Thomas von Poschinger creates his paintings with an explosive
use of colour and a powerful portrayal of forms. The diverse
compositions all revolve around one leitmotif: stars. The artist
consciously plays on the dual meaning of the term. The motif in his
photographs is more obvious than in his paintings, in which the
star formations are developed in jagged and criss-cross forms, only
to implode once again in a colour storm on the canvas. In these
works we meet personalities from the world of glamour who are happy
to be seen splashed across the covers of glossy magazines. For the
large-format, photographical portraits the artist uses photos from
the tabloid press, which he then photographs using his smartphone.
For example, the work “Prince
Harry” shows the prince playing polo. In
the enlarged image, the reflected flash forms an element that
outshines its surroundings, partially obliterating the actual
For his word images, Thomas von Poschinger also chooses people and
places that evoke associations in our collective memory:
Sensibility”, title of the novel by Jane
Austen, which the young author wrote at barely 20 years of age at
the end of the 18th century. But for the artist it is not all about
the connotations of the content. The sound of the word and its
aesthetic manifestation on the canvas also play a role and are
responsible for the colour and the way in which the letters take
shape and are interpolated into the given format. The myth of the
stars forms a common thread weaved through the works of Thomas von
Poschinger. In a sensitive and subtle way, the artist asks
questions about genesis and decay, the creation and dissolution of
the self and about finding and losing oneself
– just as stars are born and fade away.
Thomas von Poschinger (born in Munich in 1981) lives and works in
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