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I was born in 1973 in Hamburg and spent my childhood in a village south of Hamburg, at the edge of a big forest. This resulted in my need for nature alongside the pleasues of living in a big and cultural city, I truely need both and substitute my village forest with walks in Hampstead Heath, close to my home in north London.
The second great influence were the years I spent studying in Barcelona and south France, where the strong mediterranean light and colours had a profound impact on a northern person.
Beside being a very visiual person, expressing myself in images I love the written word and no book is safe, I read at least two per week.
Besides reading, music played a big part during my growing up, starting with early musical education at the age of five and resulting in playing piano, recorder, flute, and a bit of guitar and drums. Music still plays a big part in my life as a source of energy and inspiration in my studio, in concerts and the opera.
I have travelled extensively since my teenage years, which left me speaking English, Spanish and French beside German, and with a passion for linguistics.
About my artwork
Without light there can be no colour. Everything is defined by colour and into her paintings Wiebke pours her passion for colour and light.
The base of her paintings is a combination of a childhood in Northern Germany with long dark winters and the significant time spent studying in Barcelona, with all the power and impact of Mediteranean light
Wiebke moved to London in 1998 and graduated from Wimbledon School of Art with the MA in Fine Art Painting in 2000, focusing on the nature of colour and how our perception of it changes according to different languages.
In 2002 she travelled to Morocco and spent some time in the Sahara desert, which drew her attention to aspects of texture and for the first time environment. She started experimenting with sand and pigments in her still colour dominated paintings.
The aspect of sound and music plays in general a significant role in her private and professional life, she always paints with music and lives with a jazz musician.
This in combination with the experience of being artist in residence during the Güttler Musiktage festival in Germany in 2004 and a following passion for opera lead to vibrant “Stage Designs” paintings. This ongoing series is based on the strong artificial colours of the theatrical environment (along side the equally ongoing nature based “Earth” paintings), finally establishing the topic environment in Wiebke´s work and researching the question how different environments influence us and what part do artificial ones like stage designs play, created for the sake of themselves. Are they less real and therefore less worth, theatre versus nature, or harmonious duality?
Artists I like
Gerhard Richter, Miquel Barceló, Paul Klee, Joan Miró, Frida Kahlo, Cy Twombley
Thank you ! About Wagner - you may find more on my sites www.wagnerbrno.cz (in german too) and on www.kiseljov.ic.cz (many photographs from my Parsifal and 220 pages of my diplom work about this performance and its philosophy with libretto). Your paintings are just phantastic, my girlfriend now here by my likes it very much too ! Super colours - dark blue, red, white !
BLUEBIRD ART HOUSE AND ART&ARTISTS LA are pleased to announce the 1st INTERNATIONAL JURIED COMPETITION 2009.
Open to all artists in all fine arts media we seek to recognize outstanding quality and diversity in the arts.
The 2009 IJC is open to all artists worldwide, age 18 and older. All works must be original. Entries in the following medias will be accepted: Painting, Drawing, Mixed media, Printmaking, Watercolor, Ceramics, Sculpture, and Photography.
Entry Deadline March 15th 2009.
A solo show next winter 2009 at Bluebird Art House and $1500 to the winner. 1 work in the show for each one of the 3 runner up.
Hallo Wiebke, toll deine Arbeiten, beeindruckend, dein Werdegang über London, als junges Mädchen hatte ich ähnliche Träume, war auch in London , doch bin nun in Bayern! Herzliche Grüße und alles Gute!