Silke Leverkühne

For me it is important that painting always retains a somewhat coarse quality, where it stagnates and the viewing is refracted. I use many fine gradations of colour that one could continue on with infinitely but which would very soon appear  too virtuosic or mannered.

This would be the expense of power and immediacy. That ist the picture’s vitality. It should not become  „too beautiful“. I must frequently destroy, but then continue painting as if it were the starting phase of work on a picture, when it is being  laid out. It encompasses numerous layers. The pictures are contructed entirely from perception, become entities of colour, rhythm and form at the instant of their personification, transforming and metamorphosing the changing.

I studied fine arts at the Kunstakademie Duesseldorf and for one year at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze. Since 2004 I am teaching as a professor for painting at the University of Cologne.

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