#1 Bread & Games

 

Bread & Games in Brave New Old Worlds

Being an artist Gabriëlla Cleuren can’t be indifferent for the horror that the world faces today. War, violence, climate change, refugees, … It seems to be a never ending story. “My paintings in the serie Brave New Old Worlds are mostly symbolic, they try to capture a lot of similar stories at the same time. I’m continuously looking for images that express solitude, abandonnement, iniquity, violence, revolution… It’s my social criticism with a twist, adding my own accents,” Gabriëlla explains.

Bread & Games (2018)

Brave New Old Worlds refers to this history repeating. In the Roman empire people were kept quiet by bread and circuses. The gladiators are now represented by football players and cyclists. The cycle of life. A brave new old world is burning while we are watching the Tour De France. Gabriëlla: “The time of the Romans is still present. Eternal events keep people quiet. I came to that conclusion when i saw my husband watching a race.”

 
Bread & Games -   Highly pigmented acrylics on prepared Steinbach (73 x 110 cm)

Bread & Games - Highly pigmented acrylics on prepared Steinbach (73 x 110 cm)

 

Lost (2014)

This painting from 2014 says it all. When someone loses everything, because of war or a climate tragedy, it’s like standing in the purgatory. Lost in time and space. Ready to die or to be reborn in a brave new old world. Gabriëlla adds: “I tried to capture extreme loneliness, incomprehension and abandonnement. It’s like being naked in hell.”

 
Lost -   Highly pigmented acrylics on canvas (70 x 50 cm)

Lost - Highly pigmented acrylics on canvas (70 x 50 cm)

 

Young Learned (2005)

Another shot of the Brave New Old World. People are never too young to fight. Even in our times there are still wars were kids are trained to fight. Their playing time is over. And for lots of them it becomes a real game over. Will this ever stop? Gabriëlla: “The use of child soldiers in armed conflicts, still today, is incomprehensible. It makes me sad.”

 
Young Learned -   Highly pigmented acrylics on prepared Steinbach paper (73 x 110 cm).

Young Learned - Highly pigmented acrylics on prepared Steinbach paper (73 x 110 cm).

 

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