contemporary paintings using the technology and knowledge of this century.
He is an artist from Brussels who created these images using static electricity (up to 30.000 Volts) and a variety of different chemicals and painting mediums. In order to use electricity as a painting medium the artist developed a new painting method. These paintings are part of a series of portraits titled ‘Our souls captured in the electromagnetic field’.
What is a that makes a portrait a good portrait? It seems that a lot of portrait artists want to reveal the soul, the character of the person they are portraying. Or at least something that goes deeper than just the surface of the subject. And what is this ‘soul’ of an individual other than a bunch of electromagnetic interactions in the brain of that individual? So whit this method the artist tries to reveal this deeper state inside every person. What is the most important thing that a portrait should grasp? Are our actions, that define us as u human being, more than electromagnetic interactions? These are just some of the questions provoked by the artist. In this series the artist wanted to reveal a universal scream of humanity when feeling imprisoned.
Science tells us that our inner mechanism which results ultimately in our personality, character etc. is defined by electromagnetic interactions. In reaction to this the artist made sure that his portrait paintings where explicitly defined by the same thing, namely electromagnetic interactions. In short, these are contemporary paintings.
The size of the images in this series are very small. This is in conflict with the size of our ‘big scale culture’ that overwhelms us today. Our century is a century where nothing can be too big. And it is exactly that attitude that the artist wants to put in question. Do we still have the guts and decency to enjoy the small as well? At the same time these images do not only represent the macroscopic level of our world. There is also place to let your mind dwell in the microscopic level of our universe. In some ways these images also represent the electromagnetic interactions between different atoms, synapses in the brain, veins in our body