Mixed Media, Rust on Metal
16 x 47 in
41 x 119 cm
Artspace Warehouse (Los Angeles)
Gerhard Völkle was born 1953 in Lörrach, Germany and studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule Basel, Switzerland. His connection to the Spanish island Lanzarote and fascination with the ubiquitous volcanic rocks has long been reflected in his artworks.
In addition to abstract painting, his main interest is increasingly sculptural groups and representations of people in paintings and metal sculptures with highly detailed gestures. Using silhouette-like outlines and oxidizing colors, Völkle depicts people in expressive postures and gestures.
This 16 inch high by 47 inch wide original mixed media artwork on steel is ready to hang. It is signed by the artist on the front of the painting. Free local Los Angeles area delivery. Affordable U.S. and worldwide shipping. A certificate of authenticity issued by the gallery is included.
In order to capture the same color and structure as his metalworks on canvas, he is using the same medium, the rust. 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 decided by his hand. The process of oxidation takes over and transforms the canvas into a breathing body. As clear and defined the minimalist forms are, alive become their surfaces.
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Gerhard Völkle was born in 1953 in Lörrach, Germany. After completing his studies at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Basel, he studied at the Kunstakademie in Bad Reichenhall. Inspired by the volcanic rocks in the Spanish island of Lanzarote, he began painting with rust. The unpredictability of the oxidation make his work dynamic and allows them to change and evolve overtime.
The connection to the island of Lanzarote and the fascination with the volcanic rock found there, has long been reflected in Völkle’s process. In his most recent works, which are created under the series "Rust traces - Colored Oxidations", he turns his attention more to the colors and the fire spewing from Lanzarote's mountains.
Völkle uses his rust painting technique in both sculptures and on canvas. The employment of rust as a medium allows oxidation to take over each artwork and consequently creates an unpredictable, everchanging surface. Each painting shows dynamic characters in a variety of poses and in various states of movement. The artist uses the absence of detail an unconventional media that is always changing to emphasize silhouetted characters that are also in perpetual motion.
Since 2001 his work has been exhibited in France, Switzerland, and Germany. Notable collectors include New Zealand businesmann Graeme Hart, and actor Jesse Tylor Ferguson. Gerhard Völkle lives and works in Binzen, Germany.
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