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Whereas a personal topic such as security (1995) refers to the bond between mother and child, in later works it’s possible to notice a search inspired by land- and cityscapes, colourist Marc Chagall, and life itself most of all. It’s grounded in impressions immediately absorbed and then shaped into paintings i… Read More
Whereas a personal topic such as security (1995) refers to the bond between mother and child, in later works it’s possible to notice a search inspired by land- and cityscapes, colourist Marc Chagall, and life itself most of all. It’s grounded in impressions immediately absorbed and then shaped into paintings in the studio. It’s the contrasts between dark and light, a recurring theme, that gives each work their sense of impact.
I have been an independent visual artist since 2007 and have let myself be guided by landscapes –in the broadest sense of the word- more and more. It’s not about making “realist reproductions” but about rearranging space and atmosphere. Are there any unharmed landscapes left anywhere? The sea, desert, rivers and shores nourish my imagination, yet ancient pilgrimage routes and the sights found there are equally interesting. It happens at times that the natural backdrops of landscapes are transformed into shapes reminiscent of ancient cathedrals or aspects of these.
These shapes are accompanied by colours, powerful at times, subtle at others, a process that is repeated until it there is something poetic about the sense of repetition. Life itself, with all its highs and lows , is a major source of inspiration for topics. Sometimes poetry will be written as a companion piece. While painting, I often listen to music moving me recently: this ranges from Clannad and Iona to U2, Johnny Cash and J.S. Bach.

Day is the glory of night.
Night is the womb of the day.
Dominique Ponnau Read Less
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