BORN: 1967 IN ESSEN, GERMANY
LIVES AND WORKS IN HAMBURG AND BARCELONA
Stefan Heyer and his gestural abstracts are an exploration of histories, both personal and shared, and are inspired by pop culture, political issues, nature and postmodern alienation. Stefan’s works are extremely layered, as he drips paint, scrawls words on the canvas, and mixes mediums including oil and acrylic paints, crayon, pencil, marker, and digital photographs. Stefan obscures any tangible points of reference, enabling the viewer to discover new meaning in his works.
Stefan has exhibited his works in shows and art fairs across Europe in cities including Hamburg, Berlin, Genova, Vienna, and Brussels. His first solo exhibition was at Mono Gallery in Hamburg. More recently, he had a solo show titled Corridors at Gudbergnerger in Hamburg. Lanoue Gallery in Boston is pleased to be the first gallery in the United States to exhibit Heyer's work
“I set out to explore the vast territory between my personal West German, pop culture-embossed upbringing, political issues from the past, history in general, and our postmodern alienation. With my style, I want to reach an essence and pureness and authenticity beyond superficial levels of meaning. I have a very clear imagination of the approximate. Working with opposites, I mix abstraction with the tangibility of the visible world.
My main motive is the search for a new beauty in the contradiction of our reality. As it is with a good poem, the poetical sound, the lyrical vibe, needs to ignite the reader. The semantic level can gradually get discovered. Ambiguities are to be tolerated and withstood – it should not be too comfortable. If I immediately know what’s going on, it is getting boring. A painting should remain a mystery.”