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“Let yourself be silently drawn 

by the strange pull of what you really love.

It will not lead you astray.” 

- Rumi

I have been painting all my life and, yet like most artists I know, my path to a professional art career was not a straight line. Not many people know that before fully dedicating myself to painting I spent 10 years working in the interior design industry. This environment has undoubtedly shaped me. Surrounded by the crème de la crème of contemporary design and world-leading architects, I was soaking it all in. A subconscious sensibility to textures and colours, a focus on materiality, a certain structure and a play of lines and volumes that translated onto canvas. My love for beautifully designed spaces became a very direct and endless source of inspiration that I keep returning to. 
eclectic interior with screen and velvet sofa and a painting detail inspired by it

The INTERIOR OF THE MIND series is a body of work that is a potent mix of my love of psychology, interior design and gestural expressionist mark-making. 
All paintings in the series start as figurative works referencing an interior that has personal significance or the one I admire. There is more to the story of course. With each new layer, like time chipping away at the memories, the details start disappearing. There is an architectural structure - a base of geometric shapes on top of which lies a different realm of the subconscious. The still life in the paintings is distorted to unveil something more dream-like.
The paintings leave space for your imagination to join the dots, go inward and find the stories that make sense to you. 

"The best rooms have something to say

about the people who live in them."

- David Hicks

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