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For wood, I normally first used a traditional gesso primer handcrafted at home. It is a somewhat laborious process, but it gives the a particular surface texture that is difficult to find in a standard store-bought product. This primer allows me to use many techniques to extend my range of work: acrylics, ink, collage, graffiti, graphite, transfers... even fragments of objects.

 

As for the themes of my art and my methodology, I tend to let the painting guide me. There is almost always a common thread, but in the end it is the dialogue between the particular painting and myself that guides me during its creation.

 

I like oxidized, worn colors... the patterns that time creates not only on things, but on ourselves as well. Perhaps that is why in many of my paintings there are rusty tones, blacks, sepias... also the transparencies of white, fragmented writings, symbols... scars in the form of scratches... and just a few touches of color, especially deep blues and  reds.

 

...a certain degree of abandonment of the old, but also beautiful.

 

I enjoy working with different formats, different sizes as well as different materials. In my early days, I used different weight paper, then moved on to canvas, and in recent years, I have often used wood as a base for my art. Each material gives me different possibilities, both technically and color-wise.

 

For my artwork on paper I usually use inks and dyes as well as acrylics and graphite. In many of the paintings there are collages of different materials: things I’ve found and cut out of newspapers, old cards, transfers of photographs I've taken of something that caught my attention at one time, or pieces of delicate Japanese or Chinese paper.

 

Regarding the work on canvas, I mostly use acrylics, but also sometimes graphite and inks. These paintings are the "matter".