Life flows: Life, and everything natural changes, travels and transform itself, while also transforming and being transformed by its surroundings.
Such is the current situation I’m having the pleasure to live.
In the search for new challenges, meanings, meetings and connections, i’m currently living in a city, different then the one I have been living for the past decade. I am also pretty sure I will stay in this place for a short term while moving to somewhere new.
I have set up an Atelier, in which I’ve been busy with work. Dozens of studies and finished paintings are being produced in a creative frenzy.
A new series of paintings have been born in this timeframe. I call it “Universum Personalem”.
So much is being asked of me by my brain, and being translated into compositions and brushwork, that I couldn’t be more thrilled with the pictorial outcome.
Thoughts about nature, the human place in the universe, the forests and the urban environments, the beginning and ending of cycles.
I’m looking forward to what life will bring.
This past week I was honoured to be invited to show my paintings of the “Memento “ series and also to perform a Live Painting at a very interesting event in Florianópolis, Brazil. It was the 6th Expotattoo Floripa.
Of course in such a situation I had to ask myself. What would I paint? Should I keep it to the same tone and paint something on the line of the my Memento Skulls? I wasn’t very sure about reviving the serie and repeat myself...
Should I, instead, paint a portrait of someone I admire? Maybe a musician that the crowd of the exposition might recognise?
Or should I choose the less advisable option and start a complex piece for my new serie?
Of course I chose the last option.
Giving up the comfort of the studio to create, and throwing myself into the pressure of painting an important piece while other people watch. It’s good to put yourself in difficult situations.
Before I start I had the opportunity to walk around the place, listen to the nice music and watch the work of great tattoo artists. I knew I had nothing to worry and started to relax and got into the creative mood in a heartbeat.
The new series is in its early stages. And the new body of work is getting me very excited. I’m not sure where will it lead me. But I’m sure the path will be worthwhile.
The sketches are very promising, and the first painting is coming out great.
There is no doubt it were born from the previous Vanitas work, but I believe there is more life present in it. The central focus of the paintings starts to shift towards people and animals. I just find it hard to avoid the skulls. Especially when I read about the Amazon forests on fire. Do we have the right to be hopeful of the future? I hope so...
The composition allows me to play with shapes, colours and design in a way that speaks close to my heart. And while I recognise the influence of some of my hero’s, like Manchess, Cornwell and Watts, I can see that the work is inherently mine.
Thanks Marcio Fountoura, from Desterro Cultural, and Breno Reis from ThinkArt gallery!
Bellow are some pictures from the day. The painting is still in progress and I hope to publish it soon on the website.
EDIT: The finished painting after working for hours in the Studio:
Me and my great friend and artist Luana have been interviewed by Desterro Cultural. A nice chat with some wonderfully intelligent people. Portuguese language only.
This Friday 14/06/2019 I had the opportunity to meet wonderful friends, colleagues and collectors in the opening night of my first solo show in Florianópolis, Brazil.
The theme for the show was “Memento “ as in the Latin saying: “Memento Mori”, which translates as “remember your mortality “. I find this a most fascinating subject for paintings and conversations. And an essencial part of my philosophy in life.
One can say this group of paintings possesses many layers. At first glance it’s a show about skulls. On a more careful look, we realise there is something more. We are talking about “Vanitas”, a subject of paintings very common throughout art history. Vanitas usually are about remembering ourselves of our mortality, and also about the unimportant things we value in our life.
My paintings are not about death, as one might think on a superficial analysis. It’s about life. It’s about nature. Nothing is as natural as death itself, and we must never forget this. For it is this knowledge of the near end that reminds us to forget about the mundane and live life at it’s fullest.
On another layer, it’s also about painting handling , color and design. By limiting myself to compose the paintings using only one skull, I was able to explore everything I hold dearly in my heart about my craft. Much thought were put in deciding the color schemes and the edge play and rhythms of my brushstrokes through the canvas.
And to the night itself: So many bright people united in the same place, celebrating life, art, gastronomy and music. I would like to thank Breno Reis and Márcio Fountoura for organising the show at ThinkArt Gallery. I would like to thank Camila at Eureka Vegan Gastronomy for all the delicious food. The Unika Beer, for providing us with such a delicious beverage. And the musicians Rodrigo Martins Deo and Fernando Caramori for the wonderful sound.
Lastly, thank again to all the friends, students and collectors that came. I feel blessed to have you around and thank you for your continuous support.
Now, to the pictures!
I invite you to visit me and have a beer while watching beautiful and somewhat edgy paintings about Life and Death.
The show centers around the idea of “Memento Mori “. The Latin saying to remember us of our mortality. It moves me to remember being in the present, and also accept that life and death are faces of the same coin, and an essencial part of nature.
The way I decided to explore this theme also allowed me to play with colours and design. Being figurative but exploring edgework and brushwork, I managed to experience a kind of freedom that is very welcomed to my painting process.
Most of the paintings in the show are already on the website. Let me know how you feel about them!