Traveling, flowing and working on a new series of paintings

News / 15 November 2019

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.

Live painting at Floripa Expotattoo

News / 21 August 2019

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:

Interview to Desterro Cultural Radio

News / 13 July 2019

Tomorrow i will record an interview for Desterro Cultural Radio Station in Brazil. I will post it here after it goes live. In Portuguese only.

Solo Show in Brazil: Memento

News / 06 June 2019

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!