Text and Time 117 (The Dancers)


Text and Time 117 (The Dancers), oil on canvas, 80×120 cm, 2017.

Work of Archetypal Expressionism, my new awarded art concept/movement.


The Archetypal Expressionism Statement

ARCHETYPAL EXPRESSIONISM lies between the two major paradigms of contemporary art, the figurative and the abstract. It represents the spiritual quest for common cultural roots, beyond the tragic accidents of history. It is a fascinating approach to rediscovering the Tahiti of our collective memory, through the shapes and the exotic figures of our inner lives. It is art suspended between the real and the imaginary and it needs rigor and mystery, arithmetic and lyricism, simplicity and paradox.

Although my work concept as a visual artist, that is ARCHETYPAL EXPRESSIONISM, could be considered a new one, it describes an immemorial artistic reality. Archetypal Expressionism is indeed a new concept and yet it echoes an ancient tradition in making art, also specific to cultures of a remote past. Strong colors, deformities and a special sensitivity to imagine the world are not exclusively the prerogatives of modern expressionists. Though most of the art experts have asserted that there are only two major paradigms, the figurative and the abstract, I intend to convince the arts community that even from primordial times we have had THE THIRD PARADIGM , the ARCHETYPAL ART. The archetypes have a secret power, because they have been used during thousands of years by a large amount of populations and they are now a part of our hidden inner life. That is why they have a special emotional impact on every human being.

Every major work of art begins with an archetype and ends in music, the most ineffable manifestation of time.

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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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