"Back to the Roots" is an exhibition that brings the painter back to his origins. From where he once left to broaden his vision of the world, he returned to show his "golden fleece" in the form of a series of drawings and paintings.
After 35 years of random encounters with countless phenomena, the former pupil tries to transmit his mental reflections to a generation whose challenge is to safeguard the heritage of a drifting society in total ethical distress.
The exposed landscapes relate their relative existence and the aesthetics of a benevolent thought.
No married couple has lasted as long as our most faithful "mountainous" couple, the "Lëtscheft" and the "Zolverknapp". The two hills, as inseparable as my polyptych, show us how to live in harmony through the centuries without ever beating each other.
That's why I chose as theme the two topological phenomena most inseparable from the region and can be seen from far already when coming from Luxembourg City to Belvaux.
But where did the painter go to poke his nose? "In water, where one can see oneself without a mirror and where water lilies meditate on the ephemeral nature of their water-lily existence." (poetic thought breathed into the painter by the water lilies) A body of water shimmering the sky and showing the aquatic world, filled with water lilies. It is a carpet of flowers that has been built in relation with several physical elements (the ground where the roots are anchored, the water they cross and on which they float to bloom in the air in photosynthesis with the sun's fire).
Each meeting was impregnated by the feminine expressiveness of the models and the painter's pictorial vision. Capturing, preserving and expressing the energy of these moments in order to offer them to public contemplation - that's the challenge - that's the feat! The painter combines several painting techniques (oil and pastel), to reinvent pictorially in terms of shapes and colors the performance of the models. From this symbiotic work was born a bath of lights and forms perpetuated in the form of objets d'art.
Three friends, Fernand Bertemes, Petra Werlé and Patrick Sadler, painters and sculptors, met to exhibit their works together. The exhibition, organized by A.s.b.l. "Frënn vun den Caper Piwitschen" under the patronage of the Commune of Mamer took place from 25 November to 17 December 2011 at the "Galerie op der Kap", 70, route d'Arlon in Capellen (in front of the church). The profits from the sale were entirely dedicated to generous charitable projects.
The project figuration/non-figuration proposes to compare in a single exhibition the two worlds of painting to allow to observe the elements that oppose them and those that connect them. It enables us to observe the passages from one world to another and challenges the knowledge of the notion of figure and non-figure, representation and visual abstraction by the pictorial medium.