This monograph presents a selection of drawings from the Belgian
artist's extensive corpus. Three different authors focus on this selection
and have shed light on the importance of the drawing in Delrue's practice.
Drawing is thinking, thinking is moving. These words summarize
the layered work of Belgian artist Ronny Delrue (b. 1957). For many years,
drawing has been central to his oeuvre. On the one hand, a drawing is an
autonomous artwork, but on the other hand it is the direct crystallization
of a fleeting line of thought that systematically opens the door to new
work. Drawing is therefore not only the result, but also the engine of
creativity for the artist, especially in the case of Delrue who not only
“draws” with pencil and paper, but also with photographs, ceramics, and
For Delrue, drawing is the culmination of a mental image, and the genesis of
the image and its immediate meaning are contained in the lines of the
drawing itself. That is why his drawings offer an intimate look inside the
mind of an artist who, on the basis of his own reality—shaped by memories,
emotions, and opinions—recreates the world a little bit on every
For this book, Philippe Van Cauteren (director of S.M.A.K., Ghent) selected
a series of important drawings from Delrue's extensive corpus. Three
different authors focus on this selection and have shed light on the
importance of the drawing in Delrue's practice.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition
“Correspondances” at S.M.A.K., Ghent, from October 26, 2019 to
January 19, 2020.
Ronny Delrue (born 1957 in Heestert, Belgium, lives and works in Ghent) is
a draftsman and painter.