Little by little, I've reached the stage of using only a small number of forms and colors. It's not the first time that painting has been done with a very narrow range of colors. The frescoes of the tenth century are painted like this. For me, they are magnificent things.
My way is to seize an image the moment it has formed in my mind, to trap it as a bird and to pin it at once to canvas. Afterward I start to tame it, to master it. I bring it under control and I develop it.
For me an object is something living. This cigarette or this box of matches contains a secret life much more intense than that of certain human beings.
The works must be conceived with fire in the soul but executed with clinical coolness.
What I am seeking... is a motionless movement, something equivalent to what is called the eloquence of silence.
I think of my studio as a vegetable garden, where things follow their natural course. They grow, they ripen. You have to graft. You have to water.
If you have any notion of where you are going, you will never get anywhere.
I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.
A simple line painted with the brush can lead to freedom and happiness.
You can look at a picture for a week and never think of it again. You can also look at the picture for a second and think of it all your life.
Last Update: 27 November 2022
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