Permanent exhibition of India paintings in my studio-gallery in Montreuil, France
India is an amazing country, and it is quite a challenge to attempt to express its elegance and complexity. The spectacular tapestry of daily life is overwhelming, and subjects bombard the artist from all directions. I have chosen a figurative approach to all subject matter because it is my desire to share my feelings with the largest audience possible. Yet this realism is subjective to the point of sometimes slipping into the hyperreal or surreal, in an attempt to evoke the invisible - ideas and emotions related to my chosen subject. Stylistically speaking, these works would fall into the category of magic realism or imaginative realism. There is also a strong component of preoccupation with ethnic groups different from my own. Travel made the conception of the paintings possible, and I like the idea of taking my audience with me on an inner and outer voyage.
These works are painted in oil on linen canvas, executed in a technique which can be considered a contemporary version of the procedure used during the Flemish Renaissance by painters such as Jan van Ecyk and Rogier Van der Weyden. The technique involves employing both an oil medium and a glue emulsion in successive layers, the realisation of a monochrome in raw umber and flake white, the rendering of the entire image in optical grays before the final stages of color glazing. Paintings done in this labor intensive fashion require months of work; an average length of time for a medium size work being 2 or 3 months.
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