Inside the Studio: Robert Gheyssens (France)



Favorite material to work with?
In the beginning I used various types of material: oil, ink, pastel, crumpled sheets from the hospital… but now I paint with acrylic.

What themes do you pursue?
Imaginary spaces, which let the mind escape toward dreams.

How many years as an artist?
I have always been an artist.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARobert inside his studio.

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
Look for harmony in shapes and colours, which will lead you towards a moment of bliss.

Where is your studio?
Where I live.

Art school or self-taught?
I studied at Academie Royale des Beaux Arts de Belgique (Royal Fine Arts Academy of Belgium).


Prefer to work with music or in silence?
In silence, the most absolute silence possible.

What’s around the corner from your place? 
I live in the center of Arles and sometimes get the impression that I have just seen Van Gogh sitting on the terrace of a café in the Place du Forum.

95582-10962889-7“Cela peut Suffire…”

Where can we find you outside the studio?
On my terrace; I can contemplate the Rhone river from it.

If you couldn’t be an artist, what would you do?
Be an explorer or an epicurean person of independent means.

Day job?
I used to be the director of a cartoon studio, but now I paint all the time.

"VENT DE SABLE" ($2,600)“Vent de Sable”

What do you collect?

Favorite contemporary artist?
Pierre Alechinski.

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
A self-portrait by Rembrandt.

"L'HIVER ARRIVE" ($2,900)“L’Hiver Arrive”

Who are your favorite writers?
Jim Harrison, Philip Roth.

Use anything other than paint?
Sheets from a hospital.

Is painting dead? 
As dead as a beating heart.

"NUEES" ($3,500)“Nuees”

Favorite brush? 
A set of good quality brushes bought at Mr. Bricolage shop.

Palette knifes?
I try to capture fluidity, so no knives.

Monet or Manet ?
Both, but I prefer Turner.

"LA NUIT EST EN NOUS - diptyque" ($4,750)“La Nuit Est en Nous – Diptyque”



  1. Beautiful, organic landscapes. I love the way they make me really look into the little details and floating colours. I love the mysterious, magical feel your work evokes. Kind regards Kate*

  2. John Neyland says:

    Very beautiful works of art as Kate mentioned above Robert! Magnificent work truly and cool interview..really! Love the advice as well “be an explorer or an epicurean person of independent means.” Thank you.

  3. Chai says:

    Interestingly when I first reviewed Robert Gheyssens portfolio I was reminded of Turner’s later works. I think the attention to the color story and the organic approach makes for a calming but poignant painting style. Love the use of space and form.

  4. Impressive beautiful, reminds me the works of Zao Wou-Ki.

  5. Great color sensibility and composition.

  6. yes superbe flowing work, between water and air. Wonder-filled colours!

  7. Kaemmerer says:

    J’adore votre travail!

  8. Robert Gheyssens is a great artist, I have already collected your magnificent
    artwork, to him goes all my respect.

  9. La toile ” l’hiver arrive ” est une splendeur. Je découvre une qualité picturale
    d’un très haut niveau.

  10. Kaemmerer says:

    Dear Robert, you’re a painter that inspires me! I love your ‘oeuvres’. They give me a feeling of being close to something I could call ‘home’… Congratulations!

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