Thomas Gatzemeier HEAVEN + BODY painting and graphics

Michaela Helfrich
Oct 9, 2014 7:26PM

Thomas Gatzemeier heaven & body painting and graphics,    Photographs by Horst Kistner                                          18th October - 22nd November 2014

No school and no style associated with the works Gatzemeiers are characterized by a dual nature , the Apollonian and the Dionysian , the Eros and Thanatos . He owes the mastery of his drawing and painting techniques to his unique education. He learned - the now extinct - craft of script and poster painting before studying painting and graphics at the HGB Leipzig under Arno Rink and Volker Stelzmann . At the time the "Academy of the 19th century ", offering subjects such as anatomy and perspective, today one of the many academies in Germany. Even before being expatriated in 1986, he got rid of the shackles of the purely academic and took part in a frenzy of painting that created clearly structured compositions. Gatzemeier resisted the genius gesture and built his paintings layer by layer into an organic pigment. The figure is rarely lost in these seemingly abstract paintings but always becomes a base impulse of his work. After this excessive excursion into the world of body phantoms and convulsive color structures his images become clearer and his drawings conquer back the room. 

Michaela Helfrich Galerie Berlin                                         Herrfurthstraße 29                                                                 12049  Berlin-Neukölln                                                          Germany                                                                               +49 (0) 30-6299880                                                               +49 (0)179-3400341                                                           [email protected]                               


1. Thomas Gatzemeier Die Gartnerin 2009 oil on canvas           160 x 100cm                                                                       2. Thomas Gatzemeier  Hundestilleben mit Pferd 2014             Acrylic, Ink on Paper 31 x 485cm                                     3. Thomas Gatzemeier Le Ciel 2007 oil on canvas                      180 x160cm





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