A recurring theme in some of my paintings from a while back (anno 2003) was the idea of a couple—two people who were in some sort of relationship. How was I to imagine such a relationship on paper or canvas? How was I to show that energy, good or bad, in a visual way without being too explicit?

The challenge intrigued me, leading me to explore the subtleties of body language and facial expressions. I delved into the nuances of gesture and pose, seeking to capture the unspoken communication between two individuals. Each stroke of the brush became a means of articulating the emotions that danced between them—moments of connection, tension, and everything in between.

The themes of love, conflict, and intimacy resonated across different cultures and time periods. I realized that by focusing on the universal elements of relationships, I could create art that spoke to a broad audience, inviting viewers to reflect on their own experiences and emotions.

In the end, this exploration into the representation of relationships in art not only expanded my creative horizons but also deepened my appreciation for the diverse ways in which emotions can be conveyed visually.

“The Couple”
Oil on Canvas
(50-70cm)
2003

“The Couple”
Oil on Canvas
(100-75cm)
2004

“The Couple 1”
Acrylic, watercolor, marker, on charcoal figure drawing
2004

“The Couple 2”
Acrylic, watercolor, marker, on charcoal figure drawing
2004

“The Couple 3”
Acrylic, watercolor, marker, on charcoal figure drawing
2004

“The Couple 4”
Acrylic, watercolor, marker, on Chinese ink figure drawing
2005


Related work

Theme I: Pearl Divers

Theme II: Presences – 2007

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