ROSSOCINABRO | paintings | Bernard Pineau | France

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 Bernard Pineau [ see other similar works ]

         Saint Georges de Didonne, France


H065 Froideur

oil on canvas

54x73 cm (60x79 cm with frame)

H078 Trouver son Maître

oil on canvas

54x73 cm (60x79 cm with frame)




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I was born a Catholic Christian in 1951 in France, in a small medium-sized town: Royan, located by the sea, at the mouth of the Gironde, 120 km above Bordeaux. Luckily, apart from baptism, my parents didn't impose anything on me, I grew up in complete freedom.

My second chance is the beauty and diversity of the landscapes of this region. Large beaches but also coves, large forests but also cliffs and rocks. As far as my memory allows, I remember a strong spiritual appetite which only grew afterwards. Consequently I devoured many readings centered on spirituality, wisdom, religions but also painting.

My two passions, spirituality and painting, were born and would accompany me throughout my life. At the same time, I graduated from engineering school. I have held various management positions in IT, sales, management and finance. Between 2000 and 2011, I made several pilgrimages to India and stayed in several ashrams. I came back imbued with the sublime energies of the temples.

 My workshop is located in a village on the right bank of the Gironde estuary. My paintings are numbered chronologically to remind us that they constitute a journey and a sibling. Each painting is a journey or a thought, it is named and commented on. I know that each painting is the repository of beneficial energy



As in everything, (and Indian philosophy illustrates this particularly well), there are multiple aspects in my approach. Talking about your artistic approach when you are a painter is a challenge. Indeed, if we paint it is precisely because we do not know how to say in words what we need to express. Probably because the painting expresses multiple, interlocking, even mysterious elements. Painting offers everyone the possibility of multiple interpretations. A Taoist sage would say this is a mirror effect. Painting is a noble and meditative art. In our age of zapping and video, it goes against the grain. Yet it is essential to beautify our lives and nourish our souls. To begin with, what I'm trying to express is a sense of the sacred that is simple, intimate, accessible, personal. Not a sacred monumental or imposing as in previous eras, where religions commanded artists who became artisans. A sacred human, present in all of us, or perhaps in most of us only. This sacred which is one of the expressions of our consciousness. (This consciousness wrongly called subconscious in psychoanalysis). This sacred that lodges in us, in its interior house, its temple. This sacredness which brings us to respect for the living world and even to an immoderate love for the living (one of the bases of Buddhism). A sacred accessible therefore, which questions itself, which is in constant search of truth, of fragments of truth. What feeds our wisdom.

We could therefore call it a human sacred art or an accessible sacred art. This innate feeling of a sacred nature led me to explore different belief systems: • Alchemy, • Ayurveda, • Taoism • Buddhism • shamanism • the Kabalah • Shintoism

So I could define myself as a curious and tolerant Christian artist. We are very lucky in our time because the world has become a village and knowledge is even more accessible. Everyone can therefore see and verify that this sacred is expressed in all religions (and also outside religions), in the form of wisdom, devotion and altruistic service. This sacredness concerns our humanity and not (or little) our beliefs. This sacred human art teaches us pretty quickly that we are like Russian dolls. We are made up of several envelopes inhabited and animated by our consciousness. Second, my artistic approach consists in letting my consciousness express itself as much as possible by limiting the manifestations of my mind as much as possible.

So most of my paintings are made without preparatory work and without models. A bit like abstract art. However, my consciousness is expressed beforehand in a meditation session. My conscience demands meaning and a certain realism which may seem naive or simplistic. In fact, consciousness always expresses itself in symbolic multi-meaning language. Each painting is created and experienced like a dream, a journey. Done in a few hours, the hardest part is knowing how to stop. We must know how to accept our imperfections. Then I observe the new painting for a long time, for hours, days, sometimes weeks. Until he talks to me, tells me what my conscience wanted to express. Then, and only then, I write a short text of commentaries and above all I name it, I baptize it. To name is to create. (In the beginning was the verb.) Given this approach, which can be summed up by: meditating, painting, observing, it seemed necessary to me never to modify a painting. This turned out to be very presumptuous. In 2019, I developed my technique by using the power of the line with markers. So now it's about oil paints and markers. Third, from the start of my painting adventure, my conscience wanted it to be also (and above all?) A spiritual journey. A spiritual and artistic journey, I had to keep track of the sequence, the succession of paintings, because everything makes sense. How would that evolve? Where will this path take me? I always have a quote from the Buddha "The goal is unspeakable, only the path is visible". This necessary memory led me to number the tables chronologically. So they constitute a sibling because at the level of my consciousness they are alive. My first painting is called "H001 Depth", it evokes this plunge into depths and the relationship between consciousness and memory.

Finally, fourth, it is an approach that I would describe as an alchemist or a Taoist. These two cosmologies have in common that everything is related and everything makes sense. They also affirm the importance of the elements. It is a synthetic view of consciousness unlike the mind which is mostly analytical. Our consciousness brings together and unites, our mind separates and divides. My approach is alchemist because any modification

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