Umbrellas are symbolic and these works often express the desire to protect, not merely from rain but from everything. These paintings dig into the inner consciousness of the artist and the viewer, merging the familiar everyday scenes with memories and desires.
Shex’s paintings of this type are created in sfumato style, stemming from the Italian sfumare "to tone down" or "to evaporate like smoke." The term was used in Italian Renaissance art for a highly illusionistic rendering of facial features and for atmospheric effects.
In these works, Shex blends together skies with the ground, making it unclear where paintings begin and end, or where memories, nostalgia and desires blend with reality. Real but magical or magical realism.
Dynamic and vibrant, these works embody rhythm, improvisation and freedom and I name them as if they were music.
Shex creates these works using his imagination, a wealth of vibrant colours and a feeling for proportions and harmony. The physical effort in their creation requires strength and endurance the rewards are exciting. Any one of these paintings brings untold energy and life into a room. With their harmony drawn from chromatic chaos they invite contemplation and play at the same time.
One sees clearly only with the heart.
In these works, inspired by the classic Le Petit Prince, Shex conveys the difficulty and the resolve in being different. The young individuals in the paintings are on the threshold between childhood and adulthood as well as on the edge of humanity. The works convey the need to battle, as individuals, between happiness, isolation, fear and uncertainly. Pure heart, intelligence and courage are needed and battles, such as with the fox, must take place.