About Danielle Hameleers
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In my studio I use classical oil painting techniques to create contemporary oil paintings, inspired by human anatomy.
I am a self-taught painter. My academic training was in classical (bio-)chemistry. After obtaining a PhD, I worked in management and got very restless. During a sabbatical, I decided to change into a more creative direction. I took sculpture lessons and started drawing again (my favorite childhood occupation). Through drawing, painting and sculpting from life models, I developed my technique and my knowledge of the human anatomy. After trying several media, I taught myself to paint in oils.
Usually I'm working on several paintings at a time. Each one of them in a different state of completion. My painting style is (photo-)realism, but I like to combine this with abstract elements. I enjoy painting the human anatomy in all it's forms and shapes, a lot of my paintings are nudes. Painting skin tones and all these different shapes is great fun! I use models and set them against a variation of backgrounds. The backgrounds sometimes play tricks with perspective. Often the narratives of my paintings are inspired by classical mythology, that great treasure trove filled with stories about human behavior.