HEITSCH GALLERY celebrates Henning von Gierke’s 70th birthday with a retrospective that spans several decades of painting.
Henning von Gierke’s realistic way of painting riveted the public for five decades. With his 1.600 artworks, he questions the modern man within the context of nature, religion and philosophy. He paints places of yearning while being very laconic and discrete, which animate the spectator to add his/her personal memories, wishes and emotions to the pictures. Henning von Gierke is not only an acclaimed painter, but a director and a production designer as well (e.g. Kaspar Hauser, Woyzeck, Fitzcarraldo, Nosferatu). He was awarded the Deutscher Filmpreis in gold and the Silberner Bär for his stage designs which can be considered three-dimensional picture compositions.
On occasion of the artist’s 70th birthday Joerg Heitsch presents a monographic show of his oeuvre. Von Gierke discovered his passion for art while still young and deems working in his atelier as an indispensable part of each and every day. He finished school in 1969 with the Abitur. Since then he has been working as a freelance artist, production and stage designer. Since 1970 Henning von Gierke has held 50 solo shows and participated in art fairs across Europe, the US and Japan. Due to his “staged” realism, his pictorial language with a subtle coloration and his occidental-mythological subjects, Gierke must not only be considered a representative of 21st century realistic painting, but also a veritable storyteller.
The well-renowned art critic Gottfried Knapp described Gierke’s art as follows: “Henning von Gierke has gathered momentum as a painter. He reflects on visual phenomena, which he encounters while traveling, gifted with the precision of painters who have studied the Old Masters. He takes us into existing landscapes, which have been poeticized through light and meteorological events, or in interiors, which exude a peculiar charm. Modern day personae, who could have posed for the Old Masters, are juxtaposed with cited museum exhibits. In other pictures, he re-interprets antique and Christian myths: he narrates these famous stories while staying true to his own language.” According to Knapp, Henning von Gierke is capable of condensing both the imaginative and the experienced into a picture.
Henning von Gierke considers painting to be the most important genre of art. Werner Herzog – his longstanding friend and colleague – wrote in the preface to the publication “Flowing Gold”: “As if a whole world were to fall into silence before our eyes – that is the effect Henning von Gierke’s pictures have on the viewer.” His figures can be found in Dürer’s or Monet’s sceneries or contemplate next to/ in front of their paintings. Von Gierke enters into a dialogue with his predecessors and heroes. He joins the ranks of the great painters, whose work he considers as the humus, the soil for his artistry.
HEITSCH GALLERY presents the impressive oeuvre of an outstanding artist and is looking forward to the next decade of painting.