About BSAG – The Bittersweetart Gallery
Enjoy the bittersweet taste of our artworks and consider becoming also a member of Philophilia.
Who am I
Welcome to my art gallery, my name is Roland Kipper, I am a modest art lover and art collector, grown up in Romania, living in Germany (Mannheim), since ’78, being in my late fifties.
“Bittersweet”, what is this about?
The taste of knowledge and wisdoms, gained through living a vast life, full of true love – the wonderful power of the creation – sweet on the one side and the terrible pain we feel, when the creation and love is destroyed, bitter on the other side, with us and everything surrounds us, in between.
This taste, I name bittersweet.
Dramatic irony art
We are all lead to play the different parts in this drama, in a lifetime, switching between the role of the stage director, taking decision (not really knowing where it leads), changing to the main protagonist (not carrying about the drama, or not seeing it, when it comes to fulfill ourselves), to the role of the spectator, not being able to intervene (in the ancient dramatic composition, we call it the dramatic irony). Living the life conscious but also spiritual, in the act of staying above, I need art and especially bittersweet art, a more deeper concepted art, showing both sides. This helps me reflect each day different, as we are: a different person, each new day…
Why I need bittersweet art
When I look at an artwork, I need to taste both tastes (bitter and sweet). I need to identify all the main roles I play (dramatic irony), and I need to see the crap in the dark, where the light shines in as also the crap in the light, where the darkness invades the space. This is for me the art that I consider valuable, in the long-term view.
Being able to admit that in this world where time seems to flow in one direction, where everything created is doomed to vanish, I need to reflect where I stand between these two main forces. Looking at one of my favorite artists and their bittersweet artworks, I know at a glance, were I stand for the moment and which direction I head for, reaching a higher consciousness. spiritually involving, with just one look. I need this exercise, over and over, daily and having a masterpiece of bittersweet art on the wall, helps me straighten my inner view.
You cannot see the light, without the dark and vice versa…
Pain and suffering quote - Dostoevsky
“Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart…”
– wrote Fyodor Dostoevsky.
Role of art in my life
Art was and will always be my refuge, it helped me in good times and bad times to reflect with my inner me and evolute spiritually. Inspired by the mood of Sergiu Grapa’s artworks (one of my favorite contemporary surrealism artists), I ordered several artworks reflecting love and pain. Sergiu Grapa created an impressive collection of graphics and digital artworks, exclusively for me, which he entitled Bittersweet (to be seen here).
Sergiu Grapa – Bittersweet 1
Offered in our acuctions, for a charity scope
He’s artworks express for me in such an intelligent way, the ambivalence between pleasure and pain, power and submissiveness, suffering and lust, gain and loss, expectations and disappointment, creation and destruction, life and death – with other words the ambiguity we live as beings, between the two main forces surrounding us (the destructive power of violence, abuse and death and the infinite divine power of creation) and the power of our free will, above all, forcing us to act and to take decisions, blindly, the perfect dramatic irony stage, where we incorporate all main parts, inspired by our subconscious curiosity call to taste from the desire and love, the above, the underneath and the sides of life, searching for inspiration to reflection, we put ourselves back on track, finally with only one certitude on our way of searching our each meaning of life, our appeal, that all will end one day. But until then, let us live and let’s fly, let us enjoy the beauty of the bittersweet, here so wonderfully expressed in artworks, created by artists with deep emotional understanding and vast expression forms.
About BSAG and the auctions for Philophilia
I always had a passion for the bittersweet (feeling attracted by the impact between the main two forces, experiencing it’s powerplays in various ways, always concerned to play safe, sane and conensual, something that in the world outside, we rarely meet) and always considered art (all forms of art), as food for soul.
Growing out, I decided to dedicate the rest of my life to the power of love, which I consider it to be completely different than any power in this universe (for me coming from the “other” side), since it never consumes, no matter how much we spend, we even do not feel exhausted, when we give it unconditional, quite the contrary, the given love (unconditional love, something quite hard to achieve), returns to the giver. The “gaining” is obvious: We feel wonderfull when we give love and the love we give returns to us, resulting in reachness, that canot be obtain or replaced through anything else.
Therefore, I am in the process of founding the NPO Philophilia, the place where love is lived and shared, unconditional, a kind of harbor for love friends. I am about to donate all my artworks to the Philophilia NPO and I am about to launch a fundraising campaign, together with my philophils.
My own collection of art, will be sold through auctions here: Auctions for Philophilia
Digital artworks - prints
In our shop, you can purchase giclée’s in a limited number of copies from the digital artworks (printed on pigment ink photo paper or canvas at highest giclée quality – proper for archiving), all prints are numbered and signed originally by the artist, accompanied by a certificate of origin. A major part of the revenues are donated to the Philophilia NPO. More about Philophilia, shortly here.