My intention is to put living in a healthy creative flow at the center of my life, and make the result part of how I sustain myself.
This overview serves as a (incomplete) archive for my art.
All works by © Michaël Van Broekhoven – All Rights Reserved.
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- This is a Chronological Overview of selected pieces – most recent at the top. (May run a bit behind – I update this when so inspired.)
- !–> In most cases, you can “click through the image” to the original blog posting for additional information about the specific painting. My online art store is currently “in the process of renovation”, and will be linked here when ready. (Originals not for sale at the moment).
2008 – 2009: Transition and Reflection.
In the works for many years prior, by spring 2009, I finished my “mostly autobiographical book”, “ The Odyssey of RISING GROUND – A Warrior’s Journey Beyond Struggle ”.
Independently self-published “under the radar” (for friends and family only), on 100% Tree-Free HEMP Paper, and bound into a beautiful 8.5” x 11”, 300+ page paperback, including over 50 interior b&w images… It was one of a kind art piece of sorts. The first edition (1 test run, 41 copies with a color section, and 32 just all b&w, sold out immediately, starting at $30, with the final copies going for up to $155).
[–>2009 BOOK : SOLD OUT / in 70+ private collections]
In “Rising Ground”, I quote from my diary and correspondence, detailing my journey into the Earth First! movement, involvement with Julia Butterfly’s world-famous ‘Luna Treesit’ and being a front-line riot medic during the tumultuous anti-WTO protests in Seattle in 1999. After I describe my brutal arrest and torturous detention by Prague police, you get a peek inside a broken mind plunging into PTSD, grueling hospitalizations and all. The later end of the book deals with intensive practice and study of Shambhala-Buddhism and shamanic energy healing, both of which opened me up to a whole new paradigm of empowerment beyond struggle. Unfortunately the book contains ‘wrong views’ on Buddhist matters and will not be re-published without a major overhaul of the final chapters. Apologies for any confusion this may have caused.
For the original version, I used this art work (digital collage) for its cover (like most other art work shown here, now available as a Greetings Card, Poster, Etc.):
Art from “My Radical Activist Era” (1995-2000)
Most of the paintings from this period were created in Arcata, California, USA, during an intense period when I passionately participated in Ghandian-style non-violent direct actions to help save ancient forests, improve forestry regulations, insist on freedom of speech, stood up for human rights, and aimed to abolish reckless global neo-liberal policies (the socio-ecological damage of which is now becoming apparent to the masses as well). Among others, I served as contact person, media liaison, treesitter, treesit ground support coordinator (to Julia Butterfly Hill’s famous ‘Luna Treesit’), assisted in road blockades, as a riot medic, and eventually went through a post-traumatic-stress mind grinder of sorts, after an extremely brutal false arrest and detention in Czech Republic in Sept 2000 (UN pdf. Page 79, case 433).
Art from this period was either sold, given away, or got lost somehow. This is not a complete showing, nor precisely in the order they were painted:
The poem by © Julia Butterfly Hill, is included in her 2011 poetry collection, “Becoming: Pictures, Poems, and Stories”, see her blog for more: http://juliabutterflyhill.wordpress.com/ ]
These are from when I dabbled in engineering studies in Belgium, prior to moving to San Francisco in spring 1995.
- Drawings and Paintings from childhood may be added at some point, after I come across them. Most were tossed, unfortunately, in some teenage cleaning spree.
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