Kunstaankopen, kunstbehoud, monografieën, exposities
Frans & Kapma Foundation


There is so much marvellous art in this world. Art that wanders through
thoughts and the stories behind the thoughts. Here is a first impression
of art that fascinates us.

Discover the artists represented in the FRANS & KAPMA COLLECTION.

01. Thijs Buit
02. Machiel Hopman
03. Geert Meijer
04. Helen Sieger
05. Hans van Herwijnen
06. Gradus Verhaaf
07. Ida Roekevisch
08. Johannes Meintjes
09. Jan Rozeboom
10. Jacques Krebbekx
11. Alfons Vermeir
12. Willem Paerels

'Outsider in the family'
Oil on canvas, 70 x 50 cm
Signed: below left 'buyck'
Harry Buyck (1928)

In this painting by the Antwerp artist Harry Buyck we instantly fell in love. The chubby daughter, only dressed in hat and necklace, stays prominently in the foreground. In her nakedness she isn't erotic at all, but looks more like a polar bear you might want to cuddle. Undeniably she is an outsider, the 'black sheep'. Her father, mother or sister dear don't know how to handle this scion of the family. Is her lifestyle excessive, does she have eccentric ideas or is she just leading another, contemporary life, that neither the previous generation nor by her sister is understood? The painter, who hates a narrow-minded bourgeois way of life, leaves it open; the viewer personally may fill that.

The colorful canvases of Harry Buyck have a unique, expressionistic style and are therefore from a distance recognizable. The distorted, somewhat woody figures, are usually displayed in a fiery color palette, demand your attention. Often he denounces something or provocates, but almost always there is an undertone of deep concern hidden in his paintings.

Harry Buyck is a filibuster. Initially he was a merchant navy officer and he sailed the seven seas, but after a while he stays ashore. In Ghent he begins the artists café 'The Dragon' but his desire for freedom makes him unfit for business. He enrols at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, where his thorough craftsmanship as an art painter has grown. Since 1963 he has dozens of solo exhibitions and wins prestigious art prizes. He also coaches young talented artists and organizes, with others, numerous successful art events.

His greatest strength is the way he captures on canvas the relationship between people in their own environment in a critical, ironic and passionate way so that it evokes emotions. Is not that exactly what art is supposed to be, supposed to do?!