AT WORK: MY ART AND TECHNIQUE
Some call me “The last living big Artist”. I am grateful and thankful for this. From the early 60s on I established studios in Paris, London, Berlin, and in the U.S.
I have to be honest, from the beginning of my artistic career I was influenced by German expressionism. Throughout my early years in Berlin, I focused more on city settings and characters of the fringes of society. But as soon as I went to Paris for a while, I enjoyed the city’s nightlife with all its facets. My realistic approach faded away. I started to develop a much more spontaneous and dynamic style of painting. This continued throughout my years in London and when I went back to Berlin. We called this time “Berliner Neue Wilden” at the beginning of the 80s. This was the time when intensive and lurid colors and the absence of realistic representation have become my new me. That was my new way of painting. I started to apply the quick brushstrokes, impasto techniques, and the images were now additionally abstracted by the use of graffiti elements. Since then, I preferred to paint about the desire for freedom. The freedom from social constraints and conventions. I have been painting since the past 50 years numerous large and small scale paintings, sculptures and objects in oil and mixed media on canvas, sculptures in wood and steel and majolicas. All this, still with my original techniques from Picasso, Miro and Dali in mind. Remembering the times when we used to work together.