Broucke’s piece ‘Het kabinet van dokter Hahneman’ (The Cabinet of Dr. Hahneman) in the museum Dr. Guislain (Gent, Belgium 2006) depicts eccentric outsiders coming together as patients of psychiatrist Hahneman. Broucke illustrated, through the eyes of this fictitious doctor, the patients’ life on the basis of an extensive collection of medical records, artifacts, letters and works of art. For Broucke, these pseudo-historical topics induce the form of the painting: he translates the universe of his bizarre characters in a style that mimics his own. He tells his story using acrylic paint and graphite pencils on Japanese paper. He never begins a work on a stark white background. Instead, he prepares a warm, dark background in advance using broad brushstrokes. He then adds some shadows and light accents onto this ‘darkness’, resulting in a stunning chiaroscuro atmosphere like that of the 17th century paintings.
Galerie Zwart Huis presents the paintings ‘Nocturnes’, a series of nocturnal urban landscapes with endless points of light. Broucke was inspired by night documentations in various cities around the world: Antwerp, Boechout, Brussels, Chicago, Dallas, Knokke, Minneapolis, Montreal, New York, Paris.