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Biography

Roger Braun (1972) grew up in the former mining village Eygelshoven in the Netherlands .             jkjkerwirijfrui.. . In 1997 he completed his studie Illustrative design at the Hogeschool Katholieke Leergangen in Sittard. 'Lux Umbram Creat': 'Light creates shadow' forms the base for all of his works.

THE CONTEMPORARY REALISM FROM ROGER BRAUN


Roger Braun
Roger Braun (1972) grew up in the former mining village Eygelshoven in the Netherlands where for three generations his family worked in the mining industry. His family’s background is still highly visible in his work. The foundation of most industrially influenced works lies in the dualistic nature of technological progress, being utopic on one side and dystopic on the other. Especially important is the role that mankind itself plays. In older works industrial visual elements have an almost overwhelming presence. Alternatively, in recent paintings man plays an increasingly more prominent role. Heavy industrial imagery made way for subtle technical drawings.
 
Roger received his training at the Hogeschool Katholieke Leergangen in Sittard, where he graduated in 1997 in his field of Illustrative design. After his graduation Roger began rigorous self-study into the techniques and use of material of the old masters. To move forward into the current era, he built upon the practical knowledge gained by his studies and developed a way of incorporating modern-day materials in his work while maintaining time told techniques employed by many of the greats.  As a result past and present coalesce in a timeless fashion.
 
His paintings rely heavily on a strong claire-obscure effect. Lux Umbram Creat: Light creates shadow. This motto is a pervasive motif throughout Roger’s entire body of work. Light and shadow are the most important foundation for creating visually attractive imagery.
 
Roger paints in a modern and realistic fashion, but his goal is not to copy visual reality. In his art the main intent is to interpret the image and to capture its sense of beauty. His fascination for industry and mankind remains an inexhaustible source of inspiration.
 
In addition the spectator is challenged to interpret his work in several ways by combining multiple visual elements. These elements all tell a story… But what kind of story? What are the images referring to? Does the title answer any questions? Allow yourself to be engaged and look for clues that will tell a tale. But don’t be deceived. Indeed, some paintings were purposefully created to tell a story, to draw attention to a deeper philosophical conundrum. In other works the visual elements are ‘merely’ an interesting composition of images. Which painting is which?  You as a spectator can be the judge and freely interpret the work. Whatever your choice of interpretation the imagery portrayed should always be a visual feat.