“The longer you look at a painting by Weischer, the less you know for sure.”
– Cees Nooteboom
Weischer’s paintings balance between reality and imagination. Secular painterly themes like the interior and the landscape are the key motifs in his oeuvre. Weischer is interested in the historical perspective of painting; both the medium as well as the classical system of representation.
Weischer’s investigation into the depiction of three-dimensional space is of great importance in his work. He ignores the laws of classical perspective and rather dictates his own. Weischer applies collage-like painted elements and builds on imagery that is as diverse as wallpaper motives, mosaic floors, windows sills, pieces of furniture, loose bricks or part walls, and the occasional reference to a figure or element in settings that range from desolate rooms to lush fields in the countryside. In doing so, Weischer’s special painting technique plays a distinctive part. Like a mason, he constructs his pictures with paint, layer over layer, literally building the image on the canvas.
The multiple layers in Weischer’s work reflect a continuous search for uniting void and substance. His interest in the process of building a composition and searching for the equilibrium of chaos and harmony, places his work on the edge of reality and illusion.
About the artist
From 1995 to 2000 Matthias Weischer studied at the Leipzig Academy where he received his Master with honor in 2003. He is considered to be one of the prominent German painters of his generation (together with Daniel Richter and Neo Rauch). Weischer was the protégé of the British artist David Hockney through the Rolex Mentor & Protégé Arts Initiative. Since 2001 his work is internationally exhibited, for example in London (2003), Miami (2004), at the Venice Biennial, with solo exhibitions at the Cleveland Museum of Art and at the Gemeentemuseum The Hague. His work is part of institutional and private collections, such as The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Gemeentemuseum The Hague; Museum Voorlinden, Wassenaar; Arken Museum of Modern Art; Museum der Bildende Künste, Leipzig; Arario Collection, Korea; the Rubell Family Collection, Miami; the Ovitz Collection, Los Angeles and the Collection Susan and Michael Hort, New York.
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