Albert Willem

"I do not strive for perfection; on the contrary, I try to avoid it because otherwise it undermines the humour." by Albert Willem

Albert Willem is a contemporary figurative artist who lives and works in Brussels. He is best known for his naive-styled paintings, rich with wit and humour, with a folksy and infantile element to their composition. His subjects are generally light-hearted, deliberately avoiding profound themes, with twists of the humour that is integral to Willem's practice. His works, usually painted in acrylics on canvas, often show ironic or larger-than-life moments in everyday life: people fighting at a wedding, dancing at a funeral, an infinite conga line. He draws also on humour as an over-compensation for his physiological and emotional fears, both past and present, including highly personal quirks like the panic he feels when confronted by a dance floor. Willem's paintings encompass a sense of his artistic lineage that can be traced back through the works of LS Lowry, James Ensor and Breugel the Elder, all artists that he greatly admires. Drawing down on Lowry's artistic sense of normalcy and primitivism, Willem brings a contemporary spin on this style by depicting everyday life, without judgements of right or wrong, in 21st century society. Willem lives and works in Alsemberg, Belgium, and in recent years has exhibited in Lenningen in Germany, in Moscow and in Antwerp.

  • A difficult first day of work for agent Danny 2021
  • The conga line piece 52 2021
  • The beach club 2019
  • Drama in Pisa 2019


Born 1979, Halle, Belgium
Lives in Alsemberg (Brussels), Belgium


Solo Exhibitions

2022 - "Albert Willem: Chaos in the City", Galerie Boulakia

2022 - "Albert Willem", Rudolf Budja Gallery

2022 - "School's Out", Waterhouse & Dodd, London, United Kingdom > View


Group Exhibitions

2023 - "Summer Group Show", Waterhouse & Dodd, New York

2022 - Tang Contemporary Art, Seoul, South Korea

2021 - Masquerade, Lenningen, Germany

2021 - Hide Gallery, Moscow, Russia

2020 - Vleesfabriek, Antwerp, Belgium


Art Fairs

2023 - Waterhouse & Dodd at Art Palm Beach

2022 - Waterhouse & Dodd at Art Miami

2022 - Waterhouse & Dodd at Masterpiece London


Web Articles

> Whitewall Art

> Sotheby's Institute of Art 'Made in Bed'

> Artnet