The Black Series
Anger, surprise, disbelieve, anxious, depressed, tensed, upset and most of all the feeling of being lied to.
I believe most of us can relate what I have been going through since 2016. „Breaking news” became the standard headline not the exception. On a daily base “red lines” were crossed, or some unprecedented hateful words had been spoken. The meteoric rise of NFT‘s during the pandemic into the art market seemed like the birth of a new stock market for everyone to participate.
All this had me wondering about art in general and specially about my role as an artist. A good year and a half into the pandemic feeling caged in and limited to express my feelings and observations through my abstract works, I decided to take a risk by leaping into a new genre. Neo-Expressionism.
Neo-Expressionism is very familiar to me but unexplored when it comes to my personal work since I had focused on colour and colour combinations. After multiple tries, I found myself ranting on canvas and lacking to bring across the message I was so eager to tell. My breakthrough came when I realised that we, as a society, had started to see everything in black and white. Extremes, with very few shades of grey in between. I chose black as my background and by adding layers of colours and white everything seemed brighter, stronger and a bit more hopeful.
I found myself reading much more and using digital images to lay-out my paintings. The message being communicated was sometimes playful, blunt almost harsh at other times. During the creation of each painting, I had to proceed slowly, painstakingly slowly because the danger of falling back into “the rant” as I call it was eminent. To my surprise almost all paintings had a different visual outcome then expected, but they all do communicate exactly how I feel.
The Black Series is not a new beginning but an extension in expressing myself only limited by own creativity. I now more than ever believe that humans are wonderful despite all the problems and calamities of the last years, but because we are good, we can also easily be misguided and divided.
The Black Series is a brief snapshot of our times that shows that not everything is black and white.
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The Black Series Anger, surprise, disbelieve, anxious, depressed, tensed, upset and most of all the feeling of being lied to. I believe most of us can relate what I have been going through since 2016. „Breaking news” became the standard headline not the exception. On a daily base “red lines” were crossed, or some unprecedented […]