Christiaan Lieverse (1971) started painting intensively in the nineties of the last century. At that time the world was changing in many area’s: musicians, architects, fashion designers, chefs, artists, film directors and designers were searching for new designs. The idea of progress seemed to disappear, just as the belief in the ‘great stories’. The world started to feel separated, and it created a fruitful ground for a different way of thinking. In laboratories they started to clone new species and different hybrids. The postmodern ideas about what was beautiful were in direct contrast to the traditional modernistic thoughts about beauty. It made for actual questions like: “What is the role of an artist in this society?” and “What is the meaning of art in this rapidly changing global world?
Christiaan Lieverse embraces the Japanese philosophy of Wabi Sabi, that accepts imperfections and incompletion. Perfection is only appealing because it keeps thought and deterioration and dead away, but it can also be boring and lifeless is one of the ideas of Wabi Sabi. That is why the decorative elements and structures, different techniques and uncommon materials that Lieverse uses in his work-process are so appealing to our senses. It impassioned the portraits.