Collection: Patrick Cierpka

You might get the impression that Patrick Cierpka's works look like the open lens of a camera that captures an enormous amount of light. Sunshine and color play together, appear on water-like surfaces, pass through the branches of trees, twist in diffuse perspectives. The motifs within the pictures are mostly figurative in nature, but appear to the viewer in an abstract way.
There is no top or bottom and the viewer is invited to dive into an experience far from space and time: Time seems to stand still, space does not exist.
With a strong use of colour, the artist succeeds in creating scenes that seemed inimitable in their origin. At the centre of his works are always dazzling moments that flourish in the eye of the recipient. ›It is summer. I lie in a meadow, next to me a wood glade. Then I open my eyes only very briefly, only a crack - and it is precisely this moment that fascinates me. I want to depict this moment in my works‹ says Patrick Cierpka. Exactly such a real moment laid the foundation for the nature light series. When you look at these works, the Clair Obscure solidifies on the retina and, when you turn away from the work of art, it remains in your focus. The great contrast is formed by the blurred colours and the glaring sunlight. The polychrome situation breaks up, the radiant white slowly and delicately changes into a well-tempered shade and dominates the inner picture framing. The viewer is reminded of what he has experienced - the sparkling and shining of sunrays through the branches and twigs of trees, the reflection of light on the water, the captured 'now', the fleeting moment of glitter and sparkle, which becomes present again.
We all have the memory of such a moment in common. The context, however, is different and unique for each of us. Where were we when we experienced this moment, with whom were we, what happened immediately before and after - were we happy or not? The observation of nature becomes a partial, fragmentary trigger for our own memory and emotions. A conceptual shift arises, which separates the painting and the represented subject from itself and abstracts it. The thought triggered by the motif replaces it and gives us the freedom of absolute abstraction, because it is transposed into memory and thoughts.

Read the interview with Patrick Cierpka here!

Patrick Cierpka