Painter to Coblence - Germany
Hendrik beikirch’s (*1974) artistic work is influenced by intimate encounters with people. Comprising only black-and-white portrait paintings, the german artist’s oeuvre forms a striking painterly counterposition to the current distorting and aestheticizing media world. Beikirch’s deliberate choice of monochrome, his unmistakeable painting technique and the captured gaze of his portrait subjects enable him to create not pure reproduction, but to express a feeling permeating the image and breaking through contemporary ways of seeing.
For the current series "warriors", hendrik beikirch travelled to crisis areas to paint portraits of those on opposing sides in various conflicts. the artist expands his work accordingly with the characteristic of the extreme and confronts the viewer with militant positions often emerging only as awkward marginal notes in the everyday media. in this work series, beikirch creates painterly contemporary documents that offer rare moments for reflection in a saturated, fleeting information world.