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THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM (diptych)
Diptych 2021
150 (h) x 260 (w) x 2 cm
59,1 (h) x 102,36 (w) x 0,78 in
acrylic and oil on canvas

LARGE STATEMENT PIECE
LARGE-SCALED DIPTYCH

This monochrome diptych combines the following works and should be „read“ from left to right:

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ABOUT THE HERE AND NOW
2021. acrylic and oil on canvas
120 (w) x 150 (h) x 2 cm
47,2 (w) x 59,1 (h) x 0,78 in
left part of the diptych

“Yesterday is gone.
Tomorrow has not yet come.
We have only today.
Let us begin.”

~ Mother Theresa

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MY HOUSE BY THE SEA
2021. acrylic and oil on canvas
120 (w) x 150 (h) x 2 cm
47,2 (w) x 59,1 (h) x 0,78 in
right part of the diptych

There is a place of longing that towers above everything. This house by the sea. No luxury, no pomp, just the original, just the pure feeling of closeness to the water and the beach. Especially in times when the here and now makes me cramped and my soul becomes heavy, as the beach seems far away, my thoughts are more than ever on this house by the sea. Nothing has more magic than the ocean. And a place where everything falls away from me.

„It is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea – whether it is to sail or to watch it – we are going back from whence we came.”

~ John F. Kennedy (September 14, 1962)

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MY HOUSE BY THE SEA
2021
150 (h) x 120 (w) x 2 cm
59,1 (h) x 47,2 (w) x 0,79 in
acrylic and oil on canvas

About the background: There is a place of longing that towers above everything. This house by the sea. No luxury, no pomp, just the original, just the pure feeling of closeness to the water and the beach. Especially in times when the here and now makes me cramped and my soul becomes heavy, as the beach seems far away, my thoughts are more than ever on this house by the sea. Nothing has more magic than the ocean. And a place where everything falls away from me.

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"It is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea - whether it is to sail or to watch it - we are going back from whence we came.”

~ John F. Kennedy (September 14, 1962)

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ABOUT THE HERE AND NOW
2021
150 (h) x 120 (w) x 2 cm
59,1 (h) x 47,2 (w) x 0,79 in
acrylic and oil on canvas

“Yesterday is gone.
Tomorrow has not yet come.
We have only today.
Let us begin.”

~ Mother Theresa

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AT THE BEACH
Diptych 2021
acrylic and oil on canvas
Dimension of each paiting: 30 (h) x 24 (w) x 2 cm / 11,81 (h) x 9,45 (w) x 0,78 in
Complete dimension of the diptych with a hanging distance of 2 cm / 0,78 in between the two pieces:
30 (h) x 50 (w) x 2 cm / 11,81 (h) x 19,69 (w) x 0,78 in

"Summertime. It was a song. It was a season. I wondered if that season would ever live inside of me."
~ Benjamin Alire Sáenz (ex: Last Night I Sang to the Monster)

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WHERE THERE IS LIGHT
2021
150 (h) x 120 (w) x 2 cm
59,1 (h) x 47,2 (w) x 0,79 in
acrylic and oil on canvas

In the darkest hour
As far as I can see
Stand my ground
Be the morning light
In the deepest sleep
As long as I can breathe
Stand close to me
Be my morning prayer
Where there is light
Hope conquers all.

CB/2021

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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UNDER THE SURFACE
2021 / acrylic and oil on canvas
120 (h) x 100 (w) x 2 cm / 47,2 (h) x 39,4 (w) x 0,78 in

"And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer."
~ F.Scott Fitzgerald (ex: The Great Gatsby)

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THE SOUL AND THE SUMMER
2021 / acrylic and oil on canvas
120 (h) x 100 (w) x 2 cm / 47,2 (h) x 39,4 (w) x 0,78 in

"And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer."
~ F.Scott Fitzgerald (ex: The Great Gatsby)

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WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE (diptych)
Diptych 2020
150 (h) x 260 (w) x 4,5 cm
59,1 (h) x 102,36 (w) x 1,77 in
acrylic and oil on canvas

LARGE STATEMENT PIECE
LARGE-SCALED DIPTYCH

Inspired by long conversations by the fireplace…
When two worlds collide, we live for the moments that are worth remembering. Everything else is part of a past that tries to keep us from moving on.
I want to see more, feel more, live more, you say. I've already seen a lot, but it's not enough for me. I want to go on until my feet and my curiosity no longer carry me. But the time has not come yet. You look at me expectantly, but I don't say anything. When two worlds collide, love is not a safe place, it never was. Moments and the memories of them may be intended for the universe, but not people.

This diptych combines the following works and should be "read" from left to right:

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IN THE LIGHT OF THE VIRGIN MORNING
2020. acrylic and oil on canvas
120 (w) x 150 (h) x 4,5 cm
47,2 (w) x 59,1 (h) x 1,77 in
left part of the diptych

The Awakening: We are giants in the morning light. We have no questions at the beginning. Every breath is a sunny day and feels like paradise. No doubt in our head and in our hearts. We have no fear of the future. We live and we feel. We do not need more. We believe that these perfect and safe days and nights are endless, that they will last forever. But we have to grow up sooner or later.

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ON OUR LAST BREATH BEFORE SUNSET, REMEMBER US
2020. acrylic and oil on canvas
120 (w) x 150 (h) x 4,5 cm
47,2 (w) x 59,1 (h) x 1,77 in
right part of the diptych

The Fading: Late summer becomes autumn and winter is only a matter of time. The show is not over with one last bang. It is a slow process with countless steps from light to dark. The sun is already setting. But we want to resist, we want to stop the sun from running, if only for a short time. But we are no gods. We are not immortal. And tears fall. We feel too young to say goodbye. But we can be proud because we leave footprints here on earth. And it's not over now. We begin to accept our fate and enjoy the time that is given to us. Hope and love are the answers that help us through leaden hours. We smile and kiss and drink. And we remember Dylan Thomas: We don't go gentle into this good night. - There is no real finale, we are only a small part of the circle.

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“You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore.”
~ William Faulkner

“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
~ Lao Tzu

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UNDER A RAGING MOON (diptych)
Diptych 2018
150 (h) x 260 (w) x 2 cm
59,1 (h) x 102,36 (w) x 0,79 in
acrylic and oil on canvas

LARGE STATEMENT PIECE
LARGE-SCALED DIPTYCH

Inspired by the history of the medieval Kingdom of Jerusalem and the fall of Acre 1291: Outremer (French: outre-mer, meaning "overseas") was a general name used for the Crusader states; it originated after victories of Europeans in the First Crusade and was applied to the County of Edessa, the Principality of Antioch, the County of Tripoli, and especially the Kingdom of Jerusalem. We hardly remember the names and the knightly bravery of the defenders, we hardly imagine the deepness of their religion and Christian motivation, but the fall of Acre was one of the most important battles of that medieval period. It signaled the end of the Jerusalem crusades. Acre was the capital of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, a crusader state established by European Christian knights in the Southern Levant after the First Crusade in 1099. The kingdom lasted nearly two hundred years, from 1099 until 1291 when the last remaining possession, Acre, was destroyed by the Mamluks. Acre was well defended by knights, with two lines of thick walls and had twelve powerful towers (which were built by European kings and rich pilgrims). The siege began on the 6th April 1291.

This diptych combines the following works and should be "read" from left to right:

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DEUS LO VULT. GOD WILLS IT
2018. acrylic and oil on canvas
120 (w) x 150 (h) x 2 cm
47,2 (w) x 59,1 (h) x 0,79 in
left part of the diptych

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NO MORE SHALL MY MORNING RISE IN OUTREMER
2018. acrylic and oil on canvas
120 (w) x 150 (h) x 2 cm
47,2 (w) x 59,1 (h) x 0,79 in
right part of the diptych

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“So wise so young, they say, do never live long.”
~ Shakespeare (Richard/Act 3, Scene 1)

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UNTIL THE WORLD WILL DISAPPEAR (diptych)
Diptych 2020
150 (h) x 260 (w) x 4,5 cm
59,1 (h) x 102,36 (w) x 1,77 in
acrylic and oil on canvas

LARGE STATEMENT PIECE
LARGE-SCALED DIPTYCH

What we had won't go away.
What we were will always be with us.
Maybe you forget my face and my name, but who I was for you will stay.
Until your moon sinks in the sea.
Until my world disappears.

CB/2020

Over the years, the cycle of life became an important topic in my painting. I'm not talking about the big events and actions. Life is always a collection of many little moments and key experiences. What do we remember when we look back? It is not the complete story of our life from A to Z, it is just a few important breathtaking moments that have shaped and enriched us. Life is a circle and follows the course of the sun: We awaken, we rise, we take a deep breath before we fall and fade again. In this specific artwork I deal with our inner restlessness and longing that sometimes makes it so difficult for us to remain in the moment and enjoy happiness.

This diptych combines the following works and should be "read" from left to right:

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FROM ONE END OF THE WORLD TO THE OTHER
2020. acrylic and oil on canvas
120 (w) x 150 (h) x 4,5 cm
47,2 (w) x 59,1 (h) x 1,77 in
left part of the diptych

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AS FAR AS THE CURRENTS CARRY ME
2020. acrylic and oil on canvas
120 (w) x 150 (h) x 4,5 cm
47,2 (w) x 59,1 (h) x 1,77 in
right part of the diptych

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“What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.”
~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“Love is hard to find, hard to keep, and hard to forget.”
~ Alysha Speer