Christopher Lehmpfuhl’s expressive paintings chronicle the ecstasy of an immediate experience of reality, the act of seeing, as well as the transformation of the seen within painting. The artist always paints in front of his subject matter: some people might have already seen him go back and forth – highly focussed, with paint-spattered clothes – between canvass, paint bucket and palette, zooming in on his subject, before stepping back to bare handedly apply the paint to the canvas with precise movements. He thus creates three-dimensional colour reliefs with a strong haptic quality.
About the artist
Born 1972 in Berlin, Germany
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany
Christopher Lehmpfuhl carries the tradition of plein-air painting into our present day. As the impressionists did more than 100 years ago, he takes his colours and his canvases and goes where his subject is. In Christopher Lehmpfuhl's practice, painting becomes a performative act that includes sight as well as touch, hearing and smell. His paintings are the result of an intense dialogue with the world through all the impressions that find their way onto the canvas through the painter's eyes, arms, hands and his colours.