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"There is a certain ambivalence in Hugo Besard's work: nature, the living world, captivate him: we find in his work the succession of the seasons, the cycle of life and death, the wonder of fertility, the erotic tension between the male and the female element  but also the atmosphere of enchantment, symbolism and religious feeling.  One gets the impression that the artist wants to hold something which is slipping away from him, from us.

There is no need for artists to bring a message, but the way in which they see their world can express and strengthen what already lives in their fellowmen, or can serve as a signal for those who need awaking."

Prof. Dr. Etienne Vermeersch, Vice-Rector of Honor, University Ghent


"Hugo Besard’s art embraces the earth and the whole living world on this planet, from the wriggling insects to the most noble under the mammalians, from the moss to the meteorites, from the egg to the sacred bird of Aphrodite. His artistic talent also expresses rage for the suffering of our planet, a fury which is painfully conscious of its impotence, because we, as human beings, damage ourselves. The graphic artist Besard puts his technical performance at the disposal of the ecological message he propagates: spare the earth, respect the environment and its inhabitants as sacred and irreplaceable."

Frans Boenders, Royal Flemisch Academy of Belgium for Science and Art

"Both as professor and as an artist Hugo Besard made a valuable contribution to the development of the art of etching in Flanders.

In form he has remained a pure and convinced figurative artist. His etchings are high-wrought and virtuoso, with special attention to the detail, the inn-fill, the black and white contrasts , the grey tones and the colour.

He often presents his works in diptychs, triptychs, series and suites.

Hugo Besard is an artist whose etchings can be seen as rituals in the cult of beauty.

But he has created this beauty for the benefit of a higher ideal of permanent development."

Ernest Van Buynder, President  of Honor of MUKHA (Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp) 


"It is not nature itself, but the mysterious force behind it, Eros, the love for life, that drives Hugo Besard to trace and to explore the complex world between the silence before birth and the silence after death. With virtuosity he carves the world into metaphoric and allegoric expressions. The fauna and flora occupying his etchings tell the sparkling story of life and death (Eros and Thanatos), virility and femininity, fertility and aridity, joy and pain, fear and security. With his eagle-eyed perception he captures the slightest vibration. He is anecdotal in his mockery, superb in his wrath, serene and respectful when getting down to the very core of the matter."

Jan Van Pelt

 "Hugo Besard's graphic oeuvre shows an extraordinary mastery and virtuosity of printmaking art.

Besard's work rests upon the tradition of Flemish art and painting by using motives that abound in realism and forms of diptychs and triptychs. New contemporary meaning, however, is written in these above-mentioned forms by permeating the prints with ecological and moral messages.

The richness of Hugo Besard's art derrives from the symbiosis of anatomical precision of his etchings with his incredible insight of modern ecological problems, which are shouted in messages that accompany each print".

Marina Majic, art historian - curator of "Splitgraphic International Graphic Art Biennial Croatia". 

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