To build a bridge between
different worlds of expression, to span the abyss between
the diversity of human minds, to reach out for the sublime,
that is my challenge.
Therefore I have to maneuver in
a battlefield between old techniques and the new expressions
of our time. That means to work in two directions all the
time, one way from the old masters of the 19th century
especially the drawing skills of the so called Copenhagen
school with a very profound technical base, and the other
way a freedom of expression, that is the only highway to the
description of our time and the dreams and goals of present
life. One could express it in another way saying, that I
make modern myths in my fabulating paintings. But on the
other hand the technical skills acquired from the drawing
exercises are a necessity for getting the freedom that makes
the fabulations possible.
By creating the nonverbal myths
on my canvasses I hope to reach the onlooker in a way that
brings our minds together so we can walk the paths of
understanding - dreaming the very old dreams of humanity.
Therefore I work very intensely
with drawings of the human and the animal form, a work that
has been going on for many years. This work is in every way
necessary for the creation of my fabulations in oil and
acrylic on canvas often in big measures.
Of course one asks: When will it
stop, when is the goal conquered, when will I have painted
the picture that is so high and wild I will never need to
paint another. But that is not the way it works, it is
rather like a well from which I divert the power and the
questions that leads to the next painting. It is a never
ending process, and every time a peak has been reached,
there is another one to be climbed.
Therefore my work as an artist
is a very serious business but at the same time a great
source of joy and understanding.