The works of artist Andreas Chwatal transport the
viewer to a fanciful black-and-white world. This is the setting of
fictional stories that the artist frequently tells in an interplay
of text and images. Ink drawings are his medium, which he executes
in small and (lately also) large formats in his unmistakeable
signature. Chwatal’s roots are in
representationalism, and his works on paper are characterised by
precise, detailed work and a skilful play with light and shadows.
In his earliest works, he increasingly turns to abstraction, which
brings an additional level of meaning to the image
The “Employees of
Wahrheit”) series, which was created for
STARTUPART II, is also characterised by abstraction.
Chwatal’s ink drawings, which are mostly
painted with wide, sweeping brush strokes, with some areas
subsequently faded out using strong water pressure or dabbing and
washing, look like enlarged details of his earlier, figurative
works. His refined technique during the creation process makes the
two-dimensional colour application look three-dimensional. Some
pieces create associations with western script or Far Eastern
Chwatal's new gestural drawings retain an episodic
aspect and create a new form of stroytelling. "Mitarbeiter der
Wahrheit" marked the emergence of an entirely new group of works in
the artist's oeuvre which is definded by a diverse abstract
repertoire of shapes and remains consciously unclear in its
narration. This way the mysticism inherent in Andreas Chwatal's
works remains and is even enhanced through the secretive title.
Andreas Chwatal (born in 1982 in Regensburg) lives
and works in Munich.
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