By Heidi Trautmann
Born in Konstanz/Bodensee in Germany in 1960, the artist
studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, The Royal College of Arts in
London and the Academy of Arts in Düsseldorf between 1981 and 1988. He
currently lives in Munich and Stuttgart and works at the State Academy of Fine
Arts in Stuttgart as professor since 2010.
The artist was present at the opening of the exhibition on
March 08 and as I understood he came here with his works for the present
exhibition on the invitation of Prof. Dr. Turan Aksoy, Head of the Arucad
University whom he had met in Girne before.
Lithographs, prints and paintings with acrylic, different
painting techniques on paper, all unframed, the naked art on the walls, which I
prefer. Playful painting in the pure sense of the word, paintings without
motives, abstract. The theme is STRATA…Stratum
the layer; everything in our surroundings are layers of something, we, buildings,
mountains, a tree, the air…the artist made the layers visible through the
transparency of colours. To explain it
with words… you go for a walk and observe so many things simultaneously and you
write your impressions down without any punctuation, resulting in layers of
impressions, comes close to poetry. I have tried it myself, interesting.
Thomas Bechinger appears to be a rather humble personality;
there are only four lines of vita and a photo …him in a working pose….he does
not talk much….he paints…
The beautiful catalogue starts with the following text written
by Oya Silbery:
approach to peripheral realm for paint, left as representational patterns of
striking lights and shadow, appearing instantaneously in the eyes of an
observant, embodied in the form of strata.
artist creates surfaces with translucent tones of colour by controlling the
flow of the acrylic paint on untreated paper ‘the dynamism ripens into stratas
through his particular artistic approach and it is manifested in his paintings.
his disposition to obscure the clues and indications about the subjects, the
feeling of familiarity is remarkable in Bechinger paintings.
of vivid hues seem to be independent from a particular incident or place; yet
they radiate a meditative feeling which brings the spectator together with
his/her own experience….
The exhibition is
still open until 31 March 2019, viewing times are according to the working
hours of The House Restaurant.