Black Island is simultaneously a fable, and an invitation to undertake a journey. Paul de Flers transports us into a uchronia: a real space becomes a dream or fantasy setting, outside of time.
The island of Pico forms one of the edges of the triangle of the Azores archipelago. A volcano dominates the entire island with its solemn stature. Made of endless lava, the ground consists only of burnt stones, covering the western side of the island with a black crust and volcanic vegetation. Its shores have fashioned a multitude of myths and legends in the artist’s work.
Paul de Flers’ paintings convey a lost paradise, with a stormy, intoxicating atmosphere. By means of merging colors and blurry edges, the scenes propose the viewer as witnessing an intimate moment, through a window misted with memory.
— Milena Oldfield, Researcher & Editorial Coordinator at Almine Rech