Reflections on art and leadership

I use my art to reflect an artist and a senior manager in the financial services industry. I notice that the deeper I understand myself the more I succeed to impact others; in both art and work.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Beauty and Pity (2)

A distant garden died above us
As an artist I look each year or so for a new concept. Before finding a new concept it takes a few tries. I start with new paintings, new materials and new themes. It is difficult to explain, but many times it doesn't feel feels to far-fetched, or to superficial, or the expression does not get through.

So I end up making 1 or 2 in a new style and then abandoning.

A good new concept and style:
- are clearly linked and fit together
- allows deepening the subject
- is suited for different moods and expressions
- even stays interesting after having made 5 in the series

Happy now that the Beauty and Pity for me fits all these criteria. In addition it helps further build different techniques with oil paint, like dripping, layers, etc.

Still inspired!


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Beauty and pity

Feel the fish
Last year was a year of experiments and searching for a new concept.
I worked on exploring parchment as a material for art, actually creating a few nice and very personal art works.
But although the art works were nice a series would not really take off.
End of 2014 brought some new reflections:
- I should seek the next art series close to who I am; close to my strongest way to express. In my case this means working sketchy and very quick, without thinking
- Use the experience of the hundreds of small drawings I have made during the years. They have brought me a more direct way of expressing without a fear of ruining the art work.
- Find a way to combine beauty and pity.
I like the way Nabokov used beauty and pity to describe art.
Pure beauty will just lead to design. Something that will please and sell.
Pity connects it to reality, to my core and to my feeling.

So I started a series of paintings and tried to find the ultimate combination, creating an approach combining:
- using nice oil colours to obtain the beautiful sketched image and add layers of depth
- using black (shades and drippings) to express the feeling that come to me through the painting.
It took some time to refine the technique with oil, but getting more and more happy with the results.
Here you find the two first paintings, but more are to follow.

I like the concept of beauty and pity as it also represents an approach to personal life, and even work if you like.
Our primary focus is often on direct  results, ethics, rewards. when striving for those elements we risk losing our authentic self, our connection with our natural role; short term benefits overrule subconsciously our true values.

More to come