STATEMENT

Louise Bourgeois once said « Colour is stronger than language. It’s a subliminal communication. »

Impressionist theory, the philosophy of Josef Albers, the artists who worked under the name of Color Field Painting, the contemporary metaphysics of Olafur Eliasson, all were passionate about particular shades.

My abstract paintings are a personal expression of my fascination for colours and forms, skies and landscapes, the northern light and the southern brightness. The paintings are only made of pigments from the dry pastels that I crush, smash and smear on the canvas, in order for each painting to have a very profound and captivating presence. I paint laying on the floor, I feel nearer, more part of the painting, working from the four sides, walking around it and literally being in the painting.
Like Degas’ late works in pastel, my pastelworks are more painted than drawn : I put coat after coat of colored chalk on the canvas, moistening them and piling up one surface on another, trying to bring up the best of every tint, its deepness, vibrations, force and sensibility.

I want to express my feelings rather than illustrate them. I want the paintings to be highly expressive, to glow from within, conveying strong emotional content. Like Rothko, I am moved by color relationships, but I don’t want my pictures appreciated solely for their spectral qualities. He said, « If you are only moved by color relationships, then you miss the point. » I’m interested in expressing strong emotions and deep feelings, creating a meaningfull dialogue with the spectators, envelop the viewers in a particular atmosphere, and inviting them to take part of an immaterial world, filled with serenity, existentialism and poetry. I love the abstract for its lack of representation and total freedom, and I urge the viewers to seek personal spirituality by projecting their own internal ideas onto my canvas. The expected effect of my paintings is an intense emotion or ethereality.