Dirk Vander Eecken (born 1954 in Mortsel, lives and works in Antwerp) was originally trained as a graphic artist, but gradually started making paintings.
In his early graphics he incorporated existing icons, images and maps that he used as a background. When he started to convert the line patterns he saw in landscapes into grids and patterns that resulted in new, ever more abstract works of art, the change came to painting.
Vander Eecken has been working closely with the electron microscopy and nanotechnology group at the University of Antwerp for several years now. The structures that the scientists reveal with their electron microscope serve him to compose his multi-layered paintings. There is no brush or brush involved, but grids and thin layers of sprayed paint. His experimental approach produces work in which painting, graphics and science influence each other.
He creates new images that emerge from the structured chaos that science investigates. And which in turn are composed as a structured chaos with the possibility of discovering in it an afterimage beyond the factuality of science