Monday, 23 October 2017
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Art by Thomas FlorentFrench Expressionist Artist Thomas FLorent is currently exhibiting some of his pieces at the Boa Vista Resort Lagos. Here here gives us an insight into hi thoughts and inspirations when creating is beautiful works of art.

“Khajuraho, Inde I” - 150 x 90 cm. Oil on canvas.“Khajuraho, Inde I” - 150 x 90 cm. Oil on canvas.

This painting is a depiction of a sacred sculpture in an ancient Temple in India, also known as the Temple of Love. It is a symbol of wisdom and prosperity in ancient times of India. Yogis used to meditate in this temple to decode the energy of sex, because it is the vital force of creation, the driving force of the existence and the foundation of our very own existence. These yogis had found ways to transcend the planes of body, mind and soul through the door of love. The scriptures of Kamasutra represent the insights of ancient India’s highly developed approach to love-making.

This temple monument of sacred sculptures is situated in Central India, in a once deserted location of Khajuraho. The site is now protected under UNESCO world heritage. It is one of the most visited tourist places, similar to Tajmahal.

There are many ancient temples in Khajuraho, thus it is called a city of temples. There were 85 magnificent temples, but from 1022 AD onwards, the Muslim invaders started rampant destruction of the temples throughout India. Many Khajuraho temples were also desecrated and reduced to the ruins. However, due to the remoteness of Khajuraho’s location (isolated amidst a wilderness of jungle), many temples partly survived the continued destruction by various Muslim rulers. Over the centuries vegetation and forests covered the temples and its surrounding area disappeared into oblivion.

In 1830s, local Hindus guided a British surveyor, T.S. Burt, to the temples of Khajuraho and they were rediscovered to the world. Alexander Cunningham later reported, few years after the rediscovery, that the temples were secretly in use by yogis and pilgrims would visit on the day of Shivaratri. In 1852, Maisey prepared the earliest drawings of the Khajuraho temples. This is one of the most important archeological sites and many temples are yet to be unearthed there.

In my painting, the curvy figures bring over sensuality and the facial expressions transmit feelings of calmness and pleasure. I displayed the three dimensions of the sculpture with an interplay of strong shadows and lights. The glazing around the figures, in the background shows shades of yellow, red and burnt umber adding a warm and antique feeling to the scene, a gilded charm, thus representing the golden past of ancient India.

It shows the wise people of the past looked at the body and its natural expressions with a scientific approach and open mind, thus the nude couple in the act of copulation in this depiction appears very natural and a part of an organic whole. Such reminder belongs to the center of our life, so man becomes down-to-earth and feels free.

At present, this artwork is on display at the exhibition in the Gallery of Boa Vista Golf Resort, Lagos. You can meet the artist from 6 to 8 PM on Sundays until mid-October and enjoy all the artworks in exhibition. If you like a personal complimentary guided tour with the artist, please contact at: info@thomasflorent.com or 00 351 920 150 104. www.thomasflorent.com

“Influences et confrontations” - 150 x 90cm. Oil on canvas.

“Influences et confrontations” - 150 x 90cm. Oil on canvas.I painted the first sketch of this composition right after the terrorist attack on the Bataclan in Paris. But the final sketch and the final painting I finished only now, after about two years. The composition is very complex and shows a juxtaposition of shapes. Two dark figures facing each other at left and right, people and life around are in panic, with a strong flow of emotions (blue brush strokes on the left).

Placed in the center is a white figure, man and woman at the same time (long hair, shaped hips, no breast) representing the population of Paris. Out of the figure are growing two flowers. This painting has negative and also positive elements: The choice of white and black has significance. Despite the tension: the flowers are symbolic for life continuing to grow. The swan in an abstract shape is a symbol of peace, love - but also of emotions and creation.

Many shades in this painting are interconnected, for instance the swan and the bow. The horned figure speaks to the archer and influences him into action. The archer comes in, with his arrow touching the skin. Currents of influential waves move from right to left.

The body of the archer is diagonal and the tension is immense. The Composition is very strong and goes to the outside like an explosion of colors and shades.

Behind, on another layer, we can distinguish a condor and two snakes (one black, one white) facing each other in their abstract form reminding of the Inca culture. The Condor symbolizes the spiritual plane and the snakes the underworld. In the Inca culture, it is said that the snakes go to the underworld, drop their skin and are reborn. The condor stands for me for many new inspirations after the Paris event. The condor is stretching his wings wide to fly high, far above the ground - a beautiful and majestic bird, one of the biggest in the world.

The Inca were a very rich civilization. Modern history says they practiced sacrifices, but if it is true or not, only their own souls will know! Searching on the canvas, you can also notice many elements of confrontation: the horns of the figure, the two facing snakes and on the right side, behind the figure, another horn.

The bottom line is: despite the harsh reality of life, the course of the nature doesn't stop. The flowers bloom, birds take the flight towards new skies and life continues towards new creation and light... this feeling in this painting is nourishing. It dispenses hope, strength and peace.

At present, this artwork is on display at the exhibition in the Gallery of Boa Vista Golf Resort, Lagos. You can meet the artist from 6 to 8 PM on Sundays until mid-October and enjoy all the artworks in exhibition. If you like a personal complimentary guided tour with the artist, please contact at: info@thomasflorent.com or 00 351 920 150 104.
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