In the eyes of Hugo Greiner: the panel by Willy Ceysens

Naturally amused and curious, Hugo Greiner presents us this week a piece that will not leave anyone indifferent: a large stainless steel panel signed Willy Ceysens.


“This panel is a unique piece commissioned in the 1970s from the creative artist Willy Ceysens for a building in a region near Brussels. A prestigious address: large offices with pieces edited by Herman Miller, Jules Wabbes… This panel was intended to sit in the reception hall in order to bring a certain modernity to the space, inspired by the work of Pol Bury , a Belgian artist close to kinetic movement. Renowned for his moving tables, Pol Bury notably created the large fountains near the columns of Buren in Paris.


But back to Willy Ceysens, the artist signs an atypical piece of character. The brutalist, almost deconstructivist aspect, important in Belgium in the 1970s, is felt through this creation. Brutalism was not only reserved for furniture but also opened up to sculpture and decoration. The presence of spheres on the panel is a perfect allusion to the time, where volumes and curves find their rightful place among psychedelic patterns and geometric shapes.


Throughout this piece, let us note that there is a difference in style to be made with his work in cast aluminum, reproducible indefinitely. This panel is a unique piece born from a special order; whose original aspect is more linked to the work than to the creator.


The welding work is excellent, of high quality and underlines a mastery of different techniques. The folded is original and the patinated aspect, rubbed, remarkable. Relatively imposing, the panel measures 2.24 m by 2 m and its Space Age side sets it apart from other decorative panels. This one is straight out of a science fiction film in my imagination and perfectly transcribes the mastered extravagance of the 70s.


Being in stainless steel, it could be presented outdoors. I imagine it all in contrast, breaking away from the surrounding vegetation, as if out of nothing by and yet perfectly anchored in the atmosphere. Or perhaps in a very designer interior with graphic lines where the spirit of a discerning decorator hovers ... "


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