LIVES AND WORKS
LIVES AND WORKS
DATE OF BIRTH
"From the West, and to the East..."
Born in an artist family, Charles is the grandson of French classic painter Cécile Belin De Vregille, and nephew of Arnaud Courlet De Vregille.
With the heart of an adventurer he leaves Europe in 2000 and settles down in Asia; in Japan first (Tokyo) where he practices different Japanese art styles forms from calligraphy to landscape painting, and finally in China (Shanghai) where he stills live and work.
His painting style is the result of his visual travels between Europe and Asia. His primary mode of expression is a Western form of abstract expressionism but it is charged with oriental symbolism and executed with Japanese and Asian techniques and tools. From a Chinese calligraphy brush Belin find his perfect medium to translate the energy of a stroke, reminding of the Chinese "Hanzi" (汉子), while his creative process in the studio is a form of zen meditation that should hold the painter into the "Here, and the Now", and able to feel and translate the vibrations of the Universe, and through his soul, into an artistic expression.
For Belin: "To think it to be human, not to think is to be the Universe." The absence of thought allows a pure expression from chaos while a second and more conscious step of his method consists in providing Order to Chaos, adding straight lines, recognizable shapes, and more physical meanings to the painting, applying the universal concept of Yin and Yang to his paintings, an art of contrast yet balance, about the flow of energies, and the mind discharged of the limitation of conscious thought.
Shanghai, December 2020.
WHO I AM
French painter based in Shanghai, China.
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