Thierry De Cordier is a philosopher, performer, sculptor, writer and poet who In the last few decades dedicated himself to painting. He studies seascapes, in an effort to move beyond the romantic, sublime landscape.
Influenced by the monochromatic topographical paintings made in China in the 17th and 18th centuries, he works with oils, enamel, and Chinese ink, depicts the sea as a distillation of all the forces of nature.
Some may say that works of Thierry De Cordier are the result of a personal quest: a search for his own identity, his relationship to the world, and his role within society. It’s rather universal description to any artist. The truth, as often happens, lies at the centre of his dialogue with the spectator.
“Visibly, there’s nothing pleasing about a picture that works (otherwise it’s an image or something decorative)…Not the landscape as such, nor its representation, but just the way it works. To my eyes this is the very essence of painting. Something different from the highly ‘suggestive’ character of a romantic picture.” he says