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Published on Jan 24, 2011
the c0re Alex Van Lierde
In today's chaotic, fast-paced and loud world, my paintings offer harmony, serenity, and peace. Each one of them invites you to meditate and find balance through its light and natural energy. My paintings invite you to focus on what is essential, to create internal emotional room for quiet and serenity. They try to capture the essence of life at its purest, most mysterious level: a feeling, an emotion, a line in a plain colour, or an injury in the canvas.
Abstraction has become my way of freeing your imagination from familiar and recognizable shapes and letting you dream. I invite you to let yourself be taken by storm and mystery. No need to explain; your emotions will guide you to the c0re.
My inspiration comes from an acute sensual awareness of my surroundings. When I touch, see, hear or smell, I absorb the emotions, process the intensity of what I perceive, and offer its essence in my paintings through light and colours. My main source of inspiration is nature, especially small fascinating details that usually go unnoticed: pieces of tree trunk, water on stones... I seize those details in close-up digital pictures -- the detail I photograph is sometimes so magnified it becomes blurred. I use this as background for my painting, on canvas.
Nature has taught me how to use colours and light. It succeeds in mixing straight and curved lines, strong and pale colours, dark shades and bright light. Nature harmoniously links unexpected forms and colours. My brushes and art will emphasize it. And light adds life to it. Capturing light has always been an essential quest in my work. Nature is Life. Nature is Art. And Art is the Essence.
People's faces are also part of my first inspiration. Especially these faces, with life in their eyes, and hidden emotions. A person's face is a kind of road map of the life they have led. I present my people neutrally, without amplifying the emotional content particularly, and all the emotions embedded in the face itself.
Thank you for exploring my universe. I hope it will allow you to lose yourself in its mystery and bring you peace and harmony.
For more information Facebook: Alex Van Lierde Artist Website: www.alexvanlierde.com