Born in London in 1970, Cornelius grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina until the return to his birthplace in 1978. From 1989 to 1993 he studied Art at Middlesex University followed by an honours degree at Goldsmiths University. He then worked in various studios, holding solo shows and led a peripatetic life in England and abroad selling his work to individual clients until his move to Chamonix, France in 2000 to concentrate on his art. From this time he has held various solo and group shows in London and abroad with growing success. He now lives in Scotland with his Family and completed his Masters in Painting at Glasgow School of Art in 2018 .
“Since leaving Goldsmiths College, I have focused my work on the natural world, inspired by the British Romantic Movement, traveling, documenting, and capturing the essence and spirit of the landscape.
My paintings tackle the perception and tension between the surface and image of a painting , depth and surface, are we looking at the painting as a physical object or a window.
There are also parallels to what we perceive as what is apparent and what is presumed, what we know to be the truth or real and what lies beneath the surface of apparent truth.
My paintings blend a scientific study of paint on canvas and the organic properties it can achieve by mixing, pouring and manipulating paint to represent a sublime notion of my subject.
The process of creating is at the base of the work, guiding and manipulating the flow of liquids and paint, mimicking nature, organic growth.
There is an element of accident and chance in the work but with the artist's hand as a guide. The challenge is to organize and mirror nature through paint and composition in a coherent and aesthetic way.
I have also been thinking about my attraction to be near empty open spaces, especially moving back to the city again , I find my self longing for open expanses of sky and land and feelings of escapism
The processes I employ with paint try to capture the organic and spontaneous nature of the landscape”.