Inside artist Tim Onderbeke’s Ghent studio

Studios are where artists come to reflect, research and react. It is where they come to retreat, take a step back from the hustle and bustle and ponder their next move. It is where notes are taken, clippings cut out, books page-marked and conversations recorded. Where ideas are tried and tested, where failure happens, often, and where frustration is a given. In the end though, it is where the magic happens. In part one of a two-part series, we visit the studio of Ghent-based artist Tim Onderbeke.

Tim Onderbeke

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When did you first move to your studio space?

I’ve been living and working here for five years now. Two years ago I started renting an extra space about a five-minute drive from here.

Why is it, in your view, best suited to your needs?

It allows me to study different interpretations due to the size of the space and its light.

What was the space used for before you moved in?

It was used to paint.

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What impact has the studio had on your work?

The most important one is the presence and absence of light and of course the fact that I live in it.

Can you tell us about the space’s history?

It was built in the 20s and it belonged to my father and grandfather who used it to stock paint.

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What is your favourite room in the space?

The room where I installed Chandelier I – a sculpture to study light, steel, glass, rubber and resin.

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What is your view from the studio?

The bathroom, the bedroom and a white wall with a chimney.

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How does your current space compare to your previous one?


Every space has its tendencies. But those are memories. This one is now.

This feature was first published in our April-May edition.