The Artist

Hi, I’m Olivier Xavier. I’m a Dutch romantic, professional artist, cinematographer, photographer, composer, videographer and songwriter. Since the year 2000 i started writing poems. In 2011 I published my first poetry book.

Almost everyday I create a work of art: a painting, a film, a photo, a piano composition, a poem, a textual poem for a song, or a computer drawing.

As a professional artist, I am developing my skills every day in which I emphatically do not focus on 1 discipline within the field of fine arts sciences and instead take on a new challenge each and every season.

”Only sometimes, during falconry, there is covert time when the noble eagles can fly away with the courtly masks, so that intense feelings of mutual infatuation have a place, secretly and only for a moment.”

Olivier Xavier, oktober 2021

Courtly love occurred exclusively in the upper classes and involved the admiration of a nobleman or knight for an unattainable, usually married, woman. In most cases it was a platonic relationship.

This definition of courtly love says exactly what sets me, Olivier Xavier, apart from other visual artists. I am a world champion of courtly love and therefore call myself a romantic. One day I do hope ‘she chooses me. ‘She’, is my muse. ‘She’ inspires and stimulates to create. ‘She’ is my soul mate. But unreachable for too long🤔 Therefore, I die a slow death mentally, which does have a positive influence on my creation process.

Besides the theme of courtly love, I get my inspiration from the brilliant artist Marcel Wanders, the PopArt of Andy Warhol, the music of Herman Brood, Mozart, John Lennon, Elton John, Piet Paaltjens, P.A. De Genestet and my intense urge to capture the perfect composition, whether in image or sound.

It is my mission to create contemporary art with a focus on the beauty of Love, Connection and Harmony, celebrating the joyous life to escape the (rock hard) hard reality for a while. Sometimes my art is also an indictment of the injustice in the over-generalized society where art grants are based solely on unjust policies. Government policies undermine a climate of free thought and free expression, while this is essential for the free creation of visual art. But fair is fair: an excellent artist doesn’t need a grant and operates purely autonomously. And that’s the way it should be!

Life is often raw and rough. The pain I experience as a result, I translate into beauty, emotion, alienation, through a drawing, a (manipulated) photograph, a song with composition or a poem. With so much diversity in art expression, you might say I don’t have a central focus. But I do! My focus for each period is exactly where I want it to be. In that sense, as an artist, I am trying to evolve in the direction of the “Homo Universalis. As an artist, I thrive on a high degree of variety where I seek the depth per concept and thereby make a philosophical consideration of Rationality VS Reasonableness in our society. Does the ‘rules are rules’ principle (Aristotle) weigh more heavily in society today than there may be reasons to make an exception to these rules, for example on Moral grounds (Plato)? Or can our governmental system no longer cope with this in an administrational way? Do you want to live in a “computer says no” society?

Escapism: Fleeing into a fantasy world and creating visually or auditively. Because by doing so, so many points of light are created in the darkness of existence, that those points of light together form a great sun that dispels the darkness, if only momentarily!

(Picture below: source)

Olivier Xavier Romantic & Artist

‘With my passion to create visual art and the resulting boundless energy and ambition, I want to continue to evolve to create the extraordinary and perfect my art so I may touch the soul of many spectators’. Olivier Xavier (October 2021)

a New exhibition at de Gemeente Deventer:

New exhibition at Castle de Haere from march 2024:

Watch the slideshow below:

Introduction

Darwinism in Motion is a groundbreaking art concept that explores Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution through clay forms with a twist. Inspired by natural selection and the struggle for survival, this concept combines clay figures of different colors with striking doll eyes symbolically ‘devouring’ each other. This unique and provocative approach to art invites deep reflection on evolutionary processes and human interaction. In this text, we will explore why Darwinism in Motion is an extraordinary and innovative concept.

Conceptual Depth

Darwinism in Motion goes beyond mere visual aesthetics; it delves into deep concepts of competition, survival instinct, and adaptability. By using clay forms that ‘consume’ each other, the ruthless nature of natural selection is poignantly depicted. The addition of doll eyes lends a human element to these abstract forms, forcing viewers to identify with the ongoing struggle for dominance and survival.

The contradiction between the vulnerability of clay and the intensity of the confrontation between the figures creates a tension that mirrors the complexity of evolution and competition within ecosystems. Darwinism in Motion invites viewers to ponder the paradoxes of evolution, such as the cruelty of natural selection versus the beauty of diversity and adaptability.

Artistic Significance and Impact

This radically innovative art concept has a profound impact on both artistic discourse and public consciousness. Darwinism in Motion challenges traditional notions of art and evolution by creating a symbiosis between science, philosophy, and aesthetics. Through its provocative imagery and profound symbolism, this artwork inspires a dialogue about the fundamental forces that shape life.

Moreover, Darwinism in Motion serves as a catalyst for societal reflection and awareness. It confronts viewers with the fragility of life and the ongoing struggle for survival, leading to a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of all living beings. As such, this artwork contributes to the growing awareness of our responsibility towards nature and the necessity of harmonious coexistence within our ecosystem.

In conclusion, Darwinism in Motion represents a unique synthesis of artistic imagination, intellectual exploration, and societal engagement. Through its bold conceptual approach and profound reflection, this artwork remains a powerful expression of the human quest for understanding and meaning in a world constantly in motion.

Currently I am working on this art work (101 x 86 cm)

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