Reinhard J. Sieder, New Paintings, 2019 / Mai 9 - 12 / Atelier Paul Landerl, Art Gallery, Vienna, Berggasse 29
Since 2017 I work as a fine artist. After many years of intellectual and scientific teaching and writing in the academic field, I enjoy it every day to work, feel and see as a fine artist. In the highly intense process of painting I get in touch with the imaginative power of myself and of the narrative just emerging in front of my eyes. Something similar may happen when somebody else takes a look on one of my paintings. I believe that contemporary art happens solely as a very special mode of self-experience. The imaginative enhances our competence to imagine what could be, what should be or what should never happen. Therefore the imaginative is fundamental for all social, economic, political and religious ideas, relations and performances.
After many years of social and cultural scientific teaching and publishing Reinhard J. Sieder started as a painter in 2017. He was born in Göstling/Ybbs, Austria on 2 July 1950; from 1969 until 1975 he studied humanities at the University of Vienna, graduated as Dr.phil. in 1975; 1978 the Cambridge Group for the History of Population and Social Structure (Cambridge, UK) invited him as a visiting fellow. In 1997 he was appointed as Professor for Social and Economic History at the University of Vienna. In October 2015 he retired from University. Since he lives and works as a free author and fine artist in Vienna (Austria) and on the island of Tenerife (Spain).
RS uses a multi-layered, mainly non-figurative technique. He uses the elasticity and malleability of wet plaster. This provides a first layer, applicated with different scrapers on canvas. The first layer creates a in-depth structure, suggesting or guiding the following act of creating a nonfigurative or semi-abstract narrative by acrylic, pastels or charcoal. The layers interact and give way to partly unexpected effects. In some works, human, animal or florals figures inhabit the landscape or they become associated by the spectator and his own imagination. Some works allude to ritualistic and ceremonial practices of social life.
In 1995, Reinhard Sieder got the Bruno Kreisky Award for publishing on politics for editing the volume "Österreich 1945-1995. Gesellschaft, Kultur, Politik, Vienna 2015 (2nd edition Vienna 2016) together with Heinz Steinert and Emmerich Tálos.
2018 / March / Pure Painting / Atelier Paul Landerl, Wien 9, Berggasse 29, curated by Pedro Henrique de Melo (see photos)
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