About Pejmann

There’s not really much to say about me except the fact that I am trying as hard as I can to bring back to life the “awe-inspiring” quality of painting. In the words of a French philosopher, “I am celebrating Dyonisos, the great living soul, and everything that gives life its good taste” ; in my case, I have “surrendered myself body and soul to this sickness” called painting.

I live near Orléans and the royal scenery of the Loire Valley, France. I spend most of my time painting, teaching and studying. I was formerly an engineer but I chose to become a painter in 2016. Contrary to other painters, my influences come not only from painting but also from philosophy. One can never really recover after reading Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Jung. What it has led me to understand is that the art produced today has never been more meaningless. It seems Art has lost its power on our lives and that is a tragedy. Not only is God dead but Art too! For the sake of the human soul, it is urgent that “free artists” take the matter into their hands.

That’s on such background that are set my articles. In these, I go from the low-level technical aspects of painting to more aesthetical concerns. My articles are living creatures and evolve constantly. You may find them not identical from one day to the next. You may also find contradictions in them. But that’s not a problem because contradictions are healthy. I use them to question my work and bring my ideas to an open playground. Therefore, if you have any useful comments, I will be glad to hear you. Anything that is a useful critique helps painting and helps me.

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To conclude, here’s also an extract from Nietzsche that brightly synthesizes what artists are and “One’s own way”

One’s own way. -When we take the decisive step and set out on the way one calls one’s “own way”: a secret suddenly reveals itself to us: even all those with whom we were friendly and intimate-all have imagined themselves superior to us and are offended. The best among them are lenient with us and wait patiently for us to rediscover the “right way” -they know it, of course! Others make fun and act as if one had gone temporarily batty or else point spitefully to a seducer. The more malicious declare us to be vain fools and attempt to blacken our motives. The worst ones see in us their worst enemy, one who thirsts for revenge after a long period of dependence- and is afraid of us. What’s to be done? I advise: we initiate our sovereignty by assuring all our acquaintances a year’s amnesty in advance for their sins of every kind.

Numinous (/ˈnjmɪnəs/) is a term derived from the Latin numen, meaning “arousing spiritual or religious emotion; mysterious or awe-inspiring.” The term was given its present sense by the German theologian and philosopher Rudolf Otto in his influential 1917 German book The Idea of the Holy. He also used the phrase mysterium tremendum as another description for the phenomenon. Otto’s concept of the numinous influenced thinkers including Carl Jung, Mircea Eliade, and C. S. Lewis. It has been applied to theology, psychology, religious studies, literary analysis, and descriptions of psychedelic experiences.