Updated: Jan 20, 2022
In the meantime, I have been painting intensively again for over two years, but after a break of almost 30 years, I have lost a lot and have to re-learn a lot. In that sense, I am still at the very beginning of my path and I am still far from my goals. On my way, I take my time and like to be inspired, and through images and video material from the internet, I get new impulses and I also keep learning new technics.
In my learning process I am also intensively engaged with the works of other artists and am constantly inspired by them in all aspects. Some important sources of inspiration for me at the moment are:
South African Ryan Hewett with his grandiose abstracted portraits
The Greek Christos Tsimaris, who lives in London and has created an incredibly impressive and diverse series of self-portraits over the course of a year
The Canadian Andrew Salgado, who also lives in London, gives his portraits an incredible density in a completely different way. An impressive documentary was filmed about their creation over several months.
The Frenchman Edouard Labrosse, with his figures that literally get under your skin. By the way, he not only paints, but also makes graphic works and animations that are just as expressive. One example is the wonderfully poetic animated film 'La dernière feulle'.
The US-American Malcolm T. Liepke, with his realistic portraits, which often are a little too sweet for my taste, but which he seemingly throws onto the canvas with dashing brushstrokes in sometimes daring colours, which is something I really admire about his technique.