This is my re-start in ART!
As a young man, as student, I was surroundet by other young art talents and draw myself some kind of POPART drawings/paintings. I got some influence from artist of the Group Zero (Uecker, Piene, Mack...) and others like HAP Grieshaber and Erich Hauser, very radical art at that time. From that point on I was always interested in all kind of ART. I visited museums, galleries around the world and I walked even into artists studios and made friendships with some great artist of the time. In the US, I met Sam Tschakalian in San Francisco who then was then very influential about my thinking about art and he became over time a very good friend of mine.
After my carreer in the IT and consulting business, I decided to go back to my real roots and now I´m a professional artist (I think).
I have no problems finding inspiration or themes I would like to build on, but I very seldom plan my work ahead. The process of "making" is the center of my work. Paintings come out...
I am old, but too young to look for a personal style or ductus(characteristics to have an undistinguishable note at my paintings, I ike to experience with new material or styles and themes, but stay as a conservative painter! I´m committed to quality and responsibility for my work.
As a young man, I droped in at Kleine Galerie in Schwenningen, Germany where I grew up. One of the owners (Felix Schlenker) showed me his collection of Art, including some Minimal Art, Monochrome art and other for me complete new sensations. He spoke about artist from the Gruppe Zero (Uecker, Piene, Klein...) and more local artist like HAP Grieshaber and Erich Hauser. I visited this artists nearby in their studios and I thought, this is my art!
In the following years as a professional in the IT market, I was working very hard and long hours, but never lost my interest in art. I visited all the major museums and collections worldwide and dropped in at many artist sudios. So I met Sam Tschakalian in San Francisco. A friend introduced me to him, I attended some of his lectures at the San Francisco Art Institute at Chestnut Street and got impressed about his energy and inspirational attitude. At that time I spent a lot of time in the US around Silicon Valley, and in my free moments I visited Sam at his studio and we became friends. I talked him out one of his smaller work, because the large pieces would have been to expensive to ship to Germany. So his painting arrived in Germany, had to stay for one more year before its oil colour didn´t stink any more, but now it has followed me to each place I moved.
I believe, some of his talks are filtered into my genes and he is with me when I paint my work and I stop working when I think, he would be pleased with the outcome.
I think, I do modern art but with a traditional (you may call it old fashioned) background philosophy, committed to quality in detail and presentation.
An example of one of my very early work in the early 1970th...