. A neo-Expressionist, Jean Emile Oosterlynck was born in Paris in 1915 to Belgian parents. At the age of sixteen he enrolled at the Academy of Kortrijk in Belgium where he stayed for six years training as an artist.
His first exhibition came in 1936 when he was invited to participate in a show in Kortrijk. His early work, mostly in oils, is described by French critics as figuration expressioniste but later he turned his attention to abstract painting and it is these that are best known today. These geometric abstract images possess a boldness reminiscent of Paul Klee. 1941, and with the war disrupting the Belgian exhibition schedule, he decided to attend the Nationaal Hoger Instituut voor Schone Kunsten to further his academic studies. Here he was tutored by Walter Vaes and Isidor Opsomer, both of whom would influence his subsequent output.
Although his work was exhibited and appreciated in Belgium, he found his greatest success in Paris. During the 1960s and 1970s he was under contract to two Parisian galleries, that of Katia Granoff and later to Andre Roussard who held regular exhibitions of his work. In 1979, he moved to the Spanish island of Mallorca where he died in 1996.
Works by Oosterlynck are held at the Museum of Fine Arts in Kortrijk.