After taking part in workshops with Luc Perot in Namur, he moved to Japan in 1973, where he worked in decorating and opened his first studio in Nishiwaki. In 1981, he became a member of the Kokuten and worked with the painter Ryu Oda from Himeji, while being initiated in the art of calligraphy with the Zen monk Tainin Yukimura in Shobara. He presented works at the Kansao Kokuten Competition in Kyoto in 1984 and had exhibitions in Himeji, Tokyo, Kyoto and Kobe, continuing his vision of synthesizing an expression where Oriental and Occidental arts could merge. 

This painting in amber with strong, colors, vibrant to the point of reverberation, shows the traces of the calligraphic influences of the Buddhist monks as well as the constraints of matter but carries on to transform naturalism through a complex relation of colors and an insistence on scumble and glazing becoming finer and finer leading to the surrealisation of reality. As skillful as nature itself, his technique is that of his vision. Aiming for the diaphanous, Moline uses a minimum of matter and masters the use of transparency to span the heaviness of reality and reach beyond figuration.

After his return to Belgium with his Japanese wife in 1990, the painter set up his studio in Spa. He has presented regular exhibitions in Brussels first in the Montjoie gallery and then in “123…Art Now”. Just before the year 2000 he began to work on abstract compositions in black ink on white backgrounds, a Gutta cycle, with stains and diverse traces which are directly corporal and which he reworks daily in a continuous movement to and fro between the hand and the eye. Since 2010 he has produced a series of women’s faces and large nudes in amber on black backgrounds. In 2017, working with Jean-Marie Cambier, he published 400 pages of reflections on art in a book entitled New wineskins for new wines ! and began publishing a workshop journal that he had begun writing upon arriving in Japan in 1973.The television station, Vedia, made him the subject of an album on 16th October 2017.

Moline’s creative process (in Saachi Art)

Born in 1948 in Belgium, Daniel Moline is a Belgian writer and portraitist living and working in the countryside near Spa. He graduated as an philosopher from FUNDP in Namur and lived as an artist 16 years in Japan (until 1990). His work has been regularly exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Belgium and Japan. Staying receptive to the history and the cultural interaction between Europe and Japan is one of his main concern. Moline’s creative process starts with sketches and drawing from life on the canvas. He paints mostly portraits (mainly women), spending a great deal of time with each subject, a rapport with his model being necessary to work. He tried several mediums but somehow always returns to amber as he finds it the ideal and enigmatic partner adapted to his needs of expression. This light oily substance of rare purity and beautiful transparency takes some days to dry out, but brightens tonnes and offers remarkable elasticity. Several thin layers of extra-fine paint will sustain for ever the ardour and bloom of colour fields with strong visual impact. A patient process for a unique result !