Leszek Skurski was born in Gdansk and has lived and worked in Fulda for many years. His pictures tell of an infinite expanse without horizon and boundaries, mostly kept only in white. But this white is laid out in many sensitive layers, have the finest nuances and challenge the eye to explore the sensitive brushstrokes, strong putty surfaces and finest traces of work. In this multi-layered white, Skurski sketches his people with a few striking brushstrokes, seemingly helplessly exposed to emptiness, but also acting with confidence. These skillfully abstracted individuals assert themselves confidently in their boundlessly vast surroundings. And it is precisely this powerful contrast of infinite surface and small human figures that creates this strong dramaturgy of his paintings.
Yoon Chung Kim was born in South Korea and has now been studying for several semesters at the Nuremberg Art Academy. Her works we exhibit in our gallery for the first time publicly. On mostly monochrome color surfaces are skillfully abstracted with a few deliberately placed brushstrokes figures that aptly define a child, a woman or a man. The paintings are calm and very exciting at the same time. Despite the strong abstraction, spatiality plays an important role in Kim's work. She uses few and mostly pure colors to model her figures into an intense spatial representation. Facial expressions and postures are clearly captured, but with a convincing reduction of brushstrokes. Each brushstroke is long considered before it is executed. This restrained setting of the color areas testifies to great sensitivity.
Josef Hirthammer documents with his pictures for more than 3 decades the great cycle contemporaries. He captures the appearance of his fellow men in the present time, consciously as a contemporary document. Beauty and youth mania as primary characteristics of his contemporaries. The technique Josef Hirthammer uses to create his latest works he calls fusionism. He fuses photography, digital design on the computer and classical painting into one work of art. These 3 design possibilities merge into an inseparable unity.
A vast, seemingly infinite plain forms the foundation for the scene: As if from nowhere, people appear on the surface of the image. They emerge from layers rich in nuances of light white or hazy gray, leaving plenty of room for interpretation. The artist Leszek Skurski, who is a native of Poland, repeatedly devotes his paintings to figurative storytelling. In his works, he depicts many stories, that remain open-ended and allow the most diverse interpretations. They are paintings depicting narratives that seem to have paused or stopped in action, and Skurski captures these forms with a narrative density. Many evanescent moments of our existence and interactions are captured on the canvas like excerpts or snapshots between their occurrence and disappearance. Hence, the images of the artist, who lives and works in Fulda, are reminiscent of film stills or still images that outline a content, character, or mood.
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Josef Hirthammer has been working as a visual artist for over 40 years. His œuvre is extremely complex and defies categorization. The broad artistic range is reflected in the different design mediums, such as painting, drawing, photography, digital painting, sculpture, and installations. In terms of content, Josef Hirthammer focuses on portraits as well as ecological and philosophical themes, which he approaches through his work series. He is an outspoken nature enthusiast who transforms his encounters with nature into art objects. He is primarily interested in the producing, generating, creative, and active nature, which becomes effective from itself and which in the philosophical tradition has been equated with the source of all finite things. The artist, who lives and works in Fürth, views nature as a macro- and microcosm of its own with a unique aesthetic. This way of thinking provides him with inspiration for his works of art.
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