“Discuss How the Practice of an Artist Is Shaped by Material and Conceptual Choices”. - Hundertwasser

Topics: Gustav Klimt, Vienna, Austria Pages: 3 (1067 words) Published: August 11, 2011
“I believe that within each of us is a compilation of memories, sensations, images, dreams and wishes, which I call “Individualfilm”. In my opinion the role of art is to bring this material to a conscious level”. – Hundertwasser

“Discuss how the practice of an artist is shaped by material and conceptual choices”.

Hundertwasser is the artist I will be discussing in this extended response. Hundertwasser has a very interesting material and conceptual practice. His material practice is very unique and imaginative. He can be considered a “colourist” painter, as colour is an essential, if not overriding element of all his work. His conceptual practice focuses a lot on his great interest in a sane environment expressed as a stable relationship between man, the built world and nature. Throughout this extended response I will refer to the following artworks; “Irinaland over the Balkans” and “The Occidental”.

Hundertwasser was a painter, architect and an ecologist. Hundertwasser’s original and unruly artistic vision expressed itself in pictorial art, environmentalism, philosophy, and design of facades, postage stamps, flags, coins, posters and clothing.

Hundertwasser’s main theme in his material practice is his use of colour in his artworks. Colour is an essential if not overriding element of all his work. He uses highly saturated colours regardless of the subject matter. Hundertwasser try’s not to use materials from plants and animals as they fade. He uses inorganic, like bricks, volcanic sand, soil and coal, etc. He grinds the colours and mixes them with oil or with egg or acrylic or polyvinyl or with wax. Hundertwasser likes to make his own colours as he feels it makes him independent from the world. “The colours you buy in the store are so finely ground that they don’t have soul anymore. When I grind them myself they are much rougher and have a texture you can see and feel. There are no colours you can buy which have a feeling and a life. This is one of...
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