Hanjo Schmidt

Hanjo Schmidt

Hanjo Schmidt works with photographs without copying them. He does not force his craft to serve the motif and does not deny painting – for instance for the benefit of a supposed realism or even photo realism. For his works, he uses acrylic paint and simple flat brushes to apply the colour in rough and quick strokes. His ductus is loud and dominant. The colours are oriented on the things seen but are often exaggerated to the extreme. We are dealing with expressive painting and this painting is virtually putting itself in front of the motifs, because there is no moment to doubt that we are indeed dealing with painting, with the applying of colour material on a surface. However, the wonders of painting are still constantly surprising: In spite of these rough and quick strokes, the model is nonetheless depicted in a very precise manner. Shiny eyes, sharply contoured pupils, sinewy neck or bony shoulder blades, everything is named and shown unambiguously and without any doubt – but still, it is pure painting that does not illusionistically submit itself to the depicted and does not pretend not to exist. The real challenge of Hanjo Schmidt´s works lies in this contradiction, when we distinctly recognise the depicted even though we always know that it is “only” a painting. He provides a source of friction that the observer has to deal with piece by piece because the reception is disrupted by the dominance of the painting.
 
Hence, the faces and bodies in Hanjo Schmidt´s painting represent the human creature itself. Man as an ambivalent form of life, beautiful and ugly all at once, vulnerable and harsh, searching and refusing, showing and hiding. In this way, while beholding the depicted our view is ultimately reflected back to us.” Adrienne Braun, 2008
 
CV
 

  • Born on 18. 10. 1944 in Oberstdorf/Allgäu
  • Raised in Füssen/Allgäu and from 1954 in Bremen
  • 1962 Graduation from school
  • 1963 – 1965 Sculpting Studies at the University of the Arts Bremen (Staatliche Kunstschule)
  • 1965 – 1969 Architectural Studies at the University of Applied Sciences Bremen (Hochschule für Technik)
  • 1969 – 1984 Works as architect in various firms
  • 1984 – 1999 Works as freelance graphic designer
  • Since 1999 exclusively works as art-painter

A selection of artworks by Hanjo Schmidt can be found here >>
 
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