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The Templar, 89x55 cm, Oil on canvas
Photo: Philippe Vernaeve
'Mysticism and Anarchy’ mixes blood and fire

The story of the stolen Rhine gold. Richard Wagner’s ring of the Nibelungs with its gods, myths, love-affairs, libido, feelings of guilt and eventually self-destruction (Twilight of the Gods). It is the fatum, destiny, fate.

Clem Peltier’s ideal world is an anarchy. This means that the physical and psychical urges of every individual get satisfied. The anarchist message is one of freedom, sympathy and tolerance.

What do Jacob van Maerlant (13th century) and Pierre Joseph Proudhon (19th century) have in common? An utopian vision of the world: a world without aggressivity, one of altruism, free thinking, a free but harmonious order. The balanced integration of individual opinions and social thinking patterns. The opposite of chaos.

Clem Peltier’s art work happens in ataraxia, the way an anarchist thinks, free of fear, in levitation towards ‘the beautiful’. His dreams and inspiration are vectors for his art work. The texts of mystics and anarchists are its starting point, its driving force.

It is a wink to the narrative of the Flemish masters. Painters - Jeroen Bosch, Pieter Breughel, Adriaan Brouwer, as well as writers - Gerard Walschap, Felix Timmermans, Albert Schrever, and finally the music of Richard Wagner. The result is a storyboard, one of synthetic stories and intimate feelings.

http://www.erfgoedcelbrussel.be, September 2008
Valkyries, 70x90 cm, Oil on canvas
Photo: Philippe Vernaeve
There is something not to miss about the personality of Clem Peltier. Born in Auderghem (Brussels suburbs) in 1942, he just came among us in the most terrible year of World War II. At that time everything was dark and there was no hope at all. First time he exhibited in 1969 at Sint-Pieters-Leeuw and from that right moment he was seen and along the years still remains a painter of the light. He is a true worshipper of the sun but also of horses; both are running together around the world since olden times. He likes soft shades with a kind of light coming from inside the material and never mind if he sometimes put some hard or strong colours besides them. On paper or canvas or panel, with oil or tempera, characters come out half visible scenery to tell a tale full of tenderness. At the same time, in the background, a troup of horsemen is passing by in a terrible rush. Some lines in the paintings suggest cities, their towers and walls or boats and vessels telling us about long sea travels to some countries that do not exist. These countries have no borders and no time continuation. Clem Peltier is sometimes in the limit of a no-colour painting but a detail is there to tell you about a pair, a woman. And love. He works on the delicate line between figurative and non-figurative art and tells the story of man, his gods, his dreams and his doubts.

Anita Nardon, Art Partners, 2004
The winged sun, 116x89 cm, Oil on canvas
Photo: Philippe Vernaeve
Clem Peltier is a true priest of the religion of the sun and imposes his white light since 1970. His compositions are a hymn to the master of the stars. With oil paint or tempera, he suggest cities, landscapes, men and horses or polo players. He never gives the image but just the mainline of each subject.

Anita Nardon, Art Partners, 2002
 
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