Charlotte De Cock is characterized for her vibrant and headstrong approach to life and her arts. In 2008 De Cock’s first exhibition was with Frank Van Laer in Antwerp of a series of Marie Antoinette paintings. The collection was of atypical, mischievous and humorous scenes of Antoinette in the 18th century. The exhibition was a success, with all works sold at the Vernissage. At Frank Van Laer, the out of the box minded antiquarian Martin Schmidt from Gallery Di Meo in Paris called her style, ‘Rock Baroque ‘. Shortly after the exhibition Luc Tuymans accepted an invitation by De Cock to come to her studio and evaluate her work. During his visit she painted a dramatic portrait of him.
De Cock has also taken part in Elephant Parade in the Netherlands and at Campo and Campo in 2011. In addition, she entered an artist’s competition in London and was one of the winners selected to exhibit at Liverpool Street Station.
In 2012 De Cock traveled to the United States. During a road trip through the Southwest she, “discovered the beauty and expressiveness of the Native American culture,” which resulted in a series of self-portraits in Native American feathers.
She exhibited the series in 2013 for the WO-MEN exhibition in the Fine Art Gallery in Antwerp and at the Soze Gallery in Los Angeles, where she spent a three-month artist residency. In 2014, De Cock again used elements of nature and historical costumes in her theme La Chasse, inspired by the fox hunt which she showed in a private exhibition at her home in Antwerp.
Also in 2014, De Cock painted a series titled, The Thirteen Masters. The series told a story about thirteen male artists who are the voice of a generation through fine arts, music, acting, writing and photography. The artists she picked are all internationally known, but based in Antwerp and included: Luc Tuymans, Koen van den Broek, Robbe De Hert, Jan Decleir, Fred Bervoets, Damiaan De Schrijver, Ludo Mich, Guillaume Bijl, Jeroen Olyslaegers, Wim Catrysse, Tom Barman, Guy Van Bossche, Herman Selleslags. De Cock portrayed these men in an, “unexpected way.” She painted them as they are, in a setting where they go to relax, escape, or vent. On the opening night Luc Tuymans came to do the opening speech at Koen van den Broek’s studio.
In 2016 she painted her first mural: De Kolonel, who is now a well-known guardian of the Troonplaats in Antwerp. Ever since she continued the path of mural art. She thrives when the surfaces and challenges grow. She has painted murals all over the world now, from Belgium to California, indoor and outdoor. One of her biggest challenges was the completion of 15 huge murals for the A-Stay hotel.
The Kolonel mural was inspired by her visits to the American West yet again. Ever since her fist visit to the region in 2012 De Cock is lost when she can’t spend time with her old free-spirited old souls that roam the Californian Wastelands. She feels at home in the desert and she communicates this love through exhibitions at out of the box locations such as abandoned warehouses. Like for example PAKT in Antwerp, even before anything was created there, with her 2016 My California exhibition. Followed by a sequel in Meatpack in 2018. She captured this freedom-filled and off-the-grid scenario in a documentary called: “My California. The same year, a book was born; ‘A journey with Charlotte’ presents these ten years of painting, travel, music and festivals.
Due to her love for and travels to the West she bumped into Stefan Ashkenazy, founder of the Petit Hermitage. He invited De Cock to paint and show her works in his West-Hollywood gem in 2018.
Ever since that first meeting she has proudly become one of the Bombay Beach Biennale artists, an annual art gathering in the little town called Bombay Beach where she loves to roam.
As she loves to think big she was overly excited when she received an invitation by Arne Quinze to paint one of his North-West Wall 8 story high installations at Rock Werchter in 2019. The scenario she painted for this one was inspired by The Favourite, a movie directed by Yorgos Lanthimos. Where she transformed this project into an art exhibit which came to live at an Antwerpian strip club.
Whether it be in the desert, at an exhibition location or just at home, Charlotte’s essence is that the sky is the limit. When you get by with as little as possible and when you follow your true self you will be blessed with freedom.
De Cock is influenced by writers like Jack Kerouac, and Hunter S. Thompson, filmmakers like Wes Anderson, Tim Burton, Polanski and Sophia Coppola; music from Nick Cave to Schubert, but also from nature, in particular the desert.
This observational gift and power also shine through in Charlotte’s music project: DAOUD. Much like her personal odyssey through the California deserts, DAOUD explores new experiences and places with an air of universal longing. Her music speaks to the awakened generation and enlightens the spirit.
In addition to visual arts and music, Charlotte was an organizer of the Barefoot Festival in Antwerp, which has grown exponentially in the 5 years it existed. It is a festival focusing upon music, self-expression and love, and it is a positive gathering of people that uses the event platform as a catalyst for social change. As a fellow artist who creates experiences and communities for a living, it is refreshing and vital to see this environmentally and spiritually conscious approach to the event world in practice. Barefoot is still missed by its attenders, therefor she now occasionally hosts small events all over the world.
De Cock and her works have appeared in publications from around the world such as: Gazet van Antwerpen, Talkies, Menzo, Flair, De Tijd, More Than Classic, Elle Magazine, ELLE (Europe), Steps Magazine, De Standaard, Focus, VIF, and Knack among others.
2009 Frank Van Laer _Antwerp, Belgium
2010 Elephant parade _Emmen
2010 Godevaart _Antwerp, Belgium
2011 Liverpool street station _London
2011 Summerexhibit Campo & campo _Berchem, Belgium
2011 Avi Kenan _Antwerp, Belgium
2012 WO-MEN in fine art gallery _Antwerp, Belgium
2012 Soze Gallery _Los Angeles, California, US
2013 Art of elysium by Christie’s Hosted by WIlliam Baldwin
_Los Angeles, California, US
2013 Soze Gallery _Los Angeles, California, US
2013 Daily Dose _Los Angeles, California, US
2014 Domaine Charron _Mortsel, Belgium
2014 Collab Lee Cooper
2014 Mural _Soho, New York US
2014 Campo _Antwerp, Belgium
2014 Opening Thirteen Masters at Studio Koen van den Broek
speech by Luc Tuymans _Antwerp, Belgium
2014 Loft Styles Thirteen Masters _Antwerp, Belgium
2015 The Jane _Antwerp, Belgium
2016 My California 1 PAKT (Antwerp, BE)
2017 A journey with charlotte _ CONTRAIR (Antwerp, BE)
2018 My California 2 MEATPACK (Antwerp, BE)
2018 The 4th floor by Charlotte PETIT ERMITAGE (Los Angeles, CA)
2019 Kutkunst STRIPCLUB MYO-O (Antwerp, BE)