Helping the world find its wonder
Social Media confronts us with the darker side of human kind, as hundreds of those shots are projected daily into our eyes, images riddled with the physical and emotional wounds of ‘others’, people who are made homeless in body or soul, desperately trying to find somewhere safe to belong.
As a visual-sensitive person Beiron Brouwers takes all these images in, senses his way through certain emotions, and translates its essence on canvas.
He senses the harshness of reality, and through lived experience, has learned to tap into a brighter side, despite all else. We as an audience can find inspiration in this resilient way of turning harsh reality into something bearable and even beautiful, in every single painting.
If we look at Beiron Brouwers’ (Bergen-op- Zoom, 1972) work more closely we can remark that he captures every emotion according to his perception of today’s reality in a very refined way. It’s visible in a stain, a color, a brush stroke and the suggesting silhouettes he paints.
Beiron deliberately choses to portray (or represent) people in an unidentified way, by not outlining facial features. In a way, that reflects his ability to “zoom-out”, to reflect upon everyday life as if he were a third person, an unbiased by-stander, yet enhancing for us, it gives the viewer an ‘unheimliches Gefüll’, an unease of being alienated from the rest of society. The painting becomes a reflection of Beirons’ perception of what Social Media does to individuals as well. We feel touched, yet dissociated.
Beiron distances himself from the obvious and the sensational, not only in content and vision but in his technique as well. He does not use any digital trick or tool, nor does he use multiple layers built of thickly applied oil paint -as many Classical painters used to do- to create a visible structure in their paintings.
On the contrary, Beiron creates the optical illusion of a third dimension or structure by simple, elegant strokes which makes it all the more intriguing to go and have a look at his beautiful paintings yourself.