Raf Veulemans

Raf Veulemans was born in Flanders, Belgium in April 1972.
He is a self-taught artist who uses airbrush in combination with organic materials, acryl, oil, O rhesus +, pencils and ink. The subject of the painting is always part of the work. It can be put in formaldehyde, be covered by resin, stuffed or prepared in Raf's own dramatical way.

Early in life, Raf discovered a passion for drawing and nature. Around his 14th birthday he wanted to attend Art School but this was impossible due to circumstances. Instead, he got his degree in technical sciences and specialized in electro-mechanics. After his studies, he started to work as a technician and engaged himself in another passion: music. When he was 28, he got interested in Airbrush and enrolled himself in a basic course given by artist 'Mistral'.
This new discovery didn't last very long because he soon got trapped in the more traditional subjects of airbrush, so once more he decided to leave airbrush and follow his other interests. After a couple of years he tried the technique again in a master course given by Belgium's best Airbrush artist 'David De Graef'.
Soon he crossed the boundaries of traditional airbrush and started to combine the airbrush technique with less traditional materials, like Taxidermy. He does not use this technique not in a traditional way but has made it a way of expression in his art. He also prepares the animals used in his works himself.

Subjects and goal

Raf has a passion for nature, animals, and also everything surrounding death.
In his artistic search, Raf wants to make the perishable eternal. He is fascinated by the beauty and fragility of non-living animals. In our society we are often frightened by death and all that has to do with it. We don't want to confront death, we don't want to realize that we aren't here in this world forever. Through his work, Raf tries to bring life and beauty back into the animals; he wants to portray the animals as they really are: soft and innocent.
Some of the works are set to make a statement against animal testing and the use of animals in scientific experiments. What may seem shocking from a far, can be beautiful up close.
All the animals used in the paintings have died from natural causes. No animal was hurt in any way. Most of the animals are found, come from museum-collections that have been closed down or come from befriended taxidermists and breeders.