Collector’s Choice:Reinhard Stammer

“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.





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.”




“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.




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, .”



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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.






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: 100 Posts!

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Thanks for being a loyal email subscriber to my Fine art blog “Collector’s Choice” with KIRSTEINFINEART . I just want to make sure you know that I always appreciate hearing from you. Please Let me know if you ever have any questions. My email is Or just message me on my website.
The purpose of this message is to update you on some thoughts I have had about the “Collector’s Choice Blog, it’s purpose and potentialities.













Also, I have a number of questions for you, my readers that I would love for you to answer. Don’t worry, these questions will be brief.

First, I want to share my thoughts with you about the purpose of this blog.
Thanks so much to all the artists who have so generously shared your work with all of us on this blog, “Collector’s Choice.” I am so excited to create these artist features. I had no idea there were so many exceptional artists working today. At first when I began this daily feature of a contemporary artist every day, I worried that I would run out of artists to feature.

I now see that that will not be a problem anywhere in the near future.

With each artist feature, I wanted to showcase the work of each artist, along with a description of the work, the process, artist intention and thoughts, and a bit about the artist. What I have discovered in doing this is that there are so many artists EVERYWHERE who are deserving of this honor.

I believe that artists are so often overlooked and under appreciated. I know, as I have spent the last 30 years working as an artist. And in this land of challenging times, artists and their creative spirit form one of our very most valuable resources for survival, recovery and enlightenment.

I hope that my blog can become a testimonial to that belief and faith.












Now, I would like to ask you a few brief questions and would love your feedback on a few questions that some of the featured artists have discussed. I only have a few questions here, so don’t run away now! These 5 questions have been posed by Abstract Painter Hildy Maze who lives and works as an artist in Easthampton, NY. As we began discussing these questions, we realized all the artists featured on this blog would probably have a wealth of experience and information to share. And probably, it is our hope that many of you would like to hear other’s thoughts on these questions.

If you are an artist, please answer from personal experience. If you are not an artist, please answer from your own perspective.







  1. How do you handle the high costs of submitting,showing, shipping and framing (if your work needs framing)?

  2. How extensive is your presence on the web?

  3. From your experience… can you list some ways you connect with a gallery and/or collectors?

  4. How do you network on the web and in the “real” world?

  5. If you have received a grant would you be willing to share any ideas about grant writing?

    Perhaps you do not have time to answer all of these questions, right now. But if you will give it some thought, then return any of your own personal answers to me by email, I will compile some of the information and post it as a blog.

Thanks so much for all your ideas and thoughts. I think we can all benefit from each other’s experiences.

My email again is

I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful summer! And don’t forget to be sure to get in a swim or two!

Best wishes,

Jan Kirstein

Collector’s Choice: Robert Papp

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The still life paintings of Robert Papp capture the dream of life lived to the fullest, through a realistic painting style that exudes life, color, texture and vivacity.



These delectable paintings of fresh foods are thoughtfully and dynamically composed, with utmost attention given to the arrangement of natural objects. The wooden cutting boards, the towels and plates placed under the various fresh vegetables all add a tangible set for the placement of all the vegetables and fruits that almost literally sing in the Baroque lighting.



The peace and quiet of the soft light falling over his subject gives each painting a lush and alive presence very similar to  the paintings of Vermeer.   Robert didn’t list his favorite artist as Vermeer, but Vermeer might list Robert Papp as his favorite artist, if he was still living, that is.



And the foods themselves rush forward to your eyes with their detailed capture of cruciferous stalks and leaves, bulbs and citrus delights. The use of bold, yet natural color captures the freshness of the living objects and sends an immediate tactile response to the viewer’s nervous system.  In Robert’s paintings, color, light and texture resonates directly with the joy and pleasure centers in the brain.


Written by Janis Kirstein




About Robert Papp

“If you’ve found me here, you must have seen my art somewhere. Maybe on a book cover? Maybe in a children’s book? Or most likely, on the cover of Cooks Illustrated Magazine.

Over the years I have painted just about everything, but these days I am happy pushing paint around and creating art that makes people smile.”  Robert Papp


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“I thank all of you who take the time to contact me and tell me that something I have painted made you happy. It makes ME happy and makes long hours so worth it.

I live in bucolic Bucks County, PA, with my author / artist wife, Lisa, and 3 cats who think I only exist to feed them.”  Robert Papp

You can also see my work and purchase reproductions here……..





Factoids about Robert from Robert:


• Most of my clothes are covered in oil paint. I am incredibly messy.

• Painting with your fingers is perfectly acceptable.

• My artwork has hung in the U.S. Capitol building and has been in Time magazine.

• My wife likes broccoli on her pizza.

• Favorite artist: N.C. Wyeth.





• I don’t swim but I love the ocean.

• My hobbies are building furniture, and spending time with my family.

• Actually, I should have said that my favorite artist is my wife. And yes, she is my favorite author as well.

• I love hearing from people and always try to answer in a timely manner.

• I believe everyone should be doing the work that they love, since I am able to. Dream.”

By Robert Papp

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Story Illustrations by Robert Papp

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These are some  illustrations  by Robert Papp. To see more of his illustrations visit his website.







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