nice, FR // Download PDF

2014
Provincie Limburg investeert 75.000 euro in 16 artistieke talenten, HBVL,  BE // Download PDF
Kunst: Koen Vanmechelen, Johan Creten, Hugo Duchateau en Tom Herck,  Toeristische gids, BE // Download PDF
Tom Herck pakt uit met (nun)fiction-expo, Primeur magazine,  BE // Download PDF
Truiense kunstenaar maakt megagraffiti, HBVL, BE // Download PDF
Groot graffitikunstwerk siert Sint-Annacampus, Het Nieuwsblad, BE // Download PDF
Tom Herck, Catalog Biennale Umam, FR // Download PDF
Bastille sur Mer ou La prise du Chateau Grimaldi, Revue Lou Can, FR // Download PDF

2013
Entrevista con Tom Herck, Global tattoo magazine, ES // Download PDF
Iedereen beroemd, Eén, BE // View video
Voormalige Quick Sint-Truiden wordt kerk, TVL Nieuws, BE // View video
Voormalig fastfoodrestaurant wordt kunstkerk, HBVL, BE // Download PDF
De schapen volgen nu de televisie, Kerk & Leven, BE // Download PDF
Vanitas vanitatum et omnia vanitas..., G.A.S Magazine, FR // Download PDF
Televisie verdringt Christus in Graffiti, Het Nieuwsblad, BE // Download PDF

2012
Graffiti in en op Quick-gebouw, HLN, BE // Download PDF

2011
Torenhoge graffiti kunst op Quick-gebouw, HLN, BE // Download PDF