Robert Niesse (1963)

A Journey into Light, Color and Space

Apparently in an intoxication of color, Robert Niesse painting his pictures within a deep complexity and releases them of any kind of strict, structural attribution. In his works you find plurivalent playgrounds, which are reflecting his technique to apply and remove layers and layers of color and color sections. A world of color and light is blooming across his canvases; very fine, glossy layers of color alternating with a powerful and striking signature mark and connecting to a brutal context and conclusion of color compositions. A considerable part of the effective force of his painting procedure is based on the utilization of our naive and unspoiled ability, to regenerate this specific condition of an innocent vision; in this powerful chromaticity of his paintings the analytical way of visualizing is shifting his work to a new level of unspoken mystery.

Not the intellect should analyze the picture, but intuition and feeling may impress the informative value and are designing this play of light and color. The sensation somebody experiences while viewing his paintings, can not be directly communicated, especially not through words, but rather need an individual and intuitive reflexion. Color is not just color and its expressiveness is not specially gentle and mellow, but aggressive and demanding; this conventionalizes to be one of the most important essences in his recipe to create paintings and to give statements in form and force. His work is not reproducible; even a good print is only able to make oneself curious in respect to the profound impact of the painting; this is showing a first and direct parallel towards William Turners work.

In his abstract informal work you can neither find the figurative nor the geometric language of shapes, however reminiscenses are appearing towardsTurners late work in his designing of landscapes and shaping paint and creating color compositions.These designs and compo- sitions in its multi colorful semantics are virtually boosting a fantastic vision towards light and space. You will find an open art work within his paintings, this is not only emphasizing through a non concrete composition of surface, form and perspective, more so over the color itself is the main ingredient of his art.This is stimulating and conducting more than any other material the impact of the painting and becomes the significant messenger to blow up the form and structure of his works. Forms and faces, created by random, within his lavish, almost manic way to apply color are appearing like accumulated cloud areas, like deep canyons or unwieldy rock formations, like dazzling water reflections or a romantic sea piece following the skyline; they are inviting us to take a journey into light, color and space.

Over the past thirty years in his artistic endeavor Robert created more than 700 paintings and  an estimated 3000 drawings.

He currently lives and works as a painter in Cologne.




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