09 January 2013

Woodsy scenes

Ull Hohn (1960 – 1995) moved from a small town in North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany to West Berlin to study painting at the University of the Arts in 1980.

At this time the Neue Wilde were dominating West German painting with their neo-expressionism.

If you click neo-expressionism (Wikipedia), you'll see that Georg Baselitz is the first painter listed in the category Neo-expressionism around the world --» Germany. One of his paintings.

Two Meissen Woodsmen (1967) by Georg Baselitz

Ull Hohn was not interested in angry, masculine painting; he rejected the broad brushstrokes and craziness of the Neue Wilde. He preferred a more controlled style, which he saw as “serial color-configurations of pure painting”.

Four years later Ull Hohn moved to Düsseldorf. Yet by the autumn of 1986, he had left Germany for New York. He felt liberated in New York, far from the somewhat conservative and provincial environs of Düsseldorf.

By 1993, near the end of his life, Ull Hohn had completed an ambitious series of landscapes (above) predicated on the lessons of Bob Ross, a well-known TV painter.

Mountain Splender by Bob Ross

Ull Hohn also made Sex paintings.

Klaus Nomi - Valentine's Day from the posthumous album Za Bakdaz

Za Bakdaz is a collection of songs German countertenor Klaus Nomi was working on up until his death in 1983.The album was released posthumously in 2007.

Klaus Nomi was an exquisite man who loved coffee and pastry.