Lou Strik (Ludovicus Arnoldus) was one of the last wood engravers in Western Europe who cut his blocks in a large format. His works can be read as a richly-illustrated picture book, a satirical fairy tale about Man, now and of all times. The fantastic and surreal prints have a powerful form-language and cannot be compared to any other contemporary work. Strik felt kinship with the medieval artists Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Breughel; and also admired the prints of Giovanni Battista Piranesi.
Respect for his friend and colleague M.C. Escher can be found in the little architectural jokes, which Strik inserted into his prints and watercolours.
2005 Solo exhibition, Epreuve d’Artiste Gallery, Antwerp, Belgium