Columba Livia / Adele Renault & Niels Shoe Meulman

title: Columba Livia
artist: Adele Renault & Niels Shoe Meulman
year: 2013
medium: oil and acrylic on canvas
size: ± 120 x 120 cm

Adele Renault (1988) is a painter, who does realistic portraits of overlooked subject matter, working in scale from intimate canvasses to wall-sized murals. Renault grew up in a musical family on a farm in the Belgian Ardennes. She graduated from the Academie Royale des Beaux Arts in Brussels. Renault is fascinated by quotidian objects and subjects, which she observes closely. She paints portraits of faces, elderly, homeless and birds, isolated from their context, enlarged and flooded in sunlight. Suddenly a scruffy pigeon and a serene woman in her last days emanate a quiet grace and irresistible beauty.

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Niels Shoe Meulman is an internationally known artist and graphic designer. He is born, raised and based in Amsterdam and began tagging 'Shoe' in 1979.

In the eighties he met New York artists like Dondi, Rammellzee, Haze, Quik and Keith Haring. He then formed the Crime Time Kings with Bando from Paris and Mode2 from London. Together they gave graffiti in Europe its own distinctive style.

Shoe revolutionized the art of writing with Calligraffiti, an art form that fuses calligraphy and graffiti. His painting style can be described as Abstract Expressionism with a calligraphic origin. See more on

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