Evelyne Axell established her style as early as 1966, through the portrayal of women’s bodies, primarily her own. The outlines of these nude forms and the poses chosen for them by the painter produce the immediate impression of a free woman, unhampered by complexes, sure f herself and of her femininity. Her self-portrait, The Painter, may be viewed as a manifesto of her artistic vision: Evelyne Axell depicts herself nude, brandishing her paint brush as a symbolic object.
A graduate of the Namur Academy of Fine Arts and of the Royal Conservatory of Brussels, EVELYNE AXELL pursued a career as an actress from 1955 to 1962. After living in Paris for a short while, she returned to Brussels, devoting her life to painting from 1963 until her premature death in a car accident in 1972. The secrets of oil painting were to be revealed to her by the Surrealist artist René Magritte [1898-1967]. Evelyne Axell began to establish herself as a visual artist during the period dominated by Pop Art, when members of the New Realism movement were also consolidating their position. She then abandoned oil painting in order to explore the range of plastic resins, which she coloured with enamel paint. During this period, synthetic plastics were being developed and perfected. She was sometimes obliged to abandon a material, as it was no longer available to buy.