German painter R.J. Kirsch was born in Kirchen in the
Westerwald in 1959, and today he lives and works in Cologne. He studied
painting at Cologne's legendary workshops and met the American Fluxus artist Al
Hansen in 1990, whose influence gave him reason to initiate intense examination
of action and performance art, which continues to thread through his work
The romantic idea of dramatic failure
Even while studying, R.J. Kirsch was inspired by the work
of classic master painters. The staging of dramatic failure, as exemplified for
example by the painting "Das Eismeer" by C.D. Friedrich, has put a
spell on the artist. The development of the world through technology as well as
its shortcomings are a central theme of his work. In RJ Kirsch's "Impact
Series", the artist intensively dives into the motif of drapery.
Metal and drapery
R.J. Kirsch is interested in the processes by which motion
energy inscribes itself on surfaces as a result of malfunctions and
complications. Based on nineteenth-century painting and its realism, his
paintings are exclusively done in oil on canvas. Thus, R.J. Kirsch makes a
reference between the present confrontation and the history of painting to
develop his large-format paintings originating in the tradition of drapery.
An experienced artist on a lasting road of success
Since 1999, R.J. Kirsch regularly exhibits his works at
art associations and art museums in Cologne, Düsseldorf, Berlin, Mainz or
Brussels. His works can be found in public collections and were represented at
international art fairs, among others in Miami and in Mexico.