“ Art is a journey of self-discovery”.
This is indeed the quote welcoming visitors on my website www.beddru.com
The statement gives the extent of what to expect on the website while preparing to enter my artistic world. The statement gives also a concise but essential piece of information about the drive behind my pictorial works.
If, on one hand, I am pleased with the positive response and the encouragement coming from my public, which eventually translates into fuel burnt while painting, on the other, the statement clearly tells that I don’t paint to please others.
Painting is rather a pleasant and colored therapy, painting is research, painting is a way of understanding better how I function as a man, why certain thoughts have been formulated in a specific way in my head and especially why certain memories are stronger than others.
Painting is also a way of expressing how I perceive the world around, others, their emotions, their dreams, and their expectations. Sometimes, irony plays an important role in my artworks. Why? The aim is not judgmental. It’s just innate. I am a man before being a painter and irony is a daily companion, also when I don’t hold brushes in my hand. Irony is a feather I like tickling myself with, my partner, my friends.
Now, when it comes to my paintings, I like keeping it light, soft, visible, never dramatic nor tragic. The excesses usually don’t interest me.
My irony is usually in between brushes and titles.
A clear example is offered by a painting I am currently busy with “Le bar des amours” (100x100 Mixed media on canvas) which pictures a very crowded scene of human beings “closely” interacting with each other. Its incongruity, thus the ironic component, lies between the title and the pictured situation. I sketched the scene last year, in late summer. Then, my attempt to paint it got stopped several times as I could not decide myself on the exact technique and atmosphere I wanted the scene to have. I, then, wisely decided to wait. Two weeks ago, all of a sudden, the bulb turned itself on. I could eventually see the way I wanted it. I selected my palette, which by principle, I keep very limited in terms of colors, and the painting is eventually coming to life beautifully.
Irony in my painting is never dry. I like to see it merging with the emotional participation of the characters I paint. Thus, in the mentioned scene, I like thinking that some of the men went to that bar with the serious expectation of meeting someone rather than with the purpose of just showing off or fishing for a short night-pleasure.
I am in the process of confirming a couple of exhibitions in Brussels where I will indeed showcase this work together with other new ones. Looking forward to meeting you there and exploring more irony together.