contemporary art / history of art

Rosemarie Krefeld

Born in Berlin, Rosemarie lives and works since many years in Antibes, South of France. She had numerous exhibitions in renowned galleries, especially at the Côte d’Azur.

Her style is strongly individual, independent from movements, styles or artistic groups, even though she studied art history and was always in contact with other artists. The very precisely carried out paintings mostly show a kind of metal effect. This is truer for the ones of the 1980ies, which appear to be often machines or part of machines. But even the works from the 1990ies and the first decade of the 21st century, whose subjects include more often persons, archetypes or Saints refer to this style. The human bodies are composed by metal tubes or engine elements, or are surrounded by them. Especially in her series about Frida Kahlo, the Mexican painter seems to be pierced by a metal rod, naturally in reference to her tragic accident. Other metal parts encircle the face of the young woman. Even though the colour gradient is perfectly worked out to show the volume of the picture elements, the entire paintings appear without picture-space. Partly there is deepness, but it’s only an illusion, thwarted by plat colour fields beside. Many of the paintings in this period resemble mostly to collages, however they are pure painting.

Since some years Rosemarie returned to her beloved machines, but now she includes often real metal parts, which are reflected by the paintings. In her latest series, exposed in November 2014 at the Zanka-Gallery in Antibes, the subjects are again more often personifications, frequently mythological. Nevertheless the paintings seem to be abstract, build once again out of mechanical elements.

Throughout her artistic career, the dimensions of Rosemarie’s paintings vary. Her oil and gouache paintings are sometimes really small (around 20 cm x 20 cm), but they can also be huge (up to 3 meters high) or something in between.

Rosemarie herself sometimes thinks, that her predilection for metal might be related to one of her ancestors, who had been blacksmith and armourer.


Artwork of the month / September 2015