The Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) will hold a painting exhibition of Austrian artist Arnulf Rainer on Tuesday at Bait El Sarkal, ARTS area, from 4 pm to 7 pm.
This retrospective exhibition titled ‘Arnulf Rainer: Towards Overpaintings’ highlights early works like videos, paintings and sculptures, previously not exhibited anywhere, by self-taught Austrian artist Arnulf Rainer.
The closing tour of his more than 100 paintings will showcase the artistic endeavour of this famous Australian self-taught artist, said the SAF.
‘Chaotic painter’ Rainer was instrumental in the creation of Hundsgruppe (Dog Pack) alongside Ernst Fuchs, Anton Lehmden, Arik Brauer, Wolfgang Hollegha, Josef Mikl and Maria Lassnig in 1950.
This group was heavily influenced by then prevailing ideas in his home land Austria like psychoanalysis. They also tried to bring into their work existing European ideas on abstract expressionism, action painting, surrealism etc.
In his artistic endeavours, Rainer tried to chart out a new path, by breaking free from conventions of traditional techniques. He showed fascination for a physicality of painting.
Rainer’s endeavours gave new directions of the group later and a centrestone of their future works.
Freud and psychoanalysis have influenced him enormously. Rainer showed a strong affinity for mental health, finding inspiration in Surrealist automatism and gestural painting. This led him to work often blindfolded on many occasions, and often driving himself to physical and mental extremes.
To explore the medium, he has often experimented like walking on canvases with bare feet and smearing thick paint directly onto the surface with his bare hands. Also the frequent use of the colour ‘red’ in his paintings to hide the bleeding arising from cuts and abrasions also give a new dimension to his artistic endeavours.
Please join at the venue on Tuesday to catch up with the artist and his work at Bait El Sarkal, ARTS area…