About the artist:

Jasmine Sellier was born in 1956 in Antwerp. She has started as an autodidact before she was admitted to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, where she completed Monumental Arts Training. In addition, she obtained her pedagogical diploma.

In 2008 Jasmine founded LAB CREATIVO, a think tank in order to make art accessible to a wider range of interested people. The artist divides her time between working in her studio, teaching youngsters and giving workshops for children, adults and companies.

Evolution of her work

  • Part 1 - before 2000: period of transition from textile art to painting. This period is characterized by a non-conformist form of work. Long small panels, composition of panels. The composition lines are wavy, simple and most of the time open ...Different types of textiles are part of the images. This is a transitional period of textile art to painting ....
  • Part 2 - after 2000: further evolution to pure painting. The dimensions are more conformist. The pieces of textile become less apparent. The works will be framed. Forms in the compositions become more closed and comprehensive. Symbols appear more frequently. Hesitant introduction of figurative elements, like symbols.
  • Part 3 - 2004: The painting is combined with chalk drawings. It evolves gradually to pure chalk drawings with just a few acrylic accents. The figurative emerges and becomes the subject. The human body as a symbol. Introduction of paper art-techniques on the backbone of the drawing.
  • Part 4 - 2005: The female body as a symbol: unfinished female figures, adorned or tattooed, symbolize the feminine power in a universe where the individual keeps on searching.
  • Part 5 - 2007-2009: communication: words, don't eat them, taste them! Symbols woven into burlesque compositions, which rest on unconventional carriers.
    Combination of texts and images.
    Very often poor communication and the power of pulp press cause Biblical speech confusion. Everything is futile, nothing seems to be what it is.
    Paintings, paper maché and installations.
  • Part 6 - 2012: Start project Masks (Moembakkes) Everything evolves to everything ... Connectivity between individuals. Not susceptible – no virtual communication. Friendship as raw material.
    The continuity of shapes, forms, distort, deform. ... The new forms in the world go through various channels to be used again as raw material ...
    Various printing techniques, painting, textiles, mixed media, paper maché.

Clarification of Jasmine Sellier´ s work:

Sources of inspiration:

Emotion, nature, music and sound, literature, symbolism of various cultures, sometimes with her own interpretation.

Working philosophy:
When emotion is deep, it often pushes to be translated into shape and colour. This translation becomes composition, where both form and colour are applied symbolically.

Thus form can refer to well known or less known symbols, or icons created by the artist herself in the search for summary forms of communication. E.g.: closed square: room, cell, home, at home, territory, etc.

The entity will always be a fragmental momentary image. Each composition has its own story, the translation of an emotion experienced by the artist.

The audience fills in this story by interpreting all the given facts and so creating new emotion.

Continuity is created from communication based on inner feelings and perception.

Choice of colour:

The colour choice of the paintings usually refer to "earth, air, water and fire" with the emphasis on warm variants. Also the historical value of colours might be important. The technique used is based on transparency and colourmix through light. She refers to superficiality versus profundity, appearance versus reality.

The colour choice of the chalk drawing refers more to the tenuous and volatile, the ephemeral, with a focus on cold variants. The symbols are applied by means of metallic paint elements. The used technique is mixed, sometimes the backbone of the drawing plays the role of the light element. The shapes are hazy, confusing, sloppy and yet decisive. This refers to the unknown, and to the investigations: for eternal movement and evolution. …/…


Paintings: acryl on canvas or straight onto the panel.

Homemade paint of pure pigment is being laid in a lot of very thin and transparent layers extensively on each other. So the undertone is still able to affect the final colour.

Chalk drawing/mixed media: paper on panel. Side by side-applied pinstripes are mixed by means of rubbing out, shading, etc. Here also every layer is put on top of the other one, so that all layers define the final colour. This technique brings the necessary depth into the search for lines in the composition.

Paper maché: layers of paper unite the bearer of the object. The ultimate freedom of spatial design is important. Create a new carrier from printed words for new words.

Mixed media: a combination of the different techniques enabling to express concepts in complete freedom.


  • 1983: selection Social and Economic Institute of the retailers
  • 1987: first prize 2nd International Triennial ´Mini/Textile, Paris´
  • 1992: first prize, press price, and price of the University of Bergen, with design for "Anti-tabac" competition with the 4th year students Stedelijk Lyceum Jan de Vos, Antwerp, University Bergen/Mons
  • 1993: first prize Oxfam contest ´against racism´, with 5th year students Stedelijk Lyceum Jan de Vos, Antwerp. (Design was carried out by the students on wall opposite Museum for Contemporary Art, Antwerp. With the start of a new construction project, the wall was pulled down in 2003
  • 1994: first prize miniature art, 3rd biennial miniature art, Yugoslavia
  • 2009: third prize culture contest commune Rumst, painting