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Michael Stricker
Freelance painter
Lives and works in southern Germany

Member of the Friends of the Stuttgart State Gallery since 2013

I've been painting for over 25 years. In the beginning it was simple watercolors and pastels, pictures in oil were added very soon and for some years now I have been painting almost exclusively with acrylics. The landscapes and nature are still the focus of my representational painting. But animals and especially humans are becoming increasingly common. The colors become stronger and stronger, more and more detach from the real model and increase their expressiveness. But with all further developments, the strong brushstroke remains, so to speak, style-forming.
A certain abstraction is what I am striving for. But the way there is difficult and long.

I used to paint only "en plein air", that is, in front of nature, but only recently have I got to know and appreciate the advantages of painting in a secure, enclosed space. I am self-taught, but still had the pleasure of receiving art lessons from Utz Föll, a student of Manfred Henninger, at the Max Born High School in Backnang for a few years. And Henninger was again a student of the Austrian expressionist Oskar Kokoschka! Maybe it was Utz Föll who once awakened the "artist soul in me"? In any case, I see myself with a winking eye on the tradition of these outstanding artists ....


© Michael Stricker (c) 2020