THE MANIFESTO

« Our world is fascinating.

I am a child of every moment – cheeks slapped or stroked, eyes wide open and imbued with scenes of wreckage or with excitement… And always the same crazy, unaccountable desire to live and to survive, to explore and lose myself in life’s mysteries.

This life is a constant source of inspiration that enriches my path through the pictorial world…

Intertwined, and running parallel to each other: a sense of CHAOS, of the destitution of man as a being inherently limited, humbled in his endeavours to achieve understanding, overwhelmed and powerless in the midst of the great whirlwind of movement…

And then, from time to time, the artist makes his escape, starts to dream and to reorganize his imaginary world in an attempt to recapture a lost state of happiness. Some would call him insane, and yet – « happy are those who are cracked, for they will let the light shine through ».

A remedy for survival in an incomprehensibly brutal world…

But man does not see reality. He is incapable of seeing it. He moves away from it and is lost. Ignorant and contemptuous of the laws of life, he walks blindly towards his own Apocalypse!

Can humanity leave it at that?

The sky my inspiration, my answer, and every human being, every living cell on earth must find its own so that together, we may rebuild the edifice. I am deeply convinced that spirituality constitutes its foundation.

My artistic approach belongs to a humanistic framework that is neither dogmatic nor doctrinal. It is utterly contemporary; such is the extent to which I believe that it is through the freedom of every individual’s values that a legitimate sense of community will be discovered.

The Heavens and the Earth that I paint are devoid of any trace of human activity. They are the theatre of our lives and give us everything that we are.

In return, we must show them respect and adapt to their Physical and Spiritual laws, whose mutual connections are as close as those between the cells we are made of.

Part of the privilege of artists and thinkers is to connect with the unknown, to perceive a vision of a probable or improbable future that comes into being from the moment it is imagined and that we so desperately require…

The mathematical formula of knowledge belongs to the field of science, but the extrapolation of the phenomena derived from it belongs to creators.

Their role in society is essential in these times of CHAOS.

Such is the meaning of my painting, and this ambition supports its existence. »

[EXTRAITS DES PENSEES.]

Excerpts from Blaise Pascal – Pensées – below the introductory text.

« Written over 3 centuries ago, this strangely contemporary text could have been the preface of a work by Stephen Hawking. »

The time of CHAOS

The system of values on which our society has built itself over the course of two centuries is swaying. It is devastated by the rise of individualism, the breakdown of the family model, frantic globalization, the looting of natural resources and the planned destruction of nature. Anxiety and incomprehension in the face of scientific progress and the complexity of ethical problems, the distrust of society and its leaders, spread cracks in our « affectio societatis. »

Our society is at the crossroads where its fate will be decided. Human conscience is adrift; humanity is confronted with a sense of generalized distrust and would seem to be living through a period of CHAOS: a loss of moral values, an absence of bearings and of long-term vision, instability and the rapid change of the tools we use in daily life.

We no longer control anything, because everything is happening too fast, sociologically, intellectually and societally. CHAOS is both microscopic, in matter’s deepest core, and macroscopic, at the heart of space.

« In my paintings, I endeavour to produce an intuitive representation of CHAOS: a destructured universe in random motion. Around a well of light, various shapes and energies gravitate at different speeds. Nothing is fixed, there is nothing but a glowing patch of light, a universe of expanding energies…!

My painting expresses itself through an intuition that is not rationalised; it bears witness to a different dimension that is uncertain, probable… a singular feeling of powerlessness that links me to Pascal’s thoughts on human nature. »

« THE DREAM » 

« I search. I delve and rummage through the gallery of earthly things.

I don’t understand anything anymore, so what’s the point?

Peggy Lee sings: “Is that all there is?”… »

I hear that “among the aborigines, ‘the Dreamtime’ refers to the age that preceded the earth’s creation, a period when everything was spiritual and ethereal.

According to them, the dream still exists and may be reached for spiritual purposes. Through the Dreamtime, it is supposedly possible to communicate with the spirits and to decipher the meaning of life.

Some places have a “dream power” in which the sacred resides. Most aboriginal tribes believe that all life forms – plants, animals and human beings – belong to a vast and complex system of interactions whose origin goes back to the great spirits of the ancestors, in the age of the Dreamtime.

« My painting, at such times, expresses a way of fleeing this CHAOS and the consciously illusory search for a lost paradise, an enchanting DREAM.

One reinvents for oneself an idyllic, mental world, unhurried, intoxicating, slow and heavy, earthy and baroque, colourful, naïve and broad, soothing without even trying to be.

It solves nothing, however, and remains an artificial Eden, an individual mental drug… But what matters is that I am alive, happy to be so and to enjoy the use of my senses weathered by excess and moulded by insouciance and neurotic ecstasies!! »

GOD’S APOCALYPSE

OR THE SPIRITUAL APOCALYPSE!

« I wish to confront man with his failure, his inability to understand that there are spiritual solutions that he is forever destroying, whereas they could enable him to transcend himself, so as to live a life of happiness. »

Contemporary individualism distances us from humanism, from brotherly love, from sharing and from collective responsibility, and casts us out into a cold and disconcerting, dehumanized and directionless world.

« Our retirement homes are antechambers of death preceding the great scrap yard; our cemeteries become soulless waste disposal sites… what has our civilisation come to? »

Today, the spiritual values expressed in philosophy, religion and art are despised, forgetting the fact that every being is a living fragment of the primordial energy.

« My painting of Christ killed on the cross is a cry.

We have not understood Him; he looks down on us with an air of dying hope that is tenderly anxious, seeking in his last breath to find his balance on a silk thread… Man is a failing. The thread may snap at any moment… »

 

Where are the « PATHFINDERS » ?

« The perpetually moving skies teach us a life lesson. They are incessantly altering their shape, forever drawing towards perfection. A constant movement of shapes and colours imbued with lightness or heaviness, of thick, oily or ethereal textures and of icy or warm light, they symbolise life, the world’s continued existence… with or without humanity.

The sky elevates us; earth is our substance, from which we are made and that sustains us.

I believe that the vision of the 17th Century Dutch painters manifested a keener appreciation of the importance of the sky, which is, by nature, spiritual. Today, however, contemporary painters rarely represent the heavens. A new harmony is called for; meaning descends from above, reversing the conceptual relationship between Spirituality and Materialism. In order to create this new reality in which humanity will recover a harmonious sense of place, we must afford their proper place to the observers – artists, poets, writers, philosophers, theologians, sculptors, musicians, shamans… who are imbued with a spiritual perception of the world. »

 

Let us reinvent Humanity’s place in the Universe!

Let us reinvent society’s creative function by drawing on spirituality. Such is the existential challenge facing humanity in the 21st Century.

In CHAOS, Humanity should be capable of better reinventing itself.

For such is the paradox of matter. We must wrench ourselves away from CHAOS while never being able or willing to reject it. Humanity, in its essence, is also made of the primordial CHAOS.

This state of affairs must be dealt with as best it may.

Immanent CHAOS, intrinsic to human nature, in its very flesh!

But will Humanity prove capable of elevating itself, of rising up to the sky, to become assimilated, to suffer… et from there, to transform itself?

Should we not free ourselves from matter by reducing it to the essential?

« Today, there is a clear perception that the answer to Humanity’s true needs is rooted in Spirituality. We must now conform our actions to our beliefs. »

Is not our constant state of material need the manifestation of our inability to love, to know how to give and receive?

What we all experience, in the course of our daily lives, seems to be nothing but the reflection of a real need for love.

Coexistence of creations and the mysteries of parallel timeframes

« A cold perception of my paintings might lead one to think there were four or five different painters.

Such is not the case. These different styles are created simultaneously, in no specific chronological order, because they are the manifestation of a reality that exhibits possible, simultaneous universes, which become reality from the moment they are imagined.

The painter is a pathfinder, who sees what others do not or can no longer see, he perceives reality through a prism that is uniquely his.

According to quantum physics, it would seem that there are as many parallel worlds as there are successive moments… and the theory of multiple worlds described by Hugh Everett is one I find particularly attractive. »

Such worlds exist because the painter makes them visible to us.

The physical properties of matter at microscopic level, and especially the change of nature that affects the photon in the presence of an observational apparatus, influence our understanding of the universe. The observer’s gaze, and indeed possibly the artist’s eye, modifies the structure of the world. My paintings thus reveal a true facet of reality, an interpretation or a vision that comes to life out of the colours projected onto the canvas. Reality cannot exist without an observer.

The transposition of this property at macroscopic level implies the existence of an absolute observer beyond our universe – God? For would humanity otherwise exist?

We now understand that another reality exists, that which the “PATHFINDERS” experience and reveal; the eye of the painter, the ear of the musician, the hands of the sculptor, the brain of the philosopher, the voice of the shaman…

We must all work towards a new conception of man’s place in the universe.

Yet today, only economists and the political and financial elite are at work on humanity’s future…

Our fundamental sensory perceptions are expunged from our vision of the world, we cut ourselves off from nature.

It is the world of the “I” valued above the “Self”, the “I” being what I desire and the “Self” being my place in the universe in its ongoing process of creation.

Our ambient CHAOS is out of balance because the “Self” is diminished in favour of the “I”!!

« Individuality now appears to me to be nothing but an illusion. It creates an empty space between us, whereas we are all interconnected, synchronous, agitated atoms belonging to several spaces simultaneously; we are superimposed universes, simultaneously experiencing things that are different… in every sense of the word… with the supreme observer in the world of the beyond… »

There is no longer a universe, but a “multiverse” formed of interplanetary interconnections; time is no longer a journey; in the scale of values, it is concomitant to everything.

At the beginning, at the time of the Big Bang, we were united in a grain of creative energy, and we still are, both one and divisible.

 

Down to MATTER…

We carry several types of memory: that of bodies, of experiences, of the time of our birth, the memory we carry in our genes… Each of these memories changes and evolves; the act of looking itself changes everything!!

Descend into matter and all that we know disappears! Because it consists solely in relations that transform themselves as soon as we observe them. A scientific dilemma that connects science to faith!

The solid is not solid because the idea of solidity is a mental perception that belongs to a simple universe that is superseded from the very moment we reflect on it.

« I love this world of change, of wandering through an unknown that is both structuring and engaged in a process of perpetual deconstruction… it ceaselessly shapes and reshapes itself in the light of our visions, of our cumulative perceptions, which are immediate, and always perfectly synchronised.

It is stimulating to those who know how to interpret it and humbly place themselves…

Yes, I love this world! It is rich, it is changing, it is beautiful if one wishes it to be or ugly if one does not believe in it.

The “humility” of a mere nothing faced with the infinite, the excitement of Everything in its contrast with nothingness!

It is what we wish it to be, the choice is ours! »

AND TOMORROW AND ALWAYS… LIFE!

Happiness is within our sight, our grasp, our hearing and our understanding… It is available to all, and the combination of our visions will make it even more accessible.

The universe is but a shadow, that of an eye at a given time; the photon of creation is now present, divisible, and multifaceted. Our tunnel of reality is no more, every one must create their own, and thus contribute to the tangible reality, which, however, does not exist, for no sooner is it imagined than it changes.

Life is a great dream, a magnificent stage play, a beautiful painting, a moving piece of music, a touching sculpture… death no longer exists!

The world in which we live is not an absolute reality. Human beings, however, base their life on the existence of such an absolute, unchanging reality, which, according to the interpretation of current physics does not exist, if we are to consider objectively that we are mere transient energies of the universe.

Space and time are permanently interconnected and fuse with movement.

Thank Heavens.

Conclusion

Our human society would seem to be at the crossroads where its fate will be decided. It must wake up to the need to immerse itself in spirituality, and not to become closed in on itself through self-isolation and distrust. Failing which, it will consign itself to oblivion, while the universe itself will remain. It will pursue its destiny without Humanity.

“PATHFINDERS” can allow Humanity to glimpse the “real” possibilities that can enable it to open up and to advance along the path to happiness. These “PATHFINDERS” – artists, the spiritual – offer a different perspective on the universe.

« The works that I compose form part of this different vision of the universe. They provide a representation of genuine parallel worlds and adjacent universes, allowing Humanity to access a variety of realities of superior richness and creativity. This vision of our parallel universes is a measure of “self” that should enable us to gain a better understanding of ourselves as forming part of the “great whole”, of the world’s creative energy.

CHAOS is an integral part of the world, it is the primordial energy, the source of a perpetual rebirth of life through the recomposition of the atoms of CHAOS that constantly recreates new particles.

CHAOS smashes together the elements that make up the universe and gives birth to new configurations of the world…

Man loses himself in artificial paradises, he has ignored his conscience, he feels his suffering in the face of the mystery of CHAOS.

He must reinvent himself in this world so as to find a new place in the universe.

Painting offers a vision, by no means a solution. Everyone is capable of reinventing the world for themselves – and of reinventing the world full stop – using the means at their disposal.

My painting humbly opens a path towards a heightened awareness of humanity, in humanity’s service. It is my path and I am sharing it with you.

My paintings are there, and humanity cannot dismiss them as it dismisses its thoughts; these paintings give substance to reality, they are quantum because they create the reality that humanity is no longer able or no longer willing to see, and they are canticles in their elevation towards the Heavens. To every one their voice, to every one their path!!! »

As it did through the Renaissance movement of the 14th and 15th Centuries, humanity must ceaselessly and continually reinvent itself.

Who better than artists can anticipate progress, the likely course of change?

Company executive officers, financiers, economists and politicians are all competent specialists in thrall to the pressing demands of the current moment.

It is difficult for them to project themselves.

The visionary must detach himself from the world of the immediate and imagine a possible future that can become a source of inspiration.

The Renaissance in Italy, France and throughout the world is a shining example of recomposition assisted by artists, thinkers, philosophers, physicists…

A new society was created through the exchanges of thinkers following many different inspirations, who, faced with the expansion of the geographic world and with new patterns of intellectual, artistic, religious, philosophical and technological thought, were, together, able change the world.

The present day shows great similarities with the Renaissance period, since innovations were then experienced as a form of CHAOS. The new scientific truths that called conventional wisdom into question, the spiritual experiments, born of the denunciation of prior convictions as so many heresies, and, at the same time, the assimilation of new interpretations of other recently discovered civilisations, were experienced as a great upheaval, a sign of the world’s impending eschatological end.

At the same time, the world dreamed of by Rabelais in Pantagruel, a lost paradigm, coexisted with Villon’s Ballad of the Hanged! As does Houellebecq with the productions of Dreamworks…

Every day, issues require us to raise our awareness, adopt stances and take decisions that carry far-reaching consequences (the genome, nuclear power, nanotechnology, euthanasia…) and are resolved apart from the communal sphere by technicians whose vision is restricted to a single angle of life’s spectrum.

The artists of the Renaissance were involved and took part in the decisions concerning society. Da Vinci applied his thoughts to architecture in the service of François the 1st of France.  There was an openness, a consideration for the perspective of the artist, the painter and the philosopher.

At that time, politicians surrounded themselves with artists who were participants in their Council…

Today, they surround themselves with experts; but an expert is not a visionary, he is a technician, who is not required to develop a spiritual perception of the world… He responds to immediate problems, the living symbol of a world in thrall to the present-day and to short-term solutions.

« We must restore the artists, the thinkers, the visionaries, to their proper position. They must regain a decisive role in society so that they may perceive, and vouchsafe to us, the possible paths of a future under construction.

Humanity cries out this need. It is the one, the only project for society.

André Breton once said: “The fossil encompasses the full cycle of creation, destruction and rebirth. To me, fossils contain all of the mystery, the power and the indestructibility of life”.

To me, the same is true of Art, the openness of which offers, on both an individual and on a collective level, an immense wealth of interpretations, an inexhaustible fund of resources, powerful or weak, ephemeral or immanent.

Its fecundity springs from the fact that is between nothing and everything as in Pascal’s phrase; indestructible because it is nothing, immanent because, concomitantly, it is everything.

Indestructible because it is everything, immanent because, concomitantly, it is nothing.

Art is Humanity. THAT which sets it apart, THAT which inspires it to live better, more intelligently, in harmony with nature and with its senses.

Painting, in particular, is also a moment of great silence and meditation. Both for its creator and for the person who contemplates, interprets and assimilates it…

But what a silence! The silence of the soul, of contemplation and of elevation!

Sometimes too intellectual for our age, or too silent for the new generation, too “fossilized” for the scientific world, possibly too simple, one-dimensional and archaic a medium for contemporary creators, too complex for our “fast food society” to divine and to assimilate, it may well die an honourable death… for a time…

For I am certain that its return is imminent, such is the extent to which, like all the Arts, it remains indispensable to whoever knows how to look, listen, feel or touch… and thereby experience life’s emotion.

Art must reclaim its position in society and save us from the current crisis of confidence in society, from the modern, cynical distrust of our times!

A civilisation that has strayed into frantic materialism cannot endure in an essentially non-material universe, the spiritual destiny of which is tied to a cosmic awareness. »

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