2021

PALLAS ATHENA

Godesses

PALLAS ATHENA is the goddess of wisdom, strategy and battle, of arts, crafts and manual labor, as well as the patron goddess and namesake of the Greek city of Athens. She belongs to the twelve Olympic deities, the Olympioi. I have just completed four large-format paintings after several months of work that required a lot of heart and soul. They are vibrant, modern depictions of four Greek goddesses from ancient mythology. These works were particularly challenging for me because I had already dealt with the subject of Greek mythology in depth more than 20 years ago and produced countless works during that creative period. After making a clean break with this phase in the early 2000s, I was convinced that I had exhausted all aspects of the mythology motif and would never return. But then out of nowhere, the goddesses forced their way back into my painter’s consciousness with all their might. As an artist, I knew I needed to act on this revelation. Alas, the results are very different from my earlier paintings: The deities are the same, but the context is different. It was important for me to express my enthusiasm for Greek antiquity and love for late Renaissance painting and Mannerism in these works while also dressing them in the garb of contemporary digital and pop culture aesthetics. Whether I have succeeded or not, I don’t know.

  • Medium:Öl auf Leinwand
  • Größe:195x250cm
  • Gods
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PALLAS ATHENA is the goddess of wisdom, strategy and battle, of arts, crafts and manual labor, as well as the patron goddess and namesake of the Greek city of Athens. She belongs to the twelve Olympic deities, the Olympioi. I have just completed four large-format paintings after several months of work that required a lot of heart and soul. They are vibrant, modern depictions of four Greek goddesses from ancient mythology. These works were particularly challenging for me because I had already dealt with the subject of Greek mythology in depth more than 20 years ago and produced countless works during that creative period. After making a clean break with this phase in the early 2000s, I was convinced that I had exhausted all aspects of the mythology motif and would never return. But then out of nowhere, the goddesses forced their way back into my painter’s consciousness with all their might. As an artist, I knew I needed to act on this revelation. Alas, the results are very different from my earlier paintings: The deities are the same, but the context is different. It was important for me to express my enthusiasm for Greek antiquity and love for late Renaissance painting and Mannerism in these works while also dressing them in the garb of contemporary digital and pop culture aesthetics. Whether I have succeeded or not, I don’t know.