Skurrile Figuren des Alltags
Whimsical Figures of Everyday Life
ANNETTE KUNOW'S PAINTINGS TELL OF FEAR AND PASSION
by Jochem Schumann
Whimsical figures, twisted bodies, seemingly painted surfaces and contours: Annette Kunow's works, which can be seen in the WAZ Gallery until May 24, appear unpretentious, but reflect exactly the artist's state of mind in the creative process.
Thus, the painter also says: "I paint everything that happens to me every day. In my paintings you can find people and situations, consternation, suffering or irony." Painting as therapy? Annette Kunow, who was born in Berlin in 1953 after several stops in between, has lived in Essen since 1991: "Painting, or rather the occupation with art is always a kind of therapy."
With mostly strong, complementary colors, nervous, sometimes spidery lines, she stages her of her small- and large-format paintings to human situations of fear, emptiness, passion, unfulfillment. Although Annette Kunow abstracts her figures throughout, she never leaves reality in the direction of non-objective painting.
The focus of her work are bodies and faces, which at the same time sensually and transparently captivate the viewer suggestively. The representations seemed plump and yet again elude complete appropriation. At the same time, Annette Kunow always maintains the balance of the compositions, demonstrates security in the interweaving of proportions.
The painter is self-taught. She studied civil engineering in Stuttgart, is a professor at the University of Applied Sciences in Bochum and owns an engineering consulting firm. Since 1975, she has been intensively engaged in painting, attended several workshops, before she went public for the first time two years ago with an exhibition. Since then, Annette Kunow has met the public with a rarely found artistic maturity and confessed creative power. (1996)
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