Walter Elst


Walter Elst is the oldest of 3 children born in Antwerp on March 13, 1955. At the age of 13 he knows for sure: “I will become a painter”. He resolutely contacts the artist Leon Lommaert, who lives in Schilde. Until his death in 1978, Walter Elst remained his loyal student in landscape and portrait painting for 10 years. During that period they traversed the Belgian Kempen together, packed with sketching and painting supplies, to study and capture the beauty of unspoiled nature there in wonder and admiration.
Afterwards he studied with still life painter Raymond Van Hoeck in Antwerp and undergoes influences of Petrus Valckx and Willem Dolphyn. The latter in particular will leave a lasting mark on his work.

In 1978 he married An Van de Sompel who gave him 3 children: Stijn (1979), Sarah (1987) and Steven (1988).
Despite his artistic ambition, Walter Elst graduated from the Free University of Brussels in 1982 as a Doctor of Medicine, Surgery and Obstetrics. It is his wife An who convinces him and motivates him to follow his vocation and choose artistry. In 1984 he enrolled as an independent artist.

Since March 1996, Walter Elst has been exclusively represented by Galerie Utrecht (now Morrengalleries).

1984: First solo exhibition at the invitation of the Davidsfonds in Ekeren (Belgium).
1990- 1997: Various exhibitions in the Hof De Bist in Ekeren.
1996: first of the series of annual exhibitions in Galerie Utrecht in the Netherlands.
1998: participation in the Finance Building exhibition at the invitation of the City of Antwerp, Belgium.
2001: 1st Biography: “Nature is beautiful enough for me” i.s.m. Gallery Utrecht.
2002: participation in Museum Jan van der Togt exhibition in Amstelveen, the Netherlands.
2007: Overview exhibition in “DeSynagoge” in Kampen at the invitation of the Municipality of Kampen, the Netherlands.
2009: Overview exhibition in “Slot Zeist” at the invitation of the Municipality of Zeist, the Netherlands.
2010: 2nd Biography: “The Master of the Still Life” i.s.m. Gallery Utrecht.

Mentioned in the Biographical Dictionary of Artists in Belgium after 1830.