He is a living contemporary artist from Dresden, Germany and his most recent approach to his work is to apply paint with giant squeegees. He paints with large quantities of oil on life sized canvas’ and uses variations of colors to see how they react to each other while smearing the squeegee across the picture plane.
He is a process painter and that is what I appreciate most about his work. In many cases he doesn’t have a set idea in mind and as he works on each painting he lets the image inform him of what to do next. Most often the finished work hardly turns out the way he initially imagines it to. The things that draw me to his works are the texture and the color. They are simple, yet in many instances euphoric and dreamlike.
Gerhard Richter Painting trailer from Kino Lorber on Vimeo.
You can find the full documentary here. It’s very ‘artsy-fartsy’ and the way he speaks about his work is abstract and ‘oh so profound.’ 😉 I love it!