I have experimented with lots of colours and intuitively, I limited myself to shades of maximal two colours in one painting. In my last paintings I even only used nuances of one colour. This reduction arises from my desire to recognize the essentials, to clear out all the buzz until the core of a thing […]
It is often said that grey is not a colour, but a statement, if you want to hide or remain invisible (the grey mouse). Sometimes, instead of positioning oneself for one side or another, we are looking for a way in the middle between two opposites, between white and black. But grey can also be […]
I am always experimenting with different natural materials, such as lime, marble powder, fine sand, ash, to create depth and structure. The challenge lies in bonding these materials and adhere them to a flexible canvas. Sometimes, they just crumble away after drying. Using a mix of pure lime with marble powder, which is used for […]
For some people, behind each number stands a colour, some connect feelings, music, text or even rooms with colours. This is called synesthesia and it means the mixing of sensations.
The colours are different for each person, but always the same per person.
During my further professional education as a transactional analyst, I’ve noticed that I often describe feelings in colours.
For Hagen each number has one colour, some numbers / colours he likes, some not. Some colours he can exactly describe, for others he has just a diffuse notion of a certain green or blue.
I asked him about the colours for 0-9 and checked his assignments at longer intervals: it was always the same. I got the idea to paint these numbers. So far so good.
It was not easy to create the exact colours he has in his mind.
I was trying for a fairly long time to mix his green, blue and red-blacks until the colours matched with his imaginations. Challenging was also that I produced the paint by myself, trying old techniques to produce paint. In this case I mixed pigments, water and eggs! Our egg consumption was enormous
Currently, I am still working on number 1, 3 and 5, all pictures will be ready to the vernissage next Friday.