"I can only set a functionalism, a powerful silent against today's inflation of pictures. I believe that it is the attraction of the direct view which enables insights into the soul. When colour becomes not only skin, cloth, water and sky but also soul, then I have overcome the empty panel."
Many people think contemporary art has degenerated into a splat and sh*t kind of school--I will say that some of that is interesting and some, gratuitous. In the meantime, other contemporary artists still work in traditional media and with traditional subjects. They cannot, however, think exactly like Rembrandt did or portray the world as Chardin did. The world has changed far too much.
But sometimes an individual brings eternal values or old disciplines to the contemporary world and makes it resonate for us. And isn't this a marvelous example?