Bio

Isabel Bouttens is an independent animation artist and illustrator living in Melle (Belgium).
She graduated with a master’s degree in animation at KASK (Ghent, 2002). Her films have been shown all over the world.

Her work contains drawings and films for music, theater, books, magazines, prints, installations… based on drawings and experiments with analogue and digital techniques, creating often poetic and mesmerizing images and experiences, linked to her memories, dreams and everyday observations.

She is now working on ‘Yestoday’s Garden’, an animated short film, with Wim Wauman (Blauwhaus) and Lunanime, supported by the Flanders Audiovisual Fund.

Isabel teaches animation at the local art academy of Wetteren and occasionally gives lectures, masterclasses and workshops.

Education

2006 / Teacher’s degree, magna cum laude (KASK Ghent, BE)
2002 / Master in animation, summa cum laude (KASK Ghent,BE)

Selected Films

// Floating just Above // animation & music performance 30′ // 2020
Design / animation / with Wim Wauman (concept, design), Michael Harrison (music), Pieter Stas (cello)

// Lemniscaat //animation installation performance 2’31” loop // 2019
Concept / design / animation / with Wim Wauman (concept) and Pieter Stas (cello)

// Vol au Vent // animation short 7’30” // 2013
Concept / design / animation / with Annelies Van Parys (music)
Produced by Lunanime / Supported by VAF

// Absence // animation short  10’47” // 2006
Concept / design / animation / with Annelies Van Parys (music)
Produced by Trope Films / Supported by VAF
Annecy Cristal (nominee)

// Maanvis // animation short 6’35” // 2002
Concept / design / animation / with Annelies Van Parys (music) / Graduation film KASK Ghent
Supported by SABAM and Raoul Servais Foundation
Awarded Horlait Dapsens 2002 / Special mention, Film Fest Ghent (BE) 2003

// La Chasse Noire // animation short 1’50″// 2000
Concept / design / animation  / Student film KASK Ghent
Awarded Best debut Krok-festival, Kiev (UA) 2001

Selected publications / screenings / expo’s

2023

2022

// Screening ‘Vol au Vent’ / Forum des images Paris / February 2022
director / design / animation with Annelies Van Parys (soundtrack) / Lunanime (Lumière) @ Paris (FR)

// illustrations ‘Herbyrinth’ Blauwblad No.05 / Picturale Ronse (Groupshow) / March 5th – April 16th 2022
illustrator / concept with Wim Wauman / CC De Ververij @ Ronse

// Illustrations and design / Blauwblad magazine No. 05 – … // 2021 – ongoing
art director / illustrator with Wim Wauman / Blauwhaus

//Cover illustration / ‘Oscar Cook. Vreemde Gebeurtenissen’ / August 2022
illustrator with author Vera Van Renterghem / Pelckmans Uitgeverij

// Scenography illustrations / ‘Musek erzielt: atlântico Edition’ // Première October 2022
illustrator / directed by Daniel Tanson / Philharmony of Luxemburg

// Animation / ‘Yestoday’s Garden’ // Preproduction // ongoing
concept / design / animation with Wim Wauman (concept /script) / Pieter Stas + Vincent Werbrouck (music/sound) / Blauwhaus / Lunanime (Lumière)

2021

// XXL installation & print in St. Martin’s Church/ ‘De tuin van Gistern* en Morgen’ // ongoing until end of 2021
concept / design / illustration with Wim Wauman (concept / wood veneer ) / Blauwhaus @ Aalst (BE)

// Illustrations and design / Blauwblad magazine No. 00 – 01 – 02 … // 2021 – ongoing
art director / illustrator with Wim Wauman / Blauwhaus

// Illustrations, stamps, blankets, chocolat spinning wheel // Watou Kunstenfestival / Blauwblad No.03 ‘Waartoublad’ // summer 2021
art director / illustrator with Wim Wauman, Madeleine Wermenbol, Stichting Johan Van Geluwe, Nicolas Vanaise (Yuzu Ghent) / Blauwhaus @ Watou (BE)

// Window display print design ‘Twinkel Winkel’/ ‘Sporen in het Landschap’ Moerbeke kunstenroute // summer 2021
concept / design with Wim Wauman / Blauwhaus @ Moerbeke (BE)

// Video installation ‘The Spinal Countdown’ / Sint-Antonius Abt kerk / ‘Sporen in het Landschap’ Moerbeke kunstenroute // summer 2021
concept / animation with Wim Wauman / Blauwhaus @ Moerbeke (BE)

// Video installation ‘The Spinal Countdown’ / ‘Potluck happening en expo’ // May 2021
concept / animation with Wim Wauman / Blauwhaus @ Sint-Niklaas (BE)

// UV-marker mural ‘Mindmap’ / ‘Potluck happening en expo’ // May 2021
concept / design with Wim Wauman / Blauwhaus @ Sint-Niklaas (BE)

2020

// Children’s book cover illustration  / ‘Oscar Cook, Opmerkelijke gebeurtenissen’ // Release early 2021
Written by Vera Van Renterghem / Pelckmans Publishing

// XXL installation & print in St. Martin’s Church/ ‘De tuin van Gistern* en Morgen’ // Opening Fall 2020
concept / design / illustration
with Wim Wauman (concept / wood veneer ) / Blauwhaus @ Aalst (BE)

// Children’s book illustrations  / ‘De Krokodillenfabriek’ // Release early 2021
Written by Dries Deschepper / Clavis Publishing

// Children’s book illustrations  / ‘Aaf gaat ondergronds’ // Release Fall 2020
Written by Nienke Berends / Clavis Publishing / Children’s and Youth Jury Award nominee

// Educational illustrations  / ‘Het kwartet van Colette’  // Release Fall 2020
Educational happy families game / VELT

// Children’s book illustrations / ‘Coco en Munt .De Plastic Dreiging’
Picture book by Rob Geukens & Emy Geyskens / VELT – Clavis Publishing – ISBN 9789044838121

// Animation / live performance / ‘Floating just Above’ // World Premiere Sint-Niklaas (BE)
design, animation
with Michael Harrison (USA) / Wim Wauman / Pieter Stas / Vincent Werbrouck @ Passages VII – SteM Sint-Niklaas / Blauwhaus

// Animation / live performance / ‘Allemaal Beestjes’ // Premiere Antwerp (BE)
design, animation
with Karel van Ransbeek (concept) / Annelies Van Parys (music) / Gino Rizzi (objects) – M HKA / De Studio / Theater De Spiegel

2019

// Animation / Live performance / Expo // Keizerskapel Antwerp (BE)
‘Blauwhaus objects and drawings with ‘Blauwhaus dreamteam’ – PhD defence Wim Wauman
Try-out ‘Floating just Above’ – with Michael Harrison (USA) / Wim Wauman / Pieter Stas

// Animation / Live performance / Expo // Kunstenroute ‘Wonderland’ Saint Amand Church, Moortsele (BE)
Live Performance ‘Lemniscaat’ – with Wim Wauman / Pieter Stas
‘Blauwhaus’ objects and drawings with ‘Blauwhaus dreamteam’
Curator: Veerle Michiels

//Art edition object / design // Thaumatrope ‘Keep Looking’
Letterpress by Jozias Boone – numbered 365 pc.
‘Blauwhaus’ with Wim Wauman @ Academie Waasmunster 

// Animation / Live performance / Expo // ‘Blauwhaus’ Ommegang // Waasmunster (BE)
Live Performance ‘Lemniscaat’ –  with  Wim Wauman / Pieter Stas
‘Blauwhaus’ objects and drawings with ‘Blauwhaus dreamteam’

// Poster // ‘Voedselrijk’ map//
Illustration / design / commissioned by Velt vzw

// Animated short docu // ‘Ons’ Vitrine’
Concept /animation / design / with OC De Beweging / commissioned by GC De Kluize Oosterzele

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