Whimsically titled “Mumbo? Perhaps... Jumbo? Perhaps not!”, William Fort's 4th solo exhibition in Antwerp showcased the artist’s wit, ingenuity and exceptional draughtsmanship. Exemplifying his signature practice of reconfiguring and re-contextualizing art historical and pop culture references, and semantic use of text, the show, which just closed its doors, featured a new series of drawings and sculptures that Fort created during the past year in response to the strange times we're living through.

Characterised by their photorealism, Fort’s pencil and pastel drawings were presented in diptychs: a image paired with a word or a phrase that reinforce each other in the spirit of artists like John Baldessari, Ed Rusha, and Karl Haendel. Add in the pun-centric titles that provide an additional layer of irony and wit to the absurdist imagery, and two surrealist sculptures (a giant tree-sized car freshener and a porcelain candle-holder in the form of a butt plug) and you get an idea of Fort’s comedic ethos and subversive sensibility.

Eric David






The Mount / diptych / unique / 2021 / pencil & pastel on 225g Canson paper / framed / 100 x 140 cm + 56 x 76 cm



The search / diptych / unique / 2021 / pencil & pastel on 225g Canson paper / framed / 56 x 76 cm + 40 x 54 cm


The great indoors / unique / 2021 / wooden sculpture / 180 x 107 x 2,5 cm




Despite my huge talent, I’ve always managed to remain true to myself / diptych / unique / 2021 / pencil & pastel on 225g Canson paper / framed / 58 x 40 cm + 58 x 40 cm

The Oracle / diptych / unique / 2020 / pencil & pastel on 225g Canson paper / framed / 45 x 60 cm + 75 x 94 cm


Zweistein / triptych / unique / 2021 / pencil & pastel on 225g Canson paper / framed / 65 x 50 cm + 65 x 50 cm + 65 x 50 cm


Nightlight (edition of 5) / 2021 / porcelain sculpture / custom crate / 10 x 15 cm


Not yet* *How about now / unique / 2021 / Painting / 433 x 350 cm



The collector / diptych / unique / 2021 / pencil & pastel on 225g Canson paper / framed / 90 x 106 cm + 63 x 74 cm

The confession / diptych / unique / 2020 / pencil & pastel on 225g Canson paper / framed / 47 x 57 cm + 47 x 57 cm
Nightlight (edition of 5)

Nightlight is a limited edition handmade porcelain sculpture which was created during the dark days of the 2020 pandemic. The black glazed candle holder was designed to be used as a trusted bed side companion providing some much needed light at the end of the tunnel. Each signed and numbered edition is 15 cm high, 10 cm wide and weighs 510 gr. Nightlight comes in a custom made wooden box with die-cut foam, 3 candles, one pair of latex art handling gloves and a certificate of authenticity.

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Specifications:
Edition of 5
Height: 15 cm
Width:   10 cm
Weight:  510 gr
Material:  Porcelain

Included:
1x Signed and numberd porcelain sculpture
1x Custom wooden box with die-cut foam
1x Pair of latex handling gloves
1x Signed and numbered certificate of authenticity.
3x Candles
Trysomius 21 B.C.

diptych / unique / 2020 / pencil & pastel on 225g Canson paper / framed / 30 x 40 cm + 30 x 40 cm

Trysomius 21 B.C.

diptych / unique / 2020 / pencil & pastel on 225g Canson paper / framed / 30 x 40 cm + 30 x 40 cm