Christoph Steinmeyer

German, b. 1967

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Christoph Steinmeyer

German, b. 1967

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The fantastical paintings of Christoph Steinmeyer form their own genre, incorporating a mix of Romantic European tradition, portraiture, and Surrealism. Steinmeyer begins his process with a historical painting, enacts digital manipulations upon it—removing heads or physically distorting the composition—and then paints it anew. Despite multiple transformations, the works retain much of their original essence and a recognizable structure. “If it was just the transformation from analog to digital, you wouldn’t be able to sense this transformation,” he says. “One can see and feel the original sources coming from historical backgrounds. It’s an evolution […].” Steinmeyer’s transformations might include the subject of a Titian portrait rendered headless in deep swirls, or Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze’s famous Washington Crossing the Delaware (1851) translated into semi-abstract waves of color.

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The fantastical paintings of Christoph Steinmeyer form their own genre, incorporating a mix of Romantic European tradition, portraiture, and Surrealism. Steinmeyer begins his process with a historical painting, enacts digital manipulations upon it—removing heads or physically distorting the composition—and then paints it anew. Despite multiple transformations, the works retain much of their original essence and a recognizable structure. “If it was just the transformation from analog to digital, you wouldn’t be able to sense this transformation,” he says. “One can see and feel the original sources coming from historical backgrounds. It’s an evolution […].” Steinmeyer’s transformations might include the subject of a Titian portrait rendered headless in deep swirls, or Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze’s famous Washington Crossing the Delaware (1851) translated into semi-abstract waves of color.

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