“Hereby, with the permission of my humbl self, I artistically announce that My Artist’s Statement ..doesn’t really excist.”
It doesn’t excist in terms it’s most of the time understood: an unique, verbalised view of making one’s art and expressing oneself, which is elegantly put in couple of flamboyant, abstractish phrases, and that’s the truth and nothing but the truth until forever. Something like: ‘When distant planets are whispering in my thorax, it is my art coming through that cosmic, steamy rainbow mist of angels sweating and suffering for the collapsing world. That’s what I bring infront you, humans.’
However, I do have ideas of making art, what and why I am doing it.
It’s in constant evolution, it’s developing - exhibition after exhibition, year by year, taking new turns time to time - and I hope I’ll never come to that point, where i have to nail my thesis on my studio’s door and throw away the hammer. That would mean throwing away the key, also.
…But yes, this is what I think: I consider my paintings as short stories, sort of anecdotes inspired by history, cinema, litterature, music, human nature. Those little stories pass through my studio, and they leave some traces or memories on the canvas.
Vague enough? Anyway, I guess this will cover the most of my work for some time.
…Hahaa, ’the most’ is the key here - because nothing is as permenent in my art (or life) as the changes, movement. I like it like that. One might think I have some issues with commitment and authorities. One got it.
Meanwhile, enjoy the ride and just follow the running paint, stay with me in this unidentified and inpredictable artistic evolution!
Have a nice whatever!
Which was first, the title or the painting?
How important the title of an artwork is, anyway?
For a collector, maybe, I don’t know, but the more I paint, the more I think it’s not important at all.
Okay, of course giving a title makes the listing artworks a whole lot easier for example here on my site. Without any titles I should number them, categorize them by themes, sizes or colors, or something like that, and that just wouldn’t work. I’m not organized enough.
When I’m working on something figurative some strange lines keep coming up in my mind; it can be something that the person in the portait might say, or something that just happened in their life. Like this flirty girl here, who just cannot help it -
And then there is the abstract work. Honestly, when starting to work, I have no idea what it’s gonna be, how it will turn up. I just want to start a riot whit a color, to destroy the perfect white canvas. And then there are so many different phases, like chapters of a story on the way, and it becomes sometimes very difficult to choose a title for it, to sum up the work of one week or one month, and squeeze it in a two-word line.
And then again, some paintings represent so obviously something in my mind, that they are actually born easily with a title, like laying an egg. *Plop*
Like this one, The Waters - Les Eaux
When painting this, we had a really hot summer here in Orléans. For more than a month we got no rain at all, and La Loire, our local big river was drying out. You could actually see the sand coming up, and slowly but surely the last little springs of water disappearing in the hot sun. It isn’t so abstract finally, is it.
Oh, and this
Mermaid Love Boy Crazy -?
It is by far the best, fucked-up-english -text on a t-shirt I’ve seen here in Orléans. Saw a teenage girl wearing it about 3 years ago at a tram station, and just can’t get it out of my head. There’s something surreal, in kind of japanese way in that line. Should probably use it one day as a title of a painting.
Actually I’m envious, I just want that f*cking t-shirt.
I know: it’s already been some time since you have been wanting something cool, different, a real, original artwork, not those chic&cheap Ikea canvases, like your neighbor, who has no imagination what so ever, and they are so happy with that million times copied foggy bridge hanging above their couch.. -Yeah, you want something better, but you can’t help to worry about what would it look like live, or is it even safe to buy from some weird artist person on the other side of the world when you don’t know them personally. Probably not. And how an artwork can get safely to you, and then what - how to fix in your wall and everything - so exhausting and terribly difficult and you are not DIY person at all, and all that must be finally so complicated, maybe you just should think again those Ikea landscapes, they are not so bad, when you get used to it and -
NOT. DON’T. No, they are not. Stop it right there. But keep reading:
When you contact me by this contact formula, I can send you as much extra photos of the artwork, as you like. Really. You’ll see how it looks like in a room, on the wall, all that:
On a larger image file you’ll get the idea of the painting as an object, paint and canvas as a materials, structure of the wood on which the canvas is stretched - or you can zoom into tiniest details, or see the artwork in a room space, or with an object that gives the scale of it. Depending of your screen settings, there might be a slight difference in colors in live (most screens are a bit bluish if not personnaly set up after buying), but the feedback has been every time the same: the colors are even better, or more intense in live. And of course, depending of the size and weight of the painting, I’ll give you some tips to hang it on your wall yourself, if you don’t wish to frame it. You’ll just need to know the material of your wall, but my paintings are not heavy, they can most of the time be fixed by a simple nail.
And about that safety of buying from an unknown? Well, I’ll put it like this: as an artist I’m proud of my work and my name, my art is me, my public image, and as an entrepreneur of course I want to be trust-worthy to assure my clients and not to loose them, or have a bad name on this. This is real face-to-face business, even if it’s happening trough my website, and I can answer all your questions conserning my art, the shipping, and the hanging or framing it.
Then, when you’ve made your choise and we agree about the payment method, this comes next:
I’ll need your full postal adress, telephone number, and the email adress, where you’ll get a tracking code, when your artwork is on the way. Telephone number is for the delivery people, so they can fix up the date with you. That’s all you need to care about! Hah, easy!
Meanwhile, I am spraying your chosen one(s) with a protecting mat varnish spray, putting on the hanging system, signing my work also behind the canvas, and adding a dedication, if you’ll wish to have one.
The next step is packing, depending of the size of your artwork, and the distance between my studio and your place, but basically I’m following 9 important steps every time:
I buy my professional packing materials mostly from Raja, a company which provides, among other things, special materials for stocking or shipping artworks; like these (1) flat, solid cardboard boxes, or briefcases, if you like. They are very clever items, protecting the artwork’s corners during the shipping and even rough handling, and that’s very important. Also, I wrap the painting in (2) a soft material (silk paper or plastic foam) inside the cardboard briefcase, preventing any scratchmarks on the surface. There will also be some (3) extra layer of solid cardboard or a solid plastic board to protect your piece from any hits. And when all this is placed in the cardboard briefcase, I close it, and wrap the whole thing in this (4) transparent, waterproof plastic, and put on the (5) blue belts and the FRAGILE scotch.
By now, all the artworks I’ve sent around the world, they all have arrived safely home. Never anything broken, not even once.
When the paintings is safely packed, and I can get the (6) exact measurements of it, meaning centimeter sizes ant the weight of it, (7) I can create a ‘new shipping’ on my FedEx or UPS account. I’ll give these exact measurements & your adress on a shipping formula, and it counts me the price of the transport action. In Europe one large painting door-to-door costs me around 130 - 200€ in economy class + the packing materials. Then I set the date, print out all the shipping documents, tape them on the package, and sit down to wait for the pick up; sometimes they come already in the morning, sometimes in the afternoon. This means that I’ll be working on my laptop, having coffee all day, (8) until your artwork has left the building. Like today.
In Europe the economy shipping takes about one week, but it has happened that a package has arrived in less than 48 hours. I guess it depends on how reactive or busy your local delivery companies are. And finally it’s the Christmas: you get your delivery, you’ll open it, (9) and you make a little email or a sms to tell me that all is okay. And if you want, send me a photo - but this is absolutely extra, most of my clients don’t do that.
Sometimes, when the artwork is very small in size (less than 60 x 60 cm) I can send it to you as a postal package. In Europe it takes again about one week or 10 days, it comes to your door as well, and is also safely packed, but without the belts and plastic film around it. When a postal shipping, I add some extra packing materials inside the box, because of handling methods of the post offices.
So, when you choose your artwork on my website, and you see the total artwork price ’including shipping in Europe’, it means that all the good quality packing materials, the transport company’s services until your door, and a full day of work by me when I’m signing and spraying your new, dearly chosen painting, and making it ready, packing it up - all this already counted in that price. That comes up to 15% of the total price.
…Voila! Why make it complicated, when you can just email me, chat a bit online or in phone if you like, and get your original artwork on your wall in no time. Magic!