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Collector’s Choice:Reinhard Stammer


 

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“The bold works of Reinhard Stammer seem to form a direct stream from his subconscious mind  to the canvas surface, assaulting the viewer with the vinegar of turbulent agony and sweet recollections all at once. Many  lifetimes of experience and exploration seem poured out into color, line and shape.   Declarations made through textures and emerging shapes require from the viewer the willingness to quietly and slowly  decode a multitude of symbols through contemplation, free association and complete immersion in the painterly surface.”

 

Written by Janis Kirstein

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Art Historian Dr. Vöhringer has said: “Reinhard Stammer is, in the best sense of the word, an autodidact.”   The term goes back to the philosophers, aphorisms, writers and poets of Lichtenberg. And it’s good that there are the self-taught in art, he continues and he calls as an example the painting customs officer Henri Rousseau.

 

 

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The well known art critic Uwe Lempelius has said in reference to the work of Mr Stammer, “The fact that art is studied, is no guarantee of the quality of the painted works of art. Only the way that you paint the art is the final guarantee. And this, he says distinguishes the difference between being an artist and being another kind of professional. There are no autodidactic doctors or lawyers, he adds. “But I know several artists without education who are members of the Federation of Artists. Just think of the naive customs officer Henri Rousseau whose naive art Picasso once discovered.”

 

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“Yes, now I have included Stammer with these big artists,” Lempelius says. “ Mr.Stammer has given rise to a whole series of paintings, where if the viewer discovered these works in a museum as an exhibit, he could not determine if the artist was an amateur.”

 

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Reinhard Stammer was born on 25/07/1952 in Glücksburg on the Baltic Sea.

He says of painting : “The joy of painting, has been with me since I was in the cradle.”

He finds it interesting that symbols found in his pictures from his early youth have re-emerged in his later works as well.

 

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He says that he studied life with all its ups and downs, with its light – and dark sides. “ I lived my life passionately and sometimes excessively. There was no apparent plan. At age 32, I founded the PARC-Verlag, www.parc.de .”

 

 

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Stammer’s study of Buddhism and Advaita, along with his many visits to Ramesh Balsekar in Bombay have been the source of many answers to questions he has asked since early childhood. He believes that the non duality or as Ramesh Balsekar says: “consciousness is all there is” seems somehow to be expressed in his paintings.

 

 

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As Stammer continued to paint through the years, he increasingly lost interest in merely reproducing the visible world. A painted flower is not an actual flower, nor a painted man an actual human, he says. “It is color on a substrate. Nothing more and the colors and shapes call forth the viewer’s own memories.”

 

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Looking back over his many years painting, Stammer evaluates his paintings by saying, “In 30 years, not very many paintings emerged, but some were particularly beautiful and interesting pictures.” During this time, he also wrote poems and also a chronicle, which originated in this period.

 

 

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He also attributes his ability to compensate severe calamities that struck him at the age of 52 years with his act of painting. He says of painting, “She saved my life, so I am grateful for this gift that enabled me some to give something through my pictures.”

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I would like to give special thanks to Reinhard Stammer for allowing me to feature his art work on KIRSTEINFINEART.

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Collector’s Choice: Jinnie May


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About the Artist

Jinnie May – Biography

Art has been in my life since childhood however it got pushed to the side while I began a career in a non-art related position in the pharmaceutical industry. After retirement in 2000 I took a watercolor class in Bermuda with Bryan Atyeo, a wonderful Canadian artist and teacher. That was enough to spur my interest and suddenly I was hooked.

 

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Since then I have taken many classes with well known instructors including, but not limited to; Toni Chaplin, Frank Webb, Serge Hollerbach, Skip Lawrence, Don Andrews, Judi Betts, Alvaro Castagnet, John Salminen and Pat Dews. I truly admire the California watercolor artists of the past; Rex Brandt, George Post and Barse Miller and many others. I have many of their books and their paintings enhance my enthusiasm and inspiration.

 

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I’ve been experimenting with different media and surfaces and I guess you could say subject matter as well. In the past two years I’ve added quite a few new paintings to my abstract collection.
Since 2004 I have exhibited in many local and statewide shows, winning numerous awards and many of my original paintings are in private collections.

 

 

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I belong to several Art Associations and am currently the President of The New Jersey Water Color Society.
Studio paintings are created in the ASKEW-IS-ME Studio in Randolph, NJ


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I would like like to give sincere thanks to Jinnie May for sharing her art works with KIRSTEINFINEART in today’s art feature.

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Collector’s Choice: Alan Jeffries


 

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Alan Jeffries

“Although I have had a lifelong interest in art, I only started painting in 2008. I am self-taught. My work is influenced by traditional Abstract Expressionism and Neo-Expressionism. I work primarily in oils.

I agree with the critic who once said that a painting does not have to be “about” anything other than the process of its own creation. I am also guided by two quotes. The first is from Jean-Michel Basquiat: “I start a picture and I finish it. I don’t think about art while I work. I try to think about life.” The second is from Chuck Close: “Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work.”

I never begin with a plan or image in mind. I simply start applying paint to canvas until something interesting happens. Then that “something” suggest the next thing, and the next, and so on until a kind of internal logic emerges which I then attempt to follow. I never know what the finished product will be, so I would characterize each painting as a visual record of the interplay between randomness and control.”  Alan Jeffries.

 

 

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The exuberance, energy and enthusiasm emitted from the paintings of Alan Jeffries is primal, direct and intuitively directed. His bold strokes of paint overlapping seas of texture and painted surfaces evokes a world where spontaneity rules.

Through the paint, Alan uncovers a smoldering furnace of color, form and line emitting compositions of provocatively evolved balance and innovative construction. His use of color appears as original, heartfelt and natural.

The fact that these paintings have originated from an artist who is “untrained” is a testament to the ability of this artist to harness the realizations of the human eye, heart and soul.

By moving through the applications of painterly surfaces and terrains, Alex reveals an inner world of high impact and power.

Written by Janis Kirstein

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