In more or less 3 weeks from today, I will showcase my last artworks in a solo exhibition in Brussels. The Wine & Canvas event is a project aimed to create value for the expat-community in Brussels by giving visibility to International Brussels based artists and wine-businesses paring their wine to the artist’s Art while allowing freely access to the public audience.
This year, I have the honor of working with Italian Wines Etc represented by the brilliant sommelier, Andrea Leghesa. Andrea, is currently selecting the “best fit” wines to be pared with my paintings.
For the Wine & Canvas, I have chosen to present some artworks realized on plexiglass, some on canvas and a few watercolor-blossoms.
There is a profound difference between the selected artworks. While the watercolors stay light and embrace the themes of “dream”, “imagination”, “childhood-nostalgia”, “the stories told by my grandmother in the long afternoons spent together”, the bigger sized paintings represent the investigation between human beings in dynamics spanning from men in social groups to duo-dynamics such as man-woman, man-man, man-fetish, man-voyeurism, man-animals.
In one of the canvas, LA MAITRESSE (100x100cm – multimedia on plexiglass), which represents, in my eyes, THE highlight of the exhibition, I have decided to represent the theme of social compromise. Does it make the painting difficult to digest? Well, it is surely not what an average art consumer would put on his/her wall mainly due to reasons I explain in here.
This painting is basically addressed to those Art lovers who are ready to forget about the “traditional and lovely bouquet of flowers”, which is a passepartout in many houses, and are ready to access a different level of artistic research.
The painting shows a bed-scene. A naked woman, the maitresse, seats on a bed, reflecting upon her relationship with her man, who sleeps close to her. They are both naked after having made love. She knows that he is taken. He shares socially his “official life” with another woman despite the fact they continue to secretly meet. She knows he won’t leave his wife and family for her, thus she won’t be able to have him all time as she maybe dreams of. But does COMPROMISE represent really a source of discomfort? While painting the maitresse-character, I shaped her as a strong woman who readjusts and accepts the price to pay to break socially moral rules. In my eyes, she is eventually happy not to be his household's woman. La maitresse is and will be for him the object of desire resulting from a transgression of social rules.
To end, another interesting aspect of this painting is the male nudity. I decided to represent on purpose not to hide the male sex in the painting. I believe, the human body, and not necessarily the female body, is an amazing structure to paint. Now, we are still at a stage where female nudity is more “acceptable” in art than male nudity. Well, my mission, as a painter, is to bring novelty and in my view, male nudity is as interesting and artistic than female nudity. There is nothing to be ashamed about it if we start looking at it with different eyes and distance from unnecessary moral guidelines.
I am counting the days to welcome all my valued guests at the Wine & Canvas exhibition on April 4 and have a Live exchange on their views on Art.