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United Colors of Humanity (Japan-Switzerland painting series)

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#081 United Colors of Humanity (Mathias Sager, oil on wood panel, F8, 455×380)

According to the Happy Colorful Growth spirit, my paintings do happen (not always obviously) in the areas of (1) Japan – Switzerland, (2) Charging, (3) Female nature, and (4) Life water. I paint, although not within clear boundaries, “City scenes & Landscapes”, “Figures & Creatures”, and “Abstracts & Patterns”.

  1. Japan – Switzerland painting series
  2. Charging painting series
  3. Female nature painting series
  4. Life water painting series

For most work I use professional water mixable oil colour (Winsor & Newton) that are designed to look and work like traditional oil paint, because they can be used without hazardous solvents. I mostly use wood panel or canvas panel (board).

Current ‘Happy Colorful Growth’ painting

1. Thought on art/painting

Art can express the inexplicable. That’s  a remarkable potential we have because we still can’t explain the most important things, such as why there are ‘good’ and ‘bad,’ and what to do about it. Limitations in expression are limiting the thinking (yes, also this way round). We feel that there is something, somewhere in us, that holds more answers than we can explain with words. Art/painting is a key to the next human breakthrough in consciousness.

2. Most recent paintings

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#76 Lake bed (Life water painting series,

Mathias Sager, oil on wood panel, F10 530 x 455)

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Recent ‘Happy Colorful Growth’ Paintings

I do paint to show my soul that I am listening.

I believe the creative process is a key to physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

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#66 Nature fights back (Mathias Sager, Oil colour water mixable on wood panel (F12 60.6 cm x 50.0 cm)

 

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The ‘Happy Colorful Growth’ Way

Happy Colorful Growth for all: Think about it, create opportunities, and help grow the human revolution movement.

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I’m devoted to those who want to:

  1. Fully live the dream
  2. Rock the market of global talent
  3. Change the ‘salary man’ lifestyle groove
  4. Achieve everything, but foremost inner peace
  5. Strengthen a natural spiritual grounding
  6. Sense what’s on the other side of fear
  7. Seek fearless and honest feedback
  8. Harness the power of leadership & learning
  9. Apply effective communication
  10. Build thriving teams and communities
  • Be thinking & happy, artistic & colorful, and coaching & growth minded.
  • Be the hero of the current human revolution (yes, I think the digital revolution won’t save us) and the long-term human evolution.

 

EARTH – Education, ART, and Happiness

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Learn and experience for life

I recommend, given the over-emphasis on training of technical skills at all levels of the education system, to complement or replace existing syllabus with “live life” lessons as suggested below. Those in power often tend to have little interest in a prosperous society of equal participants. Rather, it is about maintaining existing privileges. There is a lot at stake. If the ultimate goal of education for all citizens was empowering learning and self-fulfillment, the base for more contributions to social welfare would be created. Currently we are still working towards changing the system of systematic breeding of interchangeable gearwheels in our capitalist economies in favor of few immensely rich ‘landlords’ into a more humanized system.

Suggested life lessons:

  • How to build a universal spiritual foundation?
  • How to evaluate purpose in life?
  • How to overcome fear and gain confidence?
  • How to strengthen character for well-being?
  • How to think positively for greater achievements?
  • How to ask better questions?
  • How to make higher human impact through artistic expression?

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Landscapes

mathias-sager-lake-bed-painting-20170513#76 Lake bed (Mathias Sager, oil on wood panel, F10 530 x 455)

mathias-sager-autumn-painting-20161125#68 Autumn (Mathias Sager, Oil color water mixable on wood panel, P12 60.6 x 45.5 cm)

mathias-sager-nature-fights-back-painting-20161114#66 Nature fights back (Mathias Sager, Oil colour water mixable on wood panel (F12 60.6 cm x  50.0 cm)

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#55 Summer storm (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 3F 27.5×22.1×0.4 cm (10.6″x8.7″x0.16″))
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#51 Yoyogi Park II (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 53x46x0.4 cm (20.8″x18.1″x0.16″)
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#050 Creative force (Mathias Sager, oil colour water mixable on canvas board, 46.7xca.30×0.4 cm)
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#048 Land of the Rising Sun (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 53x46x0.4 cm (20.8″x18.1″x0.16″))
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#036 Volcano lake garden (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 53x46x0.4 cm (20.8″x18.1″x0.16″))
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#021 Jurassic bridge (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 41.1×31.8×0.4 cm (16.2″x12.5″x0.16″))
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#015 Female nature (Mathias Sager, water colour on paper, A3)
mathias-sager-shrine-pond-painting-201512
#007 Toranomon Shrine pond (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 33.5×24.3×0.4 cm (13.2″x9.6″x0.16″))

Abstracts & Patterns

mathias-sager-deep-water-painting-20161114#67 Deep water [life water painting series] (Mathias Sager, oil colour water mixable on wood panel, M12 60.6 cm x 41.0 cm)

mathias-sager-rgb-iii-20161104#63 RGB III (Mathias Sager, Oil colours water mixable on canvas board, 27.5×22.1×0.4 cm (10.6″x8.7″x0.16″))

mathias-sager-stairways-20161103#62 Stairways (Mathias Sager, Oil colors water mixable on canvas board, 8F 46.7×38.1×0.4 cm (18.4″x15″x0.16″))

mathias-sager-rgb-ii-20161029#61 RGB II (Mathias Sager, Oil colors water mixable on wood board, 3 panels each 33.3 x 22.0 x 1.2 cm)

mathias-sager-rgb-20161029#60 RGB (Mathias Sager, oil colors water mixable on wood board, 3 panels each 22.7 x 15.8 x 1.2 cm)

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#56 Dripstone cave walk (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 8F 46.7×38.1×0.4 cm (18.4″x15″x0.16″))
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#53 Decision (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 6F 41.1×31.8×0.4 cm (16.2″x12.5″x0.16″))
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#040 The way (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 27.5×22.1×0.4 cm (10.6″x8.7″x0.16″))
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#025 Kanji II (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 53x46x0.4 cm (20.8″x18.1″x0.16″))
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#019 Kanji I (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 53x46x0.4 cm (20.8″x18.1″x0.16″))
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#013 Glowing water (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 46.7×38.1×0.4 cm (18.4″x15″0.16″))
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#010 Heartfelt swimming (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 33.5×24.3×0.4 cm (13.2″x9.6″x0.16″))
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#009 Culture lake I (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 41.1×31.8×0.4 cm (16.2″x12.5″x0.16″))
Picture Culture Lake II
#008 Culture Lake II (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 41.1×31.8×0.4 cm (16.2″x12.5″x0.16″))
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#006 Charged ruins (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colours on canvas board, 41.1×31.8×0.4 cm (16.2″x12.5″x0.16″))
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#005 Oscillating tulips (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 41.1×31.8×0.4 cm (16.2″x12.5″x0.16″))
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#003 Charging the crowd (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 41.1×31.8×0.4 cm (16.2″x12.5″x0.16″)

Figures & Creatures

United Colors of Humanity (Mathias Sager, oil on wood panel, F8, 455×380

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Sing me (Mathias Sager, oil on wood panel, M10, 530×333)

mathias-sager-culture-shock-201704#75 Culture shock (Mathias Sager, oil on wood panel, M10 530 x 333)

mathias-sager-broken-culture-painting-201703#73 Broken Cultures (Mathias Sager, oil on wood panel, F10, 530 x 450)

mathias-sager-sad-painting-20161225#72 Sad (Mathias Sager, oil on wood panel, M6 410 x 242)

mathias-sager-queasy-feeling-painting-20161129#69 Queasy feeling (Mathias Sager, Oil color water mixable on wood panel, M20 727X500)

mathias-sager-samurai-make-up-painting-20161112#65 Samurai Make-up (Mathias Sager, oil colours water mixable on wood panel (F10 530 x 455)

mathias-sager-family-groove-painting-20160927
#59 Family groove (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colours on canvas board, 33.5×24.3×0.4 cm (13.2″9.6″x0.16″))
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#52 Hola Salsa! (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 4F 33.5×24.3×0.4 cm (13.2″x9.6″x0.16″)
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#049 The crowd (Mathias Sager, oil colour water mixable on canvas board, 46.7×38.1×0.4 cm (18.4″x15″x0.16″))
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#047 Please let me in! (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 53x46x0.4 cm (20.8″x18.1″x0.16″))
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#046 Look, our children! (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colours on canvas board, 53x46x0.4 cm (20.8″x18.1″x0.16″))
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#044 Coffee head (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 16x23x0.4 cm (6.3″x9.1″x0.16″))
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#042 Ookami big wolf (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, F6 41.1×31.8×0.4 cm (16.2″x12.5″x0.16″))
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#037 Spiritual revolution (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 46.7×38.1×0.4 cm (18.4″x15″x0.16″))
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#033 Courage (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 46.7×38.1×0.4 cm (18.4″x15″x0.16″))
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#030 Stand up II (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 41.1×31.8×0.4 cm (16.2″x12.5″x0.16″))
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#029 Shiatsu intensive (Mathias Sager, water mixamle oil colour on canvas board (46.7×38.1×0.4 cm (18.4″x15″x0.16″))
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#027 Body and mind (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 33.5×24.3×0.4 cm (13.2″x9.6″x0.16″))
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#023 Stand up I (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board (41.1×31.8×0.4 cm (16.2″x12.5″x0.16″)). Given away.
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#020 Dark’n bright (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 46x53x0.4 cm (18.1″x20.8″x0.16″))
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#017 Shiatsu (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 27.5×22.1×0.4 cm (10.6″x8.7″x0.16″)). Given away.
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#016 Tear drops (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 41.1×31.8×0.4 cm (16.2″x12.5″x0.16″))
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#014 Happy Japanese dinner (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 46x53x0.4 cm (18.1″x20.8″x0.16″))
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#012 Playful Kanji (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 46x53x0.4 cm (18.1″20.8″x0.16″))
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#011 Twolips (Mathias Sager, water colour on paper, A3)
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#001 Window gekko (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 33.5×24.3×0.4 cm (13.2″x9.6″x0.16″))

City scenes

mathias-sager-tokyo-heat-201704#74 Tokyo heat (Mathias Sager, oil on wood panel, F6 410 x 318)

mathias-sager-lost-city-painting-20161224#71 Lost city (Mathias Sager, oil on wood panel, P10 530 x 410)

mathias-sager-red-ladder-facade-painting-20161130#70 Red ladder facade (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil color on wood panel, M12 606 X 410)

mathias-sager-facade-painting-20161105#64 Facade (Mathias Sager, Oil colours water mixable, 3 wood panels each 33.3 x 19.0 x 1.2 cm)

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#54 Osaka (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 8F 46.7×38.1×0.4 cm (18.4″x15″x0.16″)
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#045 Flood (Mathias Sager, watermixable oil colours on canvas boards, 3 times 3F 27.5×22.1×0.4 cm (10.6″x8.7″x0.16″))
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#043 Colours of 2050 (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, F6 41.1×31.8×0.4 cm (16.2″x12.5″x0.16″)
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#041 Urban peace (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 46.7×38.1×0.4 cm (18.4″x15″x0.16″))
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#039 Alp village (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 46.7×38.1×0.4 cm (18.4″x15″x0.16″)
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#038 No sleep (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 46.7×38.1×0.4 cm (18.4″x15″x0.16″))
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#035 No radiation (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 27.5×22.1×0.4 cm (10.6″x8.7″x0.16″))
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#034 No littering (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 27.5×22.1×0.4 cm (10.6″x8.7″x0.16″))
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#032 From ambition to purpose (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 53x46x0.4 cm (20.8″x18.1″x0.16″))
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#031 Yoyogi park (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 53x46x0.4 cm (20.8″x18.1″x0.16″))
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#028 Never again Fukushima (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 46.7×38.1×0.4 cm (18.4″x15″x0.16″))
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#026 Tomigaya / Uehara hills (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board (53x46x0.4 cm (20.8″x18.1″x0.16″))
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#024 Shinjuki construction site (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 46.7×38.1×0.4 cm (18.4″x15″x0.16″)). Given away.
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#022 Old bridge in Kyoto (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 33.5×24.3×0.4 cm (13.2″x9.6″x0.16″))
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#018 Wakkanai fish market (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil painting on canvas board, 46.7×38.1×0.4 cm (18.4″x15″x0.16″))
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#004 Homey Japanese village (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 41.1×31.8×0.4 cm (16.2″x12.5″x0.16″))
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#002 Sapporo-Pontresina (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 46.7×38.1×0.4 cm (18.4″x15″x0.16″))

Life water painting series

mathias-sager-lake-bed-painting-20170513#76 Lake bed (Mathias Sager, oil on wood panel, F10 530 x 455)

mathias-sager-deep-water-painting-20161114#67 Deep water [life water painting series] (Mathias Sager, oil colour water mixable on wood panel, M12 60.6 cm x 41.0 cm)

mathias-sager-flood-painting-201607
#045 Flood (Mathias Sager, watermixable oil colours on canvas boards, 3 times 3F 27.5×22.1×0.4 cm (10.6″x8.7″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-volcano-lake-garden-painting-201605
#036 Volcano lake garden (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 53x46x0.4 cm (20.8″x18.1″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-glowing-water-painting-201512
#013 Glowing water (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 46.7×38.1×0.4 cm (18.4″x15″0.16″))
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#009 Culture lake I (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 41.1×31.8×0.4 cm (16.2″x12.5″x0.16″))
Picture Culture Lake II
#008 Culture Lake II (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 41.1×31.8×0.4 cm (16.2″x12.5″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-shrine-pond-painting-201512
#007 Toranomon Shrine pond (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 33.5×24.3×0.4 cm (13.2″x9.6″x0.16″))

Female nature painting series

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Sing me (Mathias Sager, oil on wood panel, M10, 530×333)

mathias-sager-tokyo-heat-201704#74 Tokyo heat (Mathias Sager, oil on wood panel, F6 410 x 318)

mathias-sager-queasy-feeling-painting-20161129#69 Queasy feeling (Mathias Sager, Oil color water mixable on wood panel, M20 727X500)

mathias-sager-autumn-painting-20161125#68 Autumn (Mathias Sager, Oil color water mixable on wood panel, P12 60.6 x 45.5 cm)

mathias-sager-nature-fights-back-painting-20161114#66 Nature fights back (Mathias Sager, Oil colour water mixable on wood panel (F12 60.6 cm x  50.0 cm)

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#59 Family groove (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colours on canvas board, 33.5×24.3×0.4 cm (13.2″9.6″x0.16″))
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#58 Pink (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 33.5×24.3×0.4 cm (13.2″x9.6″x0.16″))
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#57 On her lap (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 4F 33.5×24.3×0.4 cm (13.2″x9.6″x0.16″))
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#52 Hola Salsa! (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 4F 33.5×24.3×0.4 cm (13.2″x9.6″x0.16″)
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#050 Creative force (Mathias Sager, oil colour water mixable on canvas board, 46.7xca.30×0.4 cm)
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#047 Please let me in! (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 53x46x0.4 cm (20.8″x18.1″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-our-children-painting-201607
#046 Look, our children! (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colours on canvas board, 53x46x0.4 cm (20.8″x18.1″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-coffee-head-painting-201607
#044 Coffee head (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 16x23x0.4 cm (6.3″x9.1″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-ookami-big-wolf-painting-201607
#042 Ookami big wolf (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, F6 41.1×31.8×0.4 cm (16.2″x12.5″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-no-sleep-painting-201506
#038 No sleep (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 46.7×38.1×0.4 cm (18.4″x15″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-stand-up-II-painting-201603
#030 Stand up II (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 41.1×31.8×0.4 cm (16.2″x12.5″x0.16″))
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#023 Stand up I (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board (41.1×31.8×0.4 cm (16.2″x12.5″x0.16″)). Given away.
mathias-sager-jurassic-park-painting-20160109
#021 Jurassic bridge (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 41.1×31.8×0.4 cm (16.2″x12.5″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-dark-bright-drops-painting-201601
#020 Dark’n bright (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 46x53x0.4 cm (18.1″x20.8″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-female-nature-painting-20151114
#015 Female nature (Mathias Sager, water colour on paper, A3)
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#011 Twolips (Mathias Sager, water colour on paper, A3)

Charging painting series

mathias-sager-sad-painting-20161225#72 Sad (Mathias Sager, oil on wood panel, M6 410 x 242)

mathias-sager-rgb-iii-20161104#63 RGB III (Mathias Sager, Oil colours water mixable on canvas board, 27.5×22.1×0.4 cm (10.6″x8.7″x0.16″))

mathias-sager-stairways-20161103#62 Stairways (Mathias Sager, Oil colors water mixable on canvas board, 8F 46.7×38.1×0.4 cm (18.4″x15″x0.16″))

mathias-sager-rgb-ii-20161029#61 RGB II (Mathias Sager, Oil colors water mixable on wood board, 3 panels each 33.3 x 22.0 x 1.2 cm)

mathias-sager-rgb-20161029#60 RGB (Mathias Sager, oil colors water mixable on wood board, 3 panels each 22.7 x 15.8 x 1.2 cm)

mathias-sager-dripstone-cave-walk-painting-201508
#56 Dripstone cave walk (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 8F 46.7×38.1×0.4 cm (18.4″x15″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-summer-storm-painting-201608
#55 Summer storm (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 3F 27.5×22.1×0.4 cm (10.6″x8.7″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-decision-painting-201608
#53 Decision (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 6F 41.1×31.8×0.4 cm (16.2″x12.5″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-the-crowd-painting-20160730
#049 The crowd (Mathias Sager, oil colour water mixable on canvas board, 46.7×38.1×0.4 cm (18.4″x15″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-colours-of-2050-painting-201607
#043 Colours of 2050 (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, F6 41.1×31.8×0.4 cm (16.2″x12.5″x0.16″)
mathias-sager-urban-peace-painting-201606
#041 Urban peace (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 46.7×38.1×0.4 cm (18.4″x15″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-the-way-painting-201506
#040 The way (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 27.5×22.1×0.4 cm (10.6″x8.7″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-spiritual-revolution-painting-201605
#037 Spiritual revolution (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 46.7×38.1×0.4 cm (18.4″x15″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-courage-painting-201604
#033 Courage (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 46.7×38.1×0.4 cm (18.4″x15″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-from-ambition-to-purpose-painting-201604
#032 From ambition to purpose (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 53x46x0.4 cm (20.8″x18.1″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-shiatsu-intensive-painting-201603
#029 Shiatsu intensive (Mathias Sager, water mixamle oil colour on canvas board (46.7×38.1×0.4 cm (18.4″x15″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-body-and-mind-painting-201602
#027 Body and mind (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 33.5×24.3×0.4 cm (13.2″x9.6″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-eve-drop-painting-201512
#016 Tear drops (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 41.1×31.8×0.4 cm (16.2″x12.5″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-heartfelt-swimming-painting-201511
#010 Heartfelt swimming (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 33.5×24.3×0.4 cm (13.2″x9.6″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-charged-ruins-painting-201511
#006 Charged ruins (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colours on canvas board, 41.1×31.8×0.4 cm (16.2″x12.5″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-oscillating-two-lips-painting-201512
#005 Oscillating tulips (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 41.1×31.8×0.4 cm (16.2″x12.5″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-charging-the-crowd-painting-201511
#003 Charging the crowd (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 41.1×31.8×0.4 cm (16.2″x12.5″x0.16″)
mathias-sager-window-ghekko-painting-201511
#001 Window gekko (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 33.5×24.3×0.4 cm (13.2″x9.6″x0.16″))

Japan – Switzerland painting series

#081 United Colors of Humanity (Mathias Sager, oil on wood panel, F8, 455×380)

mathias-sager-culture-shock-201704#75 Culture shock (Mathias Sager, oil on wood panel, M10 530 x 333)

mathias-sager-broken-culture-painting-201703#73 Broken Cultures (Mathias Sager, oil on wood panel, F10, 530 x 450)

mathias-sager-lost-city-painting-20161224#71 Lost city (Mathias Sager, oil on wood panel, P10 530 x 410)

mathias-sager-red-ladder-facade-painting-20161130#70 Red ladder facade (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil color on wood panel, M12 606 X 410)

mathias-sager-samurai-make-up-painting-20161112#65 Samurai Make-up (Mathias Sager, oil colours water mixable on wood panel (F10 530 x 455)

mathias-sager-facade-painting-20161105#64 Facade (Mathias Sager, Oil colours water mixable, 3 wood panels each 33.3 x 19.0 x 1.2 cm)

mathias-sager-osaka-painting-201608
#54 Osaka (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 8F 46.7×38.1×0.4 cm (18.4″x15″x0.16″)
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#51 Yoyogi Park II (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 53x46x0.4 cm (20.8″x18.1″x0.16″)
mathias-sager-land-of-the-rising-sun-painting-201604
#048 Land of the Rising Sun (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 53x46x0.4 cm (20.8″x18.1″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-alp-village-201601
#039 Alp village (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 46.7×38.1×0.4 cm (18.4″x15″x0.16″)
mathias-sager-no-radiation-painting-201605
#035 No radiation (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 27.5×22.1×0.4 cm (10.6″x8.7″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-no-littering-painting-201605
#034 No littering (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 27.5×22.1×0.4 cm (10.6″x8.7″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-yoyogi-park-painting-201604
#031 Yoyogi park (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 53x46x0.4 cm (20.8″x18.1″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-never-again-fukushima-painting-201603
#028 Never again Fukushima (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 46.7×38.1×0.4 cm (18.4″x15″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-tokyo-uehara-tomigaya-hills-painting-201602
#026 Tomigaya / Uehara hills (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board (53x46x0.4 cm (20.8″x18.1″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-kanji-II-painting-201602
#025 Kanji II (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 53x46x0.4 cm (20.8″x18.1″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-shinjuku-construction-site-painting-201602
#024 Shinjuki construction site (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 46.7×38.1×0.4 cm (18.4″x15″x0.16″)). Given away.
mathias-sager-old-bridge-in-kyoto-201601
#022 Old bridge in Kyoto (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 33.5×24.3×0.4 cm (13.2″x9.6″x0.16″))
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#019 Kanji I (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 53x46x0.4 cm (20.8″x18.1″x0.16″))
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#018 Wakkanai fish market (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil painting on canvas board, 46.7×38.1×0.4 cm (18.4″x15″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-shiatsu-by-natalie-painting-201511
#017 Shiatsu (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 27.5×22.1×0.4 cm (10.6″x8.7″x0.16″)). Given away.
mathias-sager-happy-japanese-dinner-painting-20160101
#014 Happy Japanese dinner (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 46x53x0.4 cm (18.1″x20.8″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-playful-kanjis-painting-201512
#012 Playful Kanji (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 46x53x0.4 cm (18.1″20.8″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-homey-japanese-village-201511
#004 Homey Japanese village (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 41.1×31.8×0.4 cm (16.2″x12.5″x0.16″))
mathias-sager-sapporo-pontresina-painting-201512
#002 Sapporo-Pontresina (Mathias Sager, water mixable oil colour on canvas board, 46.7×38.1×0.4 cm (18.4″x15″x0.16″))

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(mathias sager – Psychology & Art)

Hello Mathias! Tell us a few words about yourself. What does a typical day look? Do you just do art, or is art just part of the picture?

Hello! Thank you very much for having me! I’m an artist, although I’m a psychologist too. I’ve decided to work part-time to dedicate sufficient time to art, painting, and related writing. During my job in a youth home as a work/learning coach, I also enjoy introducing and motivating young people to the unlimited possibilities of art, which is an insight and experience that I consider essential for personal development. In everyday life in my residential studio, I can’t wait to get up and immerse myself in the inspiring environment of finished and works in progress, their forms, colors, and meaning. This doesn’t necessarily mean early mornings, as I often paint deep into the night following intuition and inspiration as they come and flow. That way, art is always present in my daily life as a means of self-expression and empowerment of others.

Was there a pivotal moment when you decided to follow your path as an artist?

Yes. The pivotal point was when I was driving by a little homeless girl in the streets of Mumbai, India, during a business trip. The girl was about the same age as my daughter. As we looked each other in the eyes, I could no longer stand my relatively ignorant and wasteful lifestyle as a businessman. Instead, I felt to have to dedicate my life to more meaningful activities. A bit later, I lost my daughter through gatekeeping and parental alienation, representing a loss that couldn’t be worse. This cemented my pursuit of creating (painting and writing) for a more just and peaceful world. I was later able to travel to India again, this time as a psychologist and artist on a social mission. Art is a means to staying connected with my beloved daughter, the street girl in Mumbai, and all humanity. I feel satisfyingly obliged to do what I do, I see meaning in it, and it makes me happy that art always offers new opportunities to learn and teach. In this sense, it was not a decision in the sense of a career decision to become a painter, but a logical and constantly evolving consequence of cultivating the belief in the necessity and possibility of visualizing the invisible and being able to manifest positive changes. Now, after more than seven years of consistent and dedicated work, I think a professional artist’s identity has started to crystallize in a way that hopefully helps my mission going forward too.

Tell us about your artwork, medium, style, subject matter etc.

The outer world can be photographed; the inner world I have to paint. I’m capturing inner pictures and dream- and vision-like forms and ambiances that often seem to lack precision, although they are worked out into details just enough to hint at what could be meant. Acrylic paints are my medium of choice as they allow me to overpaint and layer quicker to get rough surfaces and create structures. I like to use not only brushes but to press, scratch, grind, and polish with any objects like sticks, sculpting toys, sponges, and whatever I find in my atelier. Harmonic expression through appealing forms, their distribution, and intense coloring is essential to me, as is the choice of diverse formats to capture this aesthetic. Human contours often appear on my art, sometimes even emerging in unexpected ways during the process. This isn’t surprising, though, as my psychology and art always revolve around the topic of developing human potential.

You’ve lived in Tokyo and also in Pune/India. How much is your art influenced by travel, and different cultures?

After leaving my home country permanently for so many years, I had consciously and unconsciously radically forgotten my social identity. I recognized the random and relative nature of the particular cultures into which we were born. A more global mindset than ever has certainly contributed to a diversity of my thinking and, consequently, to subjects and painting styles. From a technical point of view, learning to write Japanese characters has influenced my love for characters and shapes. Since Kanjis are often pictographic representations of objects and meanings, they have further inspired and trained my sense of symbolism. From India I have a deep love for earthy and bright colors; think spices, textiles, landscapes.

You say psychology and art belong together. Tell me more about that connection, and your process of making an artwork.

For me, art situates between science and intuition, intellect and emotion. Mostly, my creations start with thought patterns that arise from (self-)reflection. I visually process these into a piece of art, and eventually, I become the emotionally reacting and revising spectator of the work. The purpose of my psychology is less the pursuit of a conventional notion of happiness than the one of a more profound sense of meaning. That is why the fascination of ingenuity beyond mere “decorative” beauty is important to me. Art helps me to clarify and imagine a meaningfully courageous world of social criticism and renewal, to find the true self, unconditional love and the connection with all of humanity. I hope to inspire many more with the combination of psycho-philosophical texts with paintings for individual well-being and the common good.

Which artist of the past would you most like to meet, and why?

I enjoy the works and admire the lives of many artists of the past and present, but I refuse to be influenced by others; it would be contradictory to the unlearning of social conditioning that I promote. I want to show my true self, not my educated self. I want to be universally human and not a disciple of any particular doctrine. Many artists I’d be most interested in possibly didn’t become famous enough to be discoverable. At the same time, I’m not sure if it is always a good sign for the famous artists to have been selected to fit into the history books of wars, humanitarian crises, and ongoing environmental degradation. While I’m optimistic regarding human potential, it often appears that the world didn’t become a healthier, happier, and more peaceful place so far. I’d like to meet future artists who not only contribute to a revamp of capitalism but who do increase awareness of true humanism. Nevertheless, if I could go back and meet an artist of the past, I would meet somebody like young artist Adolf Hitler and try to help him through the difficult times of his ruined dream to become a professional artist as he saw it after repeated rejection by modern art institutions. As a result, he lived in frustration and self-doubt and out of need to survive as an artist in cheap apartments and even homeless shelters. If he had felt worthy, accepted and capable despite the rejection of others, he may have continued to paint Mother Mary with the Holy Child, quiet houses on lakes with mountains and seek peaceful creativity instead of following destructive external power and confirmation as the dictator of the Nazi regime.

Share some interesting facts about your art with us.

As I do with Zen Shiatsu massages, for example, energy is put into the work. That’s why the originality of every piece is important to me. Every painting contains a spirit. Interestingly, people who acquired my paintings often stay in contact with me, and as they travel the artworks travel with them and the positive energy expands too.

Could you expand on your concept of ‘Awareness Intelligence’?

Today’s scientific and popular notion of social intelligence is still limited to “me” and “we.” As I published in my psychology dissertation, I’ve systematically added the extra-personal level of ‘they, all humanity’ to a coherent framework combining all social/human connectedness levels to all modes of time (the past, present, and future). The socio-temporal spot(s) our thinking mostly orients towards creates our worldview that has significant psychological and behavioral implications. Most of today’s problems stem from a lack of awareness related to the extra-future, i.e., the consistent thinking about how we connect to all humanity and the future. This may sound logical and easy; however, to truly making the extra-personal future to one’s purposeful identity requires the ability to abandon much of the desire for (material) security, giving up the need for approval from others, and radically accepting our very own mortality, respectively, our true essence that is the soul. More detailed explanations and illustrations about the concept, applications, and benefits of Awareness Intelligence can be found on my blog www.mathias-sager.com.

Are there any upcoming shows or workshops we should know about?

Art is inherent to the services I offer as a psychologist and vice versa. I always welcome people in my atelier for self-reflection and painting experiences. In terms of shows and projects, I’m currently preparing for a contribution to the book ‘Artists Anthology. Contemporary Art 2021: Madrid Edition.’ which will be presented at the Fine Arts Circule in Madrid to clients, artists, art galleries, and cultural institutions on October 15th, 2021. Copies of the ISBN registered book will be deposited in the National Library of Spain. Also, I got invited to exhibit chosen works at the ‘M.A.D.S. contemporary physical gallery’ in Milano in February/March (on the topic of ‘Gaia’), including a multimedia-setup, digital channels, live streaming, and reportage with critical reviews and catalog of the exhibition.

Do you see your art as serving a purpose beyond art?

Absolutely, as it hopefully became evident from my previous answers. Art is the most serious thing in the world, albeit business is often seen as such. As I understand it, art is about finding the true meaning of life and a deeper sense of existence, exploring the true and visible beauty of nature, and uncovering hidden potential and imagining ill-considered possibilities. Suddenly, not the overarching relevance of art but the ‘scarce resources’ game of (commercial) institutions appears to be trivial. It was never organizations that really started to change the world for the better, but rather individuals who bravely and artfully came forward to question the current state of affairs.

What are you currently working on, and what is next for you?

I’m working on becoming stronger, more self-sufficient, and radiating the change I want to see as a role model myself. On that journey, I’ve experienced that inspiration never fails to show up precisely in the right moment. Therefore, I haven’t planned anything else than staying dedicated, listening/watching and expressing in my art what’s showing up inside. I know exactly my direction towards making a significant difference for a healthier and more peaceful world (individually and collectively), but not the exact path leading there. I trust that the dots will connect at some point going forward, be it during or after my lifetime.