b. (as Georg Kern) in 1938, Deutschbaselitz
The German painter, printmaker and sculptor confronted the art world in the early 1960s with large-format, expressively coloured, figurative paintings. He was inspired by the painting style of Lovis Corinth and the Expressionists. He found his artistic hallmark in 1969, when he broke with all convention and turned his landscapes, portraits and nudes upside down. The effect was to negate pictorial space and bring the materiality of paint and the dynamic energy of the painterly gesture to the fore. Materiality is also the overriding artistic concern in the roughly hewn and occasionally painted wooden sculptures he has produced since the late 1970s. His most recent works (called the “Russian Paintings”) offer an experimental, ironic perspective upon iconic works of Socialist Realism from the period of his youth.