Philippe Geluck

Born in 1954 - Belgium


What if in the black kingdom, the king was a Cat? Born in 1954 in Brussels, the artist Philippe Geluck grew up in a family, surrounded by art. His father was a cartoonist, his mother was a mezzo soprano and as a child he began visiting museums and familiarizing with Sempé, Chaval or even the satirical magazine, Hara-Kiri.

In 1972, he joined INSAS (Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle) but a year before, young Geluck was acknowledged already. With his graphic designer brother, he created a paper on the toilet wall. A place which is ideal for communication, more than we think, he was discovered this way and the editor in chief of the humanistic journal, "Oeuf" heard about Geluck and offered him a job as the drawing artist of the paper.

This is when a galore of opportunities followed him. In 1972, Geluck exhibited at the Palais des Beaux-Arts of Brussels during the event « La Venus de Milo ou les dangers de la célébrité », his work stood alongside Man Ray and Dali. The Maya gallery fell for the artist and offered him a first personal exhibition in 1976.

Philipe Geluck is made for theater. He worked on stage and took turns between drawing and stage acting. he replied to a friend during an audition and finally got the part and played at the Theatre National for the first time.

At the age of 26, Geluck's life was already bustling with energy, but in 1980 it took a decisive turn. He was to marry Danny and the cartoonist had the idea of using a cat and his wife on the wedding announcement card, to symbolize the young couple. The idea was a hit, and in 1983 Luc Honorez, journalist for « Le Soir », asked Geluck to make drawings of his new muse. The Cat was born, long live the cat.

He quickly became the weekly mascot and much more. It was « A Suivre » the magazine's turn to call upon the Cat's services and presence in their pages, before they offered him his very own edition. In 1986, his first album which was completely devoted to him came out. It was a major hit and Belgium had found its icon of modern times.

Phillipe Geluck hasn't given up stage acting and in fact began acting in the cinema 1990 onwards, where he worked with Laurent Ruquier and Michel Drucker. Ten years later, the feline played with big boys with « Le Chat s’expose », his first exhibition where he was in the limelight, at the Beaux-Arts Paris, opened up to comics at this occasion.

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Philippe Geluck - Anne-Marie et Roland Pallade - Art Contemporain, Lyon
Philippe Geluck - Huberty & Breyne Gallery (Petits Papiers Bruxelles), Paris
Geluck exp(l)ose Le Chat - Galerie Pascal Lansberg, Paris


Baza(A)R Belg(I)Ë - CENTRALE for contemporary art, Brussels
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