German painter Georgia Wilhelm, born in Weiden in 1965, now lives and works in Offenbach am Main. She studied painting at the Academy of Design in Offenbach am Main (1987-1995) and at the Manchester Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom (1990-1991).
Georgia Wilhelm paints with oil on canvas using traditional techniques. In various cutouts, it shows pieces of woodlands, tree barks and branches, from the treetop to the mossy ground. Heavily vegetated, dense forest areas are playfully penetrated by rays of light. From a distance, her pictures look almost photorealistic. Upon closer inspection, a partially set, pasty application of color reveals itself, which dissolves the figurative in favor of a vividly structured pictorial surface.
Georgia Wilhelm's images have a powerful, emotional effect. The views of the forest dissolve in the dense green of the leaves or in the relief-like grain of the bark. The paste-like applied color turns into an independent abstract structure. The result is a separate, emotional level, which contrasts a photorealistic image and is independent of the mimetic dimension. The vibrancy and atmosphere in the pictures is a consequence of the tension between the abstract and figurative picture elements.
Georgia Wilhelm has regularly been presenting her works in individual and group exhibitions since 1992. Among others, she exhibited at the Temporary Art Gallery in Offenbach am Main (2012), at the House of History Offenbach am Main (2011), at the INI-GraphicsNet Association Darmstadt (2007) or the Künstlerhaus Lukas, Ahrenshoop (1994). Her exhibitions are accompanied by press articles and catalog entries.