Letter to Charles Saatchi

Brancusi: Artwork of Archetypal Expressionism

Brancusi: Artwork of Archetypal Expressionism

Dear Charles Saatchi,

I’m one of the intellectuals who believe in destiny’s magic and its significant coincidences.
That’s why I think now, retrospectively, that it wasn’t a simple coincidence that the first book which influenced my vision on art as a teenager, ‘’A Concise History of Modern Painting’’, was written by a British art historian, Herbert Read, and it wasn’t a simple coincidence that I was among the first 50 international visual artists who joined Saatchi Online, a very dynamic and challenging player on the global market, since Rebecca Wilson became the director of Saatchi Gallery.

Ion Ţuculescu: Artwork of Archetypal Expressionism

Ion Ţuculescu: Artwork of Archetypal Expressionism

I was born in a small Romanian city, Baia de Aramă, situated nearby Constantin Brancusi’s village, Hobiţa, and in the same region with my preferred Romanian painter, Ion Ţuculescu. After I studied for many years the art of these two Romanian masters through the inner sight of Herbert Read’s writings, at the beginning of this century I launched my new concept on the contemporary art scene, the archetypal expressionism.



That means I had the inspiration and courage to try to add a new chapter to Herbert Read’s history of art, including my theory that in spite of all the art experts and art historians who asserted there are only two major paradigms in art, the figurative and the abstract, I am convinced there is also a third paradigm, and the oldest, the archetypal art.

Doru Covrig: Artworks of Archetypal Expressionism

Doru Covrig: Artworks of Archetypal Expressionism

There are some major international artists like Bruce Rimell (Great Britain), Alberto D’Assumpcao (Portugal), Paola Gonzalez (Mexic/USA), Alberto Cerritos (Canada), Lola Fischer (Poland), Beata Rostas (Hungary) or the Romanian visual artists Ovidiu Maitec and Doru Covrig, who joined this new and challenging art movement in the last years, maybe a response over time of Old Europe’s art community to the former century’s proposal of New America, the abstract expressionism.


But when I curated these days the first collection dedicated to my concept, Saatchi Online Archetypal Expressionism Collection, I had the big surprise to discover other major international visual artists close to my vision, like Fefe Talavera (Brazil), David Richardson-Mr Mole (UK), Miles Van Rensselaer (USA), Yulia Kirschner (Switzerland), Dariusz Cerazy (Poland), Michal Trpak (Czech Republic), Pablo Maire (Chile), Tepora Watene (New Zealand), Mikhail Gubin (USA), Gerard Sexton (UK), Nathalie Detsch Soutthworth (Switzerland), Marianna Bussola (Italy), etc:


Now, some of the best international visual artists who joined the Archetypal Expressionism Group are together in the same art site, looking for major art museums, art collectors art dealers and curators interested to promoted this new awarded concept, movement:


That’s why I dare now to suggest you and Saatchi Gallery to launch the first global debate on archetypal art and archetypal expressionism, a newly awarded concept.

The archetypal art, if accepted by the global art community,  could become an aesthetic  bridge between Western and Oriental worlds, based on our common ancient roots and values.

Kindest regards,
Constantin Severin


Another interesting significant coincidence, the first intelectual who joined this debate is a British artist, Gerard Sexton:

Gerard Sexton – Visual Artist

Hi Constantin Thank you kindly for liking my page. I am delighted you made contact with me and that I have now gained a familiarity with your own work and concepts. I would like to say that I am really excited about your concept of “Archetypal Expressionism”. Art for me is a primarily archetypal experience. Of recent years I have been looking extensively at the work of Jung and his archetypal theories, as well as mythology, alchemy, religion and spirituality and the art forms associated with these spheres. For my final year thesis at art college I chose to write my paper on archetypal symbolism and its role in the visual arts throughout history. Like yourself, I believe that the archetypes have been integral to art since its beginnings in history and yet very few art critics, intellectuals or even artists have a conscious understanding of their nature and role in art. Very excited about your “Hierarchy of Light” exhibition. Keep up the good work! I have recently graduated from college and am only at the beginning of my journey as an artist so I am especially delighted to have been noticed by a renowned and important artist like yourself! Many thanks, Gerard.

Fefe Talavera: Artwork of Archetypal Expressionism

Fefe Talavera: Artwork of Archetypal Expressionism


About Constantin Severin

Constantin Severin (constantinseverin.ro) is a Romanian writer and, as a visual artist, the founder and promoter of the award-winning concept known as archetypal expressionism. He is the author of eight books of poetry, essays, and novels, and his poems have been published by major Romanian and international literary magazines. He is one of the editors of the French cultural magazine Levure littéraire.
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