Galerie Thomas Fuchs, Stuttgart
The works by artists Rudy Cremonini, Rainer Fetting, Jochen Hein, and Ruprecht von Kaufmann proof how diverse, fresh, and interesting figurative positions in contemporary painting can be:
The young Italian painter Rudy Cremonini (*1981 in Bologna, Italy) creates atmospheric images that are characterised by his well-considered brushstrokes as well as his use of color. Cremonini translates everyday things and situations into something mysterious that fascinates by often being scary and attractive at once. Especially the mixture of showing and missing of precise details is what stimulates the viewers imagination.
Rainer Fetting (*1949 in Wilhelmshaven, Germany) became internationally-known in the 1980s as one of the most important exponents of the "Neuen Wilden". Still today the artist is highly creative and curious. His latest neoexpressive paintings with subjects of the German North Sea island Sylt impress with gestural brushstrokes and a fascinating feeling for color that conveys an enormous vitality of the experienced nature.
The Hamburg-based painter Jochen Hein (*1960 in Husum, Germany) deals with perceived phenomena and our anticipations that arise from them. From distance his works appear like realistic sea- and landscapes. But as one gets closer to the canvas the subjects dissolve into abstract structures that are the result of painting techniques that are closer to action painting than a precise manner of painting. A new series of Mountain-paintings is debuted at the fair in Basel.
The works by well-known German artist Ruprecht von Kaufmann (*1974 in Munich, Germany) are influenced by memory, literature, music, and movies. He makes use of these elements and references to pose elementary questions about the turmoils of human existence. In his latest paintings he uses coloured linoleum instead of canvas. By cutting into it or building up paint structures he creates three-dimensional paintings that feature something sculptural.