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Gerd Rautert
O
vercoming difficult challenges, German expressionist
Gerd Rautert
continues to be inspired by life’s invaluable lessons, love and its
loss, and a belief in the greatness of God. His works are self-perceptive,
submitting to intuition, often using written words to connect with his
subconscious, his deity and ultimately his viewers. Each expression
serves to re-affirm his need to be open, touching the viewer, revealing
who the artist is in subtle ways. Rautert’s spontaneous use of colors,
lines, and movement evoke feelings that are initially elusive, yet
surprisingly revealing upon circumspection. He seeks to “find unity and
to be, the eternal thing,” notes Rautert. as he explores the complexity
of the human condition, “Art is my mirror; the work am I,” concludes
the artist. With each brushstroke, he expresses a life’s experience, a
challenge, an adversity overcome. The feelings portrayed are emphatic,
tactile, palpable in their intensity.
In some respects, Rautert’s art seems purposefully didactic, arousing
contemplation and deep introspection. His faces and figures, enveloped
in a vivid kaleidoscope of colors, lines and forms, convey what it means
to be human, addressing through insightful imagery man’s relentless
journey of self-discovery. Rautert prefers acrylics and ink on canvas,
expressing emotions with artistry and conviction, denying no truths,
invoking narratives that challenge and, in some cases, expose human
frailty. Some works are intentionally confrontational, moving the viewer
to arrive at conclusions that are both unexpected and self-conscious.
Other works obliquely suggest meaning through metaphor, drawing
on imagination and impulse to convey their message. Through style,
symmetry and symbolism, Rautert moves the eye and mind to behold
more than paint or ink on canvas. Here is where kunstmaler meets
creator, where brushstroke meets stroke of genius.
Grandmother’s Vase in Psychoanalysis
Mixed Media on Canvas 15.5” x 12”
Gerd in his Studio
I’ll Bring What has Been and What Is to Come
Mixed Media on Canvas 12” x 8”
T
he abstract acrylic and mixed media work of American artist
Marissa
Mule
are as vibrantly lush with color as they are symbolically complex.
Working in an abstract expressionist style, Mule has developed a specific
approach in her work, creating free flowing lines threaded throughout
compositions defined by her unique use of color, texture, and geometric
form. To achieve this, she uses a pouring technique to create bold drip-
like patterns and different kinds of tape to emphasize line quality. What
emerges are technical patterns and brilliant collages that convey deep visual
meaning and imbue emotional expression throughout the work.
For Mule, the abstract quality of her painting is critical, as it allows her to work
freely and expressively, “in the heart of the moment, without any references.”
Here, line and geometric pattern are wielded to open up entirely new vistas
of visual expression. With each painting, the viewer is invited to step into
a new world guided by intuition and defined by individual expression. As
Mule explains, “My paintings are an escape into freedom.”
Marissa Mule currently lives and works as an artist, writer, and designer in
New York City.
Tape Painting 1
Acrylic & Mixed Media on Canvas 60” x 40”
Marissa Mule
T
hough
Felix Semper
works in many different modes, his work is
always haunting, physically expressive, and entirely surprising.
Semper works in oil, acrylic, and charcoal among others; his influences
tend toward Abstract Expressionism on one canvas and Surreal figural
studies on the next; he even switches between color and black-
and-white with whiplash speed. The universal aesthetic traits are
the coursing energy that inhabits every brushstroke, be it dabbed,
streaked, or dripped, and the great importance of line. Semper parses
out background, depth, and often color in favor of creating intricate
compositions out of beautifully intertwined lines and planes.
Besides these technical similarities, Semper also carries throughout his
body of work the image of the human body. His people are pliable
and graphically flattened, so that their shapes stretch and skew beyond
reality. They reach out and touch one another, but the nature of
their interactions is completely obscured. Their faces emote complex
emotions, suggesting a narrative within an unrecognizable world. They
are mysteries, but they spark the imagination.
Felix Semper was born in Cuba and has lived in Madrid and Miami.
The owner of a construction business, Semper incorporates his fine art
sensibilities into the homes he builds.
Four Acrylic & Oil on Canvas 72” x 48”
Felix Semper
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