Gerhard Voelkle

Gerhard Völkle


Gerhard Völkle was born 1953 in Lörrach, Germany and studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule Basel, Switzerland. The connection to the Spanish island Lanzarote and the fascination with the ubiquitous volcanic rocks has long been reflected in his artworks.

A special technique to create metal oxidation allows Völkle to work with real rust which creates amazing visual effects. The final outcome of the artwork is removed from the artist’s control as the process of oxidation takes over and transforms the canvas into a breathing body. The clear and defined minimalist forms come alive through their surfaces.