A portrait of a figure floating in water. He is submerged from his neck down, and everything except his head is slightly distorted by the water.
Els Borghart (b.1982), He is not here, 2017. © Els Borghart. Photo © National Gallery of Ireland, Photographer: Roy Hewson.Credit

Els Borghart

He is not here, 2017

Oil on board, 80 x 60 cm

‘My changing worldview and portrayal of mankind, as a result of my many travels and moving countries, mixed in with personal perspectives and reveries, is where I find my inspiration. Through Baudelaire’s ideas of the detached observer, I explore the significance of wandering and how this influences our perception of the world. This results in artworks that provide a series of encounters, with images offering curious glimpses and musings, moments often overlooked, figments of memories, open questions without answers.’


Els Borghart is a Belgian artist living in Ireland since 2008. She regards painting, drawing and printmaking as her main media. Borghart has an MA in Fine Art from LUCA School of Arts, Belgium, and an MA in Cultural Policy & Art Management from University Antwerp Management School, Belgium. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally at venues including Ennistymon Courthouse Gallery; An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk; and Zebrastraat Galerie and Galerie De Wandelgangen in Belgium. Her work is represented in private and public collections both in Ireland and Belgium. In recent years, she has received awards from Create Louth and the Arts Council of Ireland.


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