Helmut Sturm, Untitled, 1961, Oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm
Schuebbe Projects is pleased to announce Helmut Sturm's upcoming solo exhibiton. This exhibiton shows insights into the work of the german painter. Born 1932, his art was shaped by the change in German post-war societ, specially in the 1960s. In 1958 Sturm founded along with Heimrad Prem, HP Zimmer and Lothar Fischer the artistic group SPUR, which is known for its avant-garde tribute to German art in the post-war period. After the group disbanded in 1965, Sturm began a process of individualizing his work which allowed him to express his own personality in his paintings. The freshness of colours and forms, liberating heaviness and depression into composure and generous handling characterizes his way of painting. Today Helmut Sturm is one of the most important painters in abstract art. Without him the development of this art movement would be inconceivable. His work influenced many young artists of the new generation.
In my opinion, the image is no more the reflection of reality, nor a projection of an imagination on a surface, but a dimensionally moving playing field: there are dashes of colours, above them lay lines, in between them are moveable pieces of collage and a lot of junk lifted from the ‚toy box' of reality, stimulating a scene of paintings. The result gives the observer enough room for his own imagination.
November 23rd, 2012, 6:00 pm