Galerie Heike Strelow, Frankfurt am Main
Starsky Brines’s paintings and drawings captivate audiences with their distinctive style and a recurring theme. In his bold works, the artist focuses on characters that are built from the combination of anthropomorphic and zoomorphic features, as well as the appropriation of elements from comics and toys from his childhood. These characters distort reality to venture into an environment of subcultures and urbanism evoked by the spontaneous intuition of his strokes and the appropriation of the contemporary iconography.
Personally influenced by his mother and art historically influenced by Latin American figurative art, the German neoexpressionism, the Italian Transavantgarde, and the COBRA group, his works oscillate between figuration and abstraction. Brines holds a degree in Fine Art from the Instituto Universitario de Estudios Superiores de Artes Plásticas Armando Reverón in Caracas. His work has received international attention in exhibitions and has been incorporated into important collections in cities such as Caracas, Basel, Buenos Aires, Bogota, Santander, Miami, Madrid and Seoul. Starsky Brines is a Venezuelan Artist bon in Venezuela, in 1977. He lives and works in Caracas, Venezuela.
In Herbert Warmuth paintings, different concepts of painting emerge, collage-like just in one picture, creating different approaches to the medium. By using different materials like, fabric, aluminium and paint, his works have an object associated character but they are everything else than monumental.
As every painter he works with color, but the color that he uses is not exclusively the one contained in the form inside paint tube. It is in between the inseparable unity of color and form that the conceptual work of Warmuth develops. Another aspect that characterizes the work of Warmuth is his approach toward the space or the setting in which his paintings develop.
His works have since the beginning of his practice, abandoned the restriction of the canvas. In his most recent series he uses Plexiglas pieces that make up the surface of the painting objects. The color is preserved behind the surface of the Plexiglas. And just to make us aware of the fact that what protects can restrict at the same time, Warmuth cuts thought the surface of the painting, metaphorically liberating the color, letting it spill out and breathe. And what is this color made of? Fabric!
Herbert Warmuth born 1960 in Schweinfurt, Germany studied at Städelschule Frankfurt from 1982-1988. He teaches at Frankfurt University and lives and works in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. His works are represented in several European collections.