Markus Tollmann, contemporary German painter Featured

Expressionist technique and new forms of vision

by 02 December 2011

When you come to think about it, the Old Masters left a massive heritage, and they will forever have their places in the tomes of art history. However, art has many facets and has always been characterized by its inherent, flowing dynamics.

This is where the contemporary German painter, draughtsman and sculptor, Markus Tollmann, enters the scene. He is a special case, because he doesn't simply work as an artist: he has in-depth knowledge of his field. He is recognized as an expert. In fact, he worked as advisor for the world-famous Christies’ auction house in London back in the late 1980s, and has been director of the MoMA in Hamburg since 2007. But let’s start at the beginning. 

The outstanding artistic skills of this exceptional artist are firmly rooted in his background. Having inherited his talent for painting from his father, art professor Günther Tollmann, Markus Tollmann has been a constant presence on the art scene from a very early age. When he was seven, he was already studying Picasso and painting his own versions of the Spanish master's works. He had his first exhibition at the age of nine. Later he received private drawing lessons from the ‘enfant terrible’ of contemporary art, Joseph Beuys. At the age of 18, he worked in close cooperation with Francis Bacon in his London studio. Beuys, Bacon, international artists - they have all fascinated him, leaving a lasting impression on his work. From a very early age artistic blood has been pulsating through his veins.

His art career includes an impressive list of national and international exhibitions, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, the Brussels Art Fair, the New York C. Teresa Gallery and, a rare privilege for a contemporary artist, a solo show at the State Russian Museum of St Petersburg. The portrait of Johannes Rau at the Bundestag, or that of the legendary Luciano Pavarotti as well as portraits of other great personalities, are testimony to his wide-ranging oeuvre and his creative vigour.

With his structural and artistic complexity he creates his own horizons. His marvellous works of art have the power to intoxicate and paralyze when looking at and absorbing them. Opulent, pulsating, complex and colour-intensive, an affirmation of life, vigorous and truly radiant. Naturally, a lot of his own personality and charisma flow into the work. His works compel you to look beyond, liberating you from the limitations of reason, while being intellectually stimulating and a source of inspiration. Life-philosophical matters are put into paint, expressed with flowing dynamics. You will want to touch his work with all your senses. His paintings create a space for the viewer’s way of seeing, also providing a canvas on which to project your feelings of happiness.

Markus Tollmann lives his art. With pure authenticity and uncompromising vigour, he embodies the ideal of enjoying life and art to the full. He lights up the sky. His distinctive style, in his work as well as in his persona, is informed by a lightness and richness of emotion coming from within – naturally, without artificiality, refreshingly positive, without any trace of pseudo-intellectual pretention.

His boundless love of life - a life unimaginable without art - is his modus operandi, oozing from his every pore.

Getting to know him will put you under the spell of the Tollmann universe. He blurs the boundaries, creating the mystery of a no-man’s-land, where art and reality merge effortlessly.

Markus Tollmann always finds spaces that can be extended. To him, to discover means to see what everyone has seen and to think what no-one will have thought. To him, art is the perfect medium for expressing these thoughts and conveying these emotions.

Markus Tollmann has long been an established personality in the contemporary art scene, and has reached a phase in his creative work that has matured over the years and with experience. He is in a class of his own, but not a person who rests on his laurels. Unheeding of conventions and dogma, Markus Tollmann will doubtless continue to develop in his career. He was born to achieve creation and self-expression.

Further info: Kunsthandel Tollmann, Postfach 190 206, 40112 Düsseldorf, Germany.
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