Klaus Heckhoff

Painting | Digital Painting
Germany

About the artist

"Stop thinking. Paint."

The Düsseldorf artist Klaus Heckhoff leaves the safe paths of the familiar. He paints digitally. He uses the new technology because it helps him to switch off the ratio addressed to him and to make room for a visual intelligence. Digitization allows him to experiment spontaneously with elements of color and form or meaning with a spontaneity not possible in traditional painting. He can see immediately and in real terms on the screen of his computer what is happening on his “digital screen”. Heckhoff can spontaneously judge the individual picture elements, weigh them against each other, accept or reject them. He no longer has to take a detour through the limited possibilities of his consciousness and think up how something could theoretically be. The subjunctive is dropped. Heckhoff uses the opportunity to make archetypal knowledge visible and tangible.

Klaus Heckhoff

“I want the unthought, the unpre-thought images. The pictures that know more than I do. Digitization helps me to break the cage of my thinking and to enter the paradise of chaos, and to largely block out rational thought, so that the chance for insight grows. Because, as we all know, knowledge always grows when the usual coherence is broken and expectation is outwitted,says Heckhoff.

Curriculum vitae: birth, school, swimming, rowing, writing, painting, first love, death in Mülheim an der Ruhr. Studied graphic design at the Werkkunstschule, Düsseldorf. Graphic designer, then creative director in international advertising agencies. During this time, teaching position at the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences, specialising in communication design.

Artistic stations: From 2004 painting main profession (Berlin), from 2010 beginning of exhibition activity (Düsseldorf).

References

Group exhibitions

2015 | Düsseldorf, Germany
Participation in the annual exhibition of the Düsseldorfer Künstler association

2015 | Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
An der Grenze” with the Association of Mülheim Artists and the Theater an der Ruhr

2015 | Düsseldorf, Germany
Participation in the annual exhibition of the Düsseldorfer Künstler association

2017 | Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
Exhibition “Jackson Pollock Visiting” at the Galerie an der Ruhr

2017 | Düsseldorf, Germany
Participation in the annual exhibition of the Düsseldorfer Künstler association

2018 | Herten, Germany
Exhibition “Revierkunst” with artists of the Ruhr area, Ewald Colliery

2018 | Düsseldorf, Germany
Participation in the annual exhibition of the Düsseldorfer Künstler association

Solo exhibitions

2010 | Düsseldorf, Germany
Journey to Url” in the branch of the Moscow gallery Le Connaisseur

2010 | Neuss, Germany
“Röslein rot” at the Museum Kunstraum Neuss

2011 | Düsseldorf, Germany
“Prosecco at bean coffee and strawberry tart” in the gallery art profile

2011 | Düsseldorf, Germany
“Out of the Cage” at the Art Room gallery.

2018 | Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
Stop thinking. Painting” in the gallery at the Ruhr

2019 | Düsseldorf, Germany
“Chaos versus Ratio – The Unthought Pictures” at Art Dynamic Gallery.

Museum exhibition

2016 | Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
Exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Mülheim an der Ruhr with the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Mülheimer Künstler

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