Artist: John Edmond Cluysenaar

Date of Birth:
Date of Death:
Place of Death:
Noville-sur -Mehaigne, Belgium
Residence in Dumfries & Galloway:

 Owned 7 and 9 High Street, Kirkcudbright 1941 to 1945


 Studied in Brussels

Exhibited At:

 GI, L, RA


The son and grandson of Belgian artists, John Cluysenaar began his artistic career as a sclptor, winning the Prix de Rome in 1924 and the Prix Godecharle in 1925.  Following a study tour in Italy and France he worked in Belgium till just before the Second World War when he came to the UK.  Cluysenaar had strong connections with the UK.  He spent some time as a pupil at Marlborough College and his wife was connected with the Gordon family of Threave.  He also exhibited in both England and Scotland.  While he made a name for himself as a sculptor he had turned exclusively to painting by the late thirties. 


Cluysenaar is recorded as living in Kirkcudbright near the start of WW2.  His wife and daughter spent the War at 9 High Street, when he returned to a studio in London.  He participated in an exhibition of allied artists at the National Gallery in Edinburgh, 1941. He returned to Belgium after the War, where his work became increasingly abstract.