German painter Werner Fohrer, born in 1947, lives and works in Esslingen and Plochingen (Germany) today. He studied at the State University of Fine Arts in Hamburg (1970-1971) and in Stuttgart (1971-1976). He received a scholarship from the State of Baden-Württemberg at the Cité Internationale des Arts in Paris (1980-1981) and received a studio scholarship from the Art Association Baden-Württemberg (1982-1984). During his studies, the New Realism and Hyperrealism art movements influenced him heavily.
The picturesque reality
In his pictures, Werner Fohrer presents his subjective interpretation of reality: Forest landscapes, night or street scenes and genre scenes of pop and rock music. In the series of "Streetview" images, Google Maps captures serve to take the artist to unfamiliar places via the Internet. Werner Fohrer employs stylistic possibilities: he blurs, obscures and inaccurately depicts. Thus, his pictures do not show true representations, but rather receive something symbolic, representative and alienated thanks to his abstracting style. In doing so, he captures the fast pace of the digital revolution in a figurative sense.Lire la suite
Mastery of painting techniques
Werner Fohrer often achieves these special painterly effects by employing the airbrush technique, which he especially likes using for his night pictures. Here, the paint is applied to the canvas using a small spray gun. The artist starts with the coarse application of paint, then transitions to the finer details by applying oil or acrylic paint, sometime opaquely, sometimes varnished. This is achieved by a process of multiple overlapping color surfaces.
Established artist in Germany
Werner Fohrer was able to make a name for himself in numerous and permanent solo and group exhibitions, especially in Germany. He exhibited his works at galleries (Galerie Keim, Galerie Schlichtenmaier Stuttgart), art halls (Venice, Manchester, Esslingen, Ulm) and at fairs.Masquer