five examples from the creative
phase of so called Critical Realism.
“....was formulated in the middle of the 1980s. I was looking for new opportunities of expression that corresponded to my new attitude towards life and awareness. Colour entered my work as an independent element; my themes and picture content changed to reflect an image of people and the world that had developed further. Art connoisseurs still associate my name with Critical Realism, since I was one of the artists who represented this movement. This realism is an important part of my history as a maker of visual images, and I achieved a certain degree of renown with it back then. But I no longer felt/feel the need to ‘serve’ expectations like this. Furthermore, I was slowly retreating from the art scene: at the beginning of the 1990s I started to teach in Mainz, then I roamed around Morocco and last but not least, began working in my studio in Berlin. A friend of mine, an art historian, recently called my current works ‘pictures from the realm of shadows’ and I’m quite happy with this label. I have now retreated to my Berlin studio, concentrating on my work and living outside of the art market or the art scene...”