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2012

Brushes from God

Brushes from God

Paul with brush

Paul with brush

Another Man God

Another Man God

That big white canvass, in that big white mind

Another man-god. Photo by Clemens Vermeulen

 

What is an artist? Or what am I then, as I am an artist? What would I be, if I were not an artist? Don't know and don't want to know.

Most people could think: 'Who cares'. Rightly so, maybe. But I do, and wonder at times.

 

My reply if I feel cheeky and slightly in a protective/defensive mood, is that Man hasn't built museums for dentists, accountants or cooks but performers, be it artists with brushes or artists with violins and even artists in a circus.

And to each his own. Let 'them', the others, organise the highways and electricity grids, let me rub a brush against a bit of canvas.

Paul with brush, smoking

Historically it is a dangerous question and at times very threatening to ask about culture or to paint what you wanted to paint.

Adolph Hitler, Stalin, Mao and a few other 'great' men were very pertinent about what one could or could not do!

When left to these dictatorial systems we inherited some amazing shit.

During the 3rd Reich all those pretty blond men and women shit. Or big muscular workers shit. Whatever, it never really worked.

Purple hand with cigarette

Purple hand with cigarette

Smoking silver baby in hand

Smoking silver baby in hand

The three smoking crosses of Calvary

The three smoking crosses of Calvary

Smoking foot mask

Smoking foot mask

Mickey told them not to smoke...

Mickey told them not to smoke...

Smoking mask with four lighters

Smoking mask with four lighters
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