The works of Sabina Bockemühl tell of lively stories of strong personalities. Born in Solingen in 1966, the artist creates impressive portraits of women using a unique technique. Whether Alice Schwarzer or Frida Kahlo: Sabina Bockemühl’s paintings radiate a special strength. The artist works with a special overlapping of canvas on canvas.
Yet her large-scale works – which combine a neo-expressionist style with Pop Art influences – are never one-dimensional. Whatever the motif, Sabina Bockemühl mixes themes so that the complexity of life is expressed out of something familiar. She shows in an impressive way that mainstream and the magic of art are not contradictory.
The canvas as object: The work
Powerful colours on large-format canvases: The works of Sabina Bockemühl gain from the special working technique. “Through the light-dark contrast of the colours, which the artist consciously applies in many layers, the canvas gains something tactile, a velvety expression of gently modelled light. In particular, the spatulaed painting structure and the coordinated colours make each individual painting appear in its entirety,” writes art historian Dr Barbara Aust-Wegemund.
The canvas is not used as a surface but as an object. Bockemühl works out plastic colour structures in such a way that a presence typical of the artist is created. The moods thus created can create tranquility and equilibrium as well as cheerfulness and carefreeness. In this way, compositions are created that allow for personal associations, although all works bear her unique signature.
Murnau, October 2016