Koen Fillet (1962) studied drawing and graphics at St-Lucas in Ghent, Belgium, and failed. After destroying his entire early oeuvre, Fillet abandoned the arts for almost three decades.
Currently working for the Belgian news radio station Radio 1 (VRT) Fillet is one of Flanders’ leading radio talk show hosts.
While Koen Fillet earns a living talking, he prefers to keep quiet. Which is where art comes in. A growing unease with journalism and the media and a brimming urge to translate images into form made Fillet return to the easel and pick up the brush once more. Now painting has become his language: a way of subtly expressing the fundamental disquiet which always lingers just beneath the surface of his work.
As an visual artist Koen Fillet is fending off journalism from his oeuvre. Now and again he fails. Again.