I first discovered the work of Bonom a year ago, during my first trip to Brussels, Belgium. His massive pieces are impressive by virtue of their location, the fact that each is a real physical work, and by their subjects. Back in Brussels last week, I was excited to admire his most recent pieces, done less than one year ago, even though he did declare that he would never do illegal art again after he was caught by the police in 2010. The French artist made Brussels his home and his canvas, with his crazy bestiary, and different homages to the best french old masters, like this sensual reclining woman above, a direct reference to “l’origine du monde” by Courbet. Here are a few pieces you might have seen while hanging out in the streets of the European Capital.
And for my own pleasure, here is the only piece Bonom did in my favorite city, my home, Montreal (2009).
Photos by Aline Mairet