German Artist, Joachim Hirling
Today, I would like to introduce Joachim Hirling an artist from Germany. He is an artist I personally respect and consider as a mentor. The first place I met him was at the Poly Gallery, where I made a debut. He gave me the opportunity to get an interview for an exhibition there. There is something very impressive about my first visit to his atelier. When he pushed hard against the high-ceiling his atelier's partition wall, a huge bookshelf that could reach from the ceiling to the floor came out, and the bookshelf was stacked with many books. For me, who had a prejudice that a painter simply focused on drawing skills, that bookcase led me to a new world where I could have the attitude of a true artist.
Since then, I've been drawing, but I'm also studying hard at the same time. Since then, I know that painting is not simply technical. Although he is German, he has very interested in the East culture and Art. He actually studied Chinese calligraphy in Taiwan. And He made a dynamic oil work with this calligraphy as a motif. Looking at his work, I knew that letters could literally be works of art.
When you look at Chinese calligraphy, each letter is full of energy. Also, depending on who is holding the brush, the size and strength of the letters are different. Some letters are like horses running with their manes waving, while others are like a lark singing from a branch. Looking at such letters, it is like a work of art. Joachim, introduced earlier, captures the energy of these letters well and leaves it as a work.
The pictures here are my personal favorites among the pictures introduced chronologically in the artwork menu on his website. Most of all, I like the green circular picture above. This painting could be seen in person at his exhibition. It's like a close-up of a person's pupil, but it's like a jungle, and it's like a matrix space where countless letters fall to the ground. If you look at this picture for yourself, you will probably know that this image will stay with you for a long time.
Below is his studio introduced on the website.
I also personally hope to see his wonderful work in the US and in the world as well.
Myungja Anna Koh