Light as a painting subject

Claude Monet – Cathedrale di Rouen

Light as a painting subject? When we think about what to paint next, we often have these categories in mind: Humans, animals, architecture, nature and objects. Of course, you can not paint any of these without light. Unless you like black canvases. But did you consider that your painting(s) could be about light more than about the thing that is lit?

It is a great exercise to paint the same subject in different lighting scenarios and to capture its changing moods.

Claude Monet painted the “Cathedrale di Rouen” many times. If you google it, you will find a lot of the paintings he did. They come in all colors.

For this series, Monet chose nearly the same point of view every time. What varies is the lighting. It was one of the great ideas and goals of the impressionist movement to capture light in a different and more truthful way than any other art movement did before.

The lighting of a scene does not only change the mood of the painting. It changes the subject. Or to go a bit further: For the impressionists, light was a subject by itself.

The paintings of the “Cathedrale di Rouen” are not about a cathedral, they are about light hitting (or not hitting) a cathedral.

Light as a painting subject, think about it.

2022 FLOOD

My new painting series “FLOOD” is a great companion and commentator for the crazy times we live through right now. Like all great art, …

2022 FLOOD


I am sitting on a roof and my feet are wet. Everything, I mean everything, under my feet is wet. My feet are the new sea level. Fuck.

I was hoping we could do it. Just like a student who finishes typing his work the last night before the deadline. Now the sea level is the dead-line.

How to survive this? Put on your inflatables.

Welcome to the flood.

2021 C.A.R. Essen

My latest works will be presented by the Galerie an der Zitadelle (gallery at the citadel) on the upcoming art fair Contemporary Art Ruhr in Essen (Germany

Date: 5th – 7th November 2021

Location: Welterbe Zollverein, Gelsenkirchener Strasse 181, 45309 Essen

Free magazines with my work are also available at the gallery’s booth.

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