Painting

Hidden in the depths of rock and earth.

Crowned with flowers which fell from the sky.

Streams pouring out of his hands.

Illuminated by love and fire, by sun and moon.

He is waiting – the mountain king.

 

In my mind there is a wild amalgam of music and folk tales, of myth and modern fantasy all situated in the mountains. Inside my head the theme of Peer Gynt is ringing and with my inner eye I can see rugged mountains tower over dark forests. I can feel ice-cold water drops on my skin and taste mouldy air in my lungs. Images and feelings fuelled by myths of Wayland the smith, of Tolkien’s dwarfs, of the Greek god Hephaistos or modern classics like Ronia the Robber’s daughter. But the one tale which never left my heart and mind is the story of Laurin the Dwarven King of the Rosengarten, which I learned from my father while driving through Italy.

The Rosengarten is the name of a mountain massif in the Dolomites in northern Italy. The impressive mountains have a soft pink hue and they are famous for glowing during sunsets (Alpenglühen). The saga of King Laurin is a folkloristic attempt to explain the phenomena of Alpenglow.

I'll just disappear, allright?

Acrylic on canvas

60 x 40 cm

2017

Painting


Fantasy is a woman on a paperback book of the 90ties. Fantasy is an elven maid hidden in a field of summer flowers. Fantasy is the rotten mushroom dripping with slime. Fantasy is daydreaming yourself into a novel. Fantasy is the fight against horror. Fantasy is the smell of adventure in a deep forest. Fantasy is hope.

 

 

Backstory

Fantasy is no easy topic for me as it is saturated with thousands of images. I am an avid reader of fantasy novels… sometimes it seems I eat these books. And books come with cover images, which I find hard to blank out. My first ideas of this topic were so stereotypical. Ok the next few ideas were also stereotypical. And as I noticed all my ideas were – yes stereotypical, I decided to work with them. In the back of my memory was the famous ink and water color painting ‘mountain ghost’ from Hua Sanchaun and my solution was to blend my kitschy fantasy cover illustrations with his composition. To lend my interpretation a kind of poisonous quality I used mainly cold colors and used neon hues to set accents and highlights. The mountain ghost I transformed into a reproachful looking fairy who is now a ruler of a dark and mysterious secret land. As Hua Sanchuan depicted wild animals which turned tame at the feet of the mountain ghost, I painted half eaten mushrooms which surround the female figure like guards. Forest and wildlife are no longer clearly visible in my interpretation but a billowing mass of abstract forms in the pond and misty background. And everything is illuminated by a sickly and bloated moon.

 

 

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It's Arminius not Hermann

Acrylic on canvas

60 x 80 cm

2017

Drunken from the deep sea

Acrylic on canvas

60 x 80 cm

2018

Please, never never...

Acrylic on canvas

60 x 80 cm

2018

The mountain king


 

Acrylic on paper

30 x 40 cm

2019

Multifeet

Acrylic on paper

30 x 42 cm

2018

Misty heights

Acrylic on paper

42 x 30 cm

2018

Don't look at the stars

Acrylic on paper

42 x 30 cm

2018

Und siehe ein weißes Pferd

Acrylic on paper

30 x 42 cm

2018

Equinia is an ongoing series of paintings which showcases landscapes and beings built in screaming colours: ordinary and outlandish at the same time. The pastose paint sucks the observers into secret worlds which only enfold after deeper contemplation.

 

1

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 24 cm

2017

2

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 24 cm

2017

4

Acrylic on canvas

50 x 40 cm

2017

The dust of a story

Acrylic + pencil on paper

42 x 30 cm

2018

The pond

Acrylic + marker on paper

42 x 30 cm

2018

There is always snow above

Acrylic + embroidery on paper

42 x 30 cm

2018

There is always hope

Acrylic on canvas

60 x 80 cm

2018

The white deer

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 24 cm

2017

Bugs Bunny is kissing you

Acrylic and cardboard on canvas

50 x 50 cm

2017

I still feel your kiss

Acrylic on canvas

30 x 40 cm

2018

The blotch

Acrylic + cardboard on canvas

50 x 50 cm

2018

I'll just disappear, allright

I'll just disappear, allright?

Acrylic on canvas

40 x 60 cm

2017

I'll just disappear, allright?

Acrylic on canvas

60 x 40 cm

2017

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