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September 11 - November 16, 2022
Johannes Heisig - Reflections
DIE GALERIE, Frankfurt on the Main

Johannes Heisig‘s (*1953) pictorial worlds are manifold and multifaceted, alluring and enigmatic – a reflection of reality and dream at the same time. The impasto brushstrokes of his paintings flow on the canvas in countless layers, like an inexhaustible stream of thoughts, one overpainting after the other.

 

In his works, the artist processes his thoughts and is able to transfer both the poetic beauty of an idyllic landscape in the setting sun and the doubts, fears and dreams of every human being onto his canvas. Almost anything that attracts the artist‘s attentive gaze can be turned into painting. Thus, in Johannes Heisig‘s latest show of works Betrachtungen | Reflections, by now the fourth solo exhibition of the painter in DIE GALERIE, a broad spectrum of different subjects can be found: Splendid bouquets of flowers, whether still in full bloom or already withered, as well as mundane objects and exotic figurines populate his still lifes, occasionally accompanied by an animal skull as a symbol of the Memento Mori; urban and rural landscapes find their place in the artist‘s oeuvre and impress with their dynamic and unconventional perspectives. An essential focus in Johannes Heisig‘s art lies in the very essence of human existence, narrated through socio-political scenes, portraits or self-observations, either on canvas or on paper. Through his works, the artist creates authentic „Bilder vom Erzählen” (storytelling images) - to quote the new cycle of drawings dedicated to the German writer Wolfgang Hilbig - and transports the viewer into an alternate, multi-layered reality.

 

 

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Johannes Heisig - Reflections

 

 

 

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Johannes Heisig
Vertreibung ins Paradies
Oil on canvas
140 x 300

Johannes Heisig's paintings, drawings, and prints combine the complexity of content and masterful technique with an unconcealed joy for experimentation. Heisig conveys his observations, collected with a meticulous eye, by means of an expressive, impressionistic visual language: he layers colors to create apocalyptic depictions of chaotic city life, impressive reflections on German history, as well as portraits, landscapes, and still lifes. In this way, he draws the realistic image out of the familiar, alienates and ultimately transforms it - often after months of overpainting - into something both unknown and unique for the viewer.

 

This is also the case in the large-format painting Vertreibung ins Paradies (Banishment into Paradise), created in 2019, with whose title the artist playfully draws on the Fall of Man and transfers it to a contemporary setting. Socially critical, he asks: Is this still the paradise that Christ died for on the cross? Due to its unusual perspective, the gigantic beach scene is reminiscent of drone shots, which are very popular nowadays, and therefore seems particularly up to date, as if the most modern techniques were being imitated with a paintbrush. At the same time, with its ironic title, it points to one of the primeval myths of human history and thus proves to be an extremely profound work.

Johannes Heisig's paintings, drawings, and prints combine the complexity of content and masterful technique with an unconcealed joy for experimentation. Heisig conveys his observations, collected with a meticulous eye, by means of an expressive, impressionistic visual language: he layers colors to create apocalyptic depictions of chaotic city life, impressive reflections on German history, as well as portraits, landscapes, and still lifes. In this way, he draws the realistic image out of the familiar, alienates and ultimately transforms it - often after months of overpainting - into something both unknown and unique for the viewer.