In a period of abundance of images and colors, the Tch’an (China) or sumi-e (Japan) art whispers a quiet silence and proposes at the same time a silent drawing of beaty.
“The purity of the silence” is far away from any excitement or unnecessary fuss, the just evocation of a breath, a motionless rustle of trees, the deaf and majestic power of high mountains.
In the sober art of the black and white, my paintings “speak to us” about discretion and does not seek to impose but only suggest. A discretion that reaches out to our inner silence.
This “art of the simple” is performed with black ink without any retouching, done quickly after a time of meditation. The thousand-year-old rules remained the same until this day : sobriety, liveliness, rhythm of the line, representation of life until it quivers in everything.
Through my paintings I seek to highlight the essence, the soul of things rather than the detail. I revisit in my own way one of the oldest and purest style of ink painting which leaves an important place for suggestion and empty spaces.
For more than 35 years, I have been faithful to this style of painting and keep on perfecting my art during regular journeys in China and Japan.
In may 2013, I was the first western painter of tch'an art to have his works exhibited at the very famous national gallery Rong Bao Zhai of Beijing, founded in 1672.
I have exhibited for the second time in China, at the Hanhouse Museum of the Hangzhou Academy of Fine Arts in june 2014. I was the first western painter to exhibit in this very famous Museum.
My paintings were highly appreciated by numerous Chinese painters, teachers and students of the Academy.