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Mysticism, Diptych 2 x 140x60 cm, Oil on canvas
Photo: Philippe Vernaeve
Mysticism

"Spirituality reconnects us humans with the essential, the infinite, the absolute, the eternal in ourselves. Without spirituality we feel unhappy and become destructive, to ourselves and to others. This reconnecting is done in two ways: in a cognitive way through philosophy and in a experiential way through mysticism. Both are needed: mysticism without metaphysics does not answer any questions, metaphysics without mysticism is unable to nourish life."
Mysticism and Anarchy, Diptych 140x90 cm, Oil on canvas (Detail)
Photo: Philippe Vernaeve
Anarchism

"My ideal world is an anarchism. This means that the physical and psychical urges of every individual get satisfied. The anarchist message is one of freedom, sympathy and tolerance. An harmonious integration of individual opinions and social thinking patterns. The opposite of chaos."
Valkyries, 70x90 cm, Oil on canvas
Photo: Philippe Vernaeve
The music of Richard Wagner

"The story of the stolen Rhine gold. Richard Wagner’s Ring of the Niebelungs with its gods, myths, love-affairs, libido, feelings of guilt and eventually self-destruction (Twilight of the Gods). It is the fatum, destiny, fate."
Mithra - the sacrifice, 123x180 cm, Oil on canvas
Photo: Philippe Vernaeve
Pre-Christian civilisations

  • I do a lot of research into pre-Christian civilisations and it is a recurring theme in my paintings.

  • Particulary inspiring are the Roman Emperors: Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Nero, Titus, Marcus Aurelius, Commodus, …

  • And the Roman writers: Cicero, Lucretius, Ovid, Seneca, Lucan, ...

Passage to freedom, 140x85 cm, Oil on canvas
Contemporary philosophy

  • I study the thought of contemporary philosophers and writers: Emil Cioran, Mircea Eliade, André Comte Sponville, …

  • Uncommon observations are the most interesting. While reading Jean Cocteau's 'The Corrida of the 1st of May' I was struck by the similarities with the Mithra cult.
 
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