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ON THE NECESSITY OF STUDIES TO NATURE IN ART.
It is fantastic to grasp the specificity of a site, an environment, to transform it, to archive it with all its special oddities in colour and shape, expression, atmosphere, flora, habits, just like human behaviour and clothing. Nature and Man, as he exists and changes. Grasping what is different in the world there, and what typifies it. As I lived in the Caribbean for a long time, I search for water, sea, sand and refined colours. I write down what occurs...
ON THE NECESSITY OF STUDIES TO NATURE IN ART.
It is fantastic to grasp the specificity of a site, an environment, to transform it, to archive it with all its special oddities in colour and shape, expression, atmosphere, flora, habits, just like human behaviour and clothing. Nature and Man, as he exists and changes. Grasping what is different in the world there, and what typifies it. As I lived in the Caribbean for a long time, I search for water, sea, sand and refined colours. I write down what occurs to the eye, often unconsciously. But afterwards, that world settles down and articulates itself.
Tunisië is soft, with contrasts in blue and yellow. The technique, too, creates its own oddities because of the heat. The water colours dry in spots on your hands. That creates a totally unique character of airiness and transparency which you cannot do in northern Europe. You need 40°C for it. The palette is poetic like the sound of a soft instrument. Nothing becomes heavy. A palm tree is a waving hand. The people in the water perform Indian tableaux. You see the relationships. Families are mostly sitting together and you seldom see women alone. They look like colourful flowers, in their veils and long clothes. Their oddities are not interchangeable. Their morning ritual for the rising sun against a yellow or glassy sea is unique, a uniquely Islamic way of doing things. Their ships have typical sails leaning to the right and look pointy: you can recognise an North-African from afar. For my coloured drawings in oil pastel I used accents. Nature and everything you see in them creates Persian-Arabic shapes of accents, abstracts, as it is incorporated in their architecture. Strange consequences I can barely explain. Maybe the flickering of sun and sea?
Bretagne. Here, my watercolours have a totally different character. They are flashing sketches in black, red or pencil, washed with colour afterwards. Life is clearly Occidental. Self-assured people with dog. Their posture is short-lived like life here. They are mostly holidaymakers. Their stay at the seaside is not part of their daily life, but a sought-for, short-lived spot of enjoyment. They are always busy, with a bike, camera, sunbathing or scouring the island for something: stones, shellfish or seaweed: a different world, not in any way comparable with the Arabic one.
De Ster.: My environment close by, an interesting site, the place of relaxation of a normal Belgian who is now, in this time of globalisation, mainly of foreign origin, Arabic, Turkish, Jewish, Western, Indian, Black. My technique is closed, slow, sometimes fragmentary. People do not stand still. The Middle East in Belgium.
Contact with reality, life in its own specific aspects, is an important foundation of my work. How do you want to create consciously off the top of your head? To do that, you have to charge your battery with colour, shape, movement and composition. The contents then automatically flow from the information that was gathered earlier. It forces itself upon you. Copious, continual daily observation leaves a vision. It can be compared with a scientist’s research. You can draw conclusions from it. In this way, repeated studies are a necessity for creation. Even techniques force themselves Into the foreground in different environments in different ways, like clothes for a different climate. Following this, I consciously test out different possibilities technically for this too: the English and French ways of working, and I even discover how the ancient Greeks used the red lines on their vases, already in 400 BC, afterwards washed with colour. Excavation in Kabul (the age of Alexander the Great) brought these to the surface. So, there is nothing new under the sun. People stay within their spectrum.

20x30 cm ©2013 by Gabriella Cleuren
©2013 Gabriella Cleuren
Dunes 02 - Painting, 20x30 cm ©2013 by Gabriella Cleuren - Contemporary painting, Paper, Nature, dunes, road
18x14 cm ©2012 by Gabriella Cleuren
©2012 Gabriella Cleuren
Sablou 20 - Painting, 18x14 cm ©2012 by Gabriella Cleuren - Contemporary painting, Paper, Wall, tower, small, building, yellow
27x36 cm ©2013 by Gabriella Cleuren
©2013 Gabriella Cleuren
Humans and nature 01 - Painting, 27x36 cm ©2013 by Gabriella Cleuren - Contemporary painting, Paper, Beach, sand, persons

Humans and nature 01

Painting

$421.18

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15x21 cm ©2016 by Gabriella Cleuren
©2016 Gabriella Cleuren
Ditch - Drawing, 15x21 cm ©2016 by Gabriella Cleuren - Contemporary painting, Paper, Garden, ditch, black, deep
21x15 cm ©2015 by Gabriella Cleuren
©2015 Gabriella Cleuren
Animal worlds - Drawing, 21x15 cm ©2015 by Gabriella Cleuren - Contemporary painting, Paper, Animals, chicken, rooster, hens
21x15 cm ©2016 by Gabriella Cleuren
©2016 Gabriella Cleuren
Cloud spirit - Drawing, 21x15 cm ©2016 by Gabriella Cleuren - Contemporary painting, Paper, Nature, cliuds, blue, wind, spirits
36x27 cm ©2012 by Gabriella Cleuren
©2012 Gabriella Cleuren
Fanlac - Painting, 36x27 cm ©2012 by Gabriella Cleuren - Contemporary painting, Paper, Landscape, village, hill, colors
42x29 cm ©2012 by Gabriella Cleuren
©2012 Gabriella Cleuren
Dolce far niente - Painting, 42x29 cm ©2012 by Gabriella Cleuren - Contemporary painting, Paper, Beach, sitting, resting, sand, beach
21x15 cm ©2016 by Gabriella Cleuren
©2016 Gabriella Cleuren
Fragment of the wood 02 - Painting, 21x15 cm ©2016 by Gabriella Cleuren - Contemporary painting, Paper, Landscape, wood, fragment, colors

Fragment of the wood 02

Painting

$315.09

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21x15 cm ©2016 by Gabriella Cleuren
©2016 Gabriella Cleuren
Fragments of the woods 09 - Drawing, 21x15 cm ©2016 by Gabriella Cleuren - Contemporary painting, Paper, Botanic, trees, green

Fragments of the woods 09

Drawing

$315.09

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21x15 cm ©2016 by Gabriella Cleuren
©2016 Gabriella Cleuren
Field sculpture - Drawing, 21x15 cm ©2016 by Gabriella Cleuren - Contemporary painting, Paper, Nature, sculpture, trees
27x36 cm ©2008 by Gabriella Cleuren
©2008 Gabriella Cleuren
Allowed to sit on a horse 01 - Drawing, 27x36 cm ©2008 by Gabriella Cleuren - Contemporary painting, Paper, Animals, Children, horse, child

Allowed to sit on a horse 01

Drawing

$421.18

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36x27 cm ©2012 by Gabriella Cleuren
©2012 Gabriella Cleuren
Sablou 01 - Painting, 36x27 cm ©2012 by Gabriella Cleuren - Contemporary painting, Paper, Architecture, building, yellow, windows
42x37 cm ©1987 by Gabriella Cleuren
©1987 Gabriella Cleuren
Plozevet 02 - Painting, 42x37 cm ©1987 by Gabriella Cleuren - Contemporary painting, Paper, Nature, sea, hill
36x27 cm ©2015 by Gabriella Cleuren
©2015 Gabriella Cleuren
Their green house - Painting, 36x27 cm ©2015 by Gabriella Cleuren - Contemporary painting, Paper, Cows, green, house, resting
©2016 by Gabriella Cleuren
©2016 Gabriella Cleuren
Blossom in the woods - Drawing ©2016 by Gabriella Cleuren - Contemporary painting, Paper, Botanic, blossoms, woods, colors

Blossom in the woods

Drawing

$315.09

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15x10 cm ©2015 by Gabriella Cleuren
©2015 Gabriella Cleuren
Caged - Drawing, 15x10 cm ©2015 by Gabriella Cleuren - Contemporary painting, Paper, Animals, chicken, cage, blue
21x15 cm ©2016 by Gabriella Cleuren
©2016 Gabriella Cleuren
Winter evening - Drawing, 21x15 cm ©2016 by Gabriella Cleuren - Contemporary painting, Paper, Nature, trees, moon, without leaves
27x36 cm ©2017 by Gabriella Cleuren
©2017 Gabriella Cleuren
Sablou 04 - Painting, 27x36 cm ©2017 by Gabriella Cleuren - Contemporary painting, Paper, Architecture, church, yellow, persons
30x20 cm ©2015 by Gabriella Cleuren
©2015 Gabriella Cleuren
Abused mother - Painting, 30x20 cm ©2015 by Gabriella Cleuren - Contemporary painting, Paper, Animals, horse, brown, used
15x21 cm ©2016 by Gabriella Cleuren
©2016 Gabriella Cleuren
Fragments of the wood 08 - Painting, 15x21 cm ©2016 by Gabriella Cleuren - Contemporary painting, Paper, Tree, tree, leaves, green

Fragments of the wood 08

Painting

$315.09

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15x21 cm ©2016 by Gabriella Cleuren
©2016 Gabriella Cleuren
Window view 03 - Drawing, 15x21 cm ©2016 by Gabriella Cleuren - Contemporary painting, Paper, Nature, trees, colours, woods
21x15 cm ©2014 by Gabriella Cleuren
©2014 Gabriella Cleuren
Flower garden - Drawing, 21x15 cm ©2014 by Gabriella Cleuren - Contemporary painting, Paper, Garden, Nature, flower, garden, leaves
21x15 cm ©2016 by Gabriella Cleuren
©2016 Gabriella Cleuren
At the water - Drawing, 21x15 cm ©2016 by Gabriella Cleuren - Contemporary painting, Paper, Nature, trees, woods, colors

Other galleries by Gabriella Cleuren (Selection)

Objects a world of statues 3 Images

30x42x29 cm ©2015 by Gabriella Cleuren
Contradiction - Mixed Media, 30x42x29 cm ©2015 by Gabriella Cleuren - Contemporary painting, Metal, Paper, Technology, brown, grey, lead
30x30 cm ©2015 by Gabriella Cleuren
Evocation - Mixed Media, 30x30 cm ©2015 by Gabriella Cleuren - Contemporary painting, Metal, Paper, Colors, white, red, yellow
18x18x10 cm ©2015 by Gabriella Cleuren
Women variations - Mixed Media, 18x18x10 cm ©2015 by Gabriella Cleuren - Contemporary painting, Stone, Wood, Women, red, stone, painted

Filled emptiness unique worlds 12 Images

42x29 cm ©2014 by Gabriella Cleuren
Heaven on earth - Painting, 42x29 cm ©2014 by Gabriella Cleuren - Contemporary painting, Paper, Garden, ted, yellow, blue
42x29 cm ©2014 by Gabriella Cleuren
Window view 01 - Painting, 42x29 cm ©2014 by Gabriella Cleuren - Contemporary painting, Paper, Landscape, barn, green, animals
29x42 cm ©2014 by Gabriella Cleuren
Joy of the woods - Painting, 29x42 cm ©2014 by Gabriella Cleuren - Contemporary painting, Paper, Landscape, tree, women, green
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