Technique: Acrylic on hardboard Dimensions: 92x92 cm (≈ 36x36 in) Year: 2019

Shock is a natural human reaction to an awkward or dangerous situation which artists have long tried to induce to make a point, so now we have in art all kinds of distorted figures, urinals, faeces and animal carcasses, to name a few. And what is art, if not a description of the world, either by imitation or by negation. And what is the world, if not a place or a state of recurring shock, so much so that it has become something we got accustomed to, and consequentially unbothered by it much.

The work depicts such a world where an idiom taken literally is seen as nothing more than a curiosity.

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Liberalism

Technique: Acrylic on hardboard Dimensions: 86,5x86,5 cm (≈ 34x34 in) Year: 2019

Brain is wired into thinking it knows something when it actually does not. According to Brain games TV series my son watches many people find it difficult i.e. to explain how a simple zip works, or whatever else we take for granted. While it may have had evolutionary sense or reason to develop this way, it doesn’t change the fact that we’re not always as smart as we think. “Homo sum, humani nihil a me alienum puto!”

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Liberalism

Technique: Acrylic on hardboard Dimensions: 86,5x86,5 cm (≈ 34x34 in) Year: 2019

“All games contain the idea of death” – Jim Morrison
On the surface level this really might seem as a humorous depiction of the above mentioned quote, but when one asks who plays the game humor becomes inappropriate. Haven’t we all at some point felt like some mad golfer’s amusement?

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Liberalism

Technique: Acrylic on hardboard Dimensions: 80x106 cm (≈ 31x42 in) Year: 2019
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Liberalism

Technique: Acrylic on hardboard Dimensions: 85x85 cm (≈ 33x33 in) Year: 2019

A twist in my sobriety 🙂 Not quite, this is just a continuation of my exploration of painting substance – the idea is to make an abstract painting figurative. Or to be more precise, to marry the two. Neither of the qualities no longer stands alone but is expanded by the other into a new semantic field, meaningfully distilled and coquetting with the visionary or the surreal.

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Liberalism

Technique: Acrylic on hardboard Dimensions: 86,5x86,5 cm (≈ 34x34 in) Year: 2018

Remember those clouds in comic books with thunders and hammers in them, depicting one’s anger? Well, that’s what I was aiming at, and an abstraction came naturally as a means to do it. I was never much inclined to abstract art, and even if I understood one’s desire to do an abstract painting I never understood the desire to do a hundred of them. However, I reconsidered this while making this one because, quite surprisingly, I found the process more or less the same as when doing a figurative painting, not at all fundamentally different in what matters as I expected. And since abstraction deals with more authentic levels of expression for which it takes less time to execute the gratification is more imminent. I’d even say it is more selfish because it takes only the artist into account. In the end, it was a fun thing to do, so I think I am going to do a whole series. Maybe even a hundred. After all, painting is a selfish business 🙂

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Liberalism

Technique: Acrylic on hardboard Dimensions: 85x85 cm (≈ 33x33 in) Year: 2018
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For painting's sake

Technique: Acrylic on hardboard Dimensions: 68x85 cm (≈ 27x33 in) Year: 2018
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Anno homini 2000+

Technique: Acrylic on hardboard Dimensions: - Year: 2018
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Anno homini 2000+

Technique: Oil on canvas Dimensions: 100x100 cm (≈ 39x39 in) Year: 2018
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Liberalism