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© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2019<br/>    Picture: Courtesy of Galerie Jochen Hempel, Berlin and Leipzig<br />

Peter Krauskopf

Born 1966 in Leipzig, Germany
Lives and works in Berlin

Grau, 2012

Oil on canvas
180 x 140 cm

Peter Krauskopf studied with Arno Rink at the School of Visual Arts in Leipzig, but, distinguishing himself from his teacher, sought the significance of colour in abstraction. At first glance, the grey monochrome surfaces of his works seem colourless, yet colour is the actual, basic substance of his work.

Layer by layer, Krauskopf applies the paint onto the canvases that are often discarded artworks or primed surfaces with a brush or squeegee. He scrapes or sands down protrusions to create a smooth surface. This technique produces ridges of paint at the edges of the work that project beyond the frame into space and thus create a fascinating plasticity. The grey that lends the work its name gives the surface a finish, but it by no means seals off the underlying layers, allowing them to latently shimmer through. This creates the special glow that is reminiscent of a bare aluminium surface that refracts light.

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