I am a narrative painter whose focus is set on the dynamics between opposing notions e.g., crude/subtle, light/darkness, utopia/dystopia and I try to balance my images between these opposites. Not necessarily equate light with utopia and darkness with dystopia. I am interested in how situations in general can be perceived differently depending on the viewer’s experiences, mood, cultural background etc.
My paintings are mainly based on either random or planned photos taken by me but also images from the internet or films. I then collage these fragments from real life into an imitation of reality. I want my works to represent a possible elasticity of realty.
I very often use landscapes, with some sort of light source as the main idea for my paintings. It could be the sun or the moon but also reflections, light sources of different origin or light illuminating environments other than nature; cityscapes, interiors or distorting light cast on figures. There is a duality of drama and modesty about nature that I find relevant to my work. And the different light sources help me create moods and atmospheric environments. Inspired by the digital media’s ability to reproduce clear, vibrant colours, I often work with several layers of translucent paint to optimise the light in the painted surfaces.