Galerie Kornfeld is pleased to present a two-person exhibition of paintings from Natela Iankoshvili and Christopher Lehmpfuhl. This exhibition looks at Georgia as a site of inspiration for two strong artists coming from radically different positions: a contemporary male painter who was born and still lives in Berlin, Germany, works on the spot in a country he has never visited before, and paints there with his hands, en plein air. And a strong woman, who was born and lived in Georgia from 1918 to 2007, and who can be regarded as the most notable Georgian female artist of the 20th century, paints the landscapes of her home country in her own, unique style, with powerful brushstrokes set on a dark background.
About the artists
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.
Born in 1918 in Tbilisi, Georgia
Passed in 2007 in Tbilisi, Georgia
Iankoshvili studied at the Art Academy in Tbilisi. She showcased an early departure from the grim representation of idealized scenes of Communist reality towards a more vibrant, individualistic painterly style. Themes such as motherhood and femininity replaced the pseudo-ethnographic sexless depictions of female workers of the 1950s and 1960s. Her travels cemented in her work a desire to freely depict imagery usually unseen to the typically isolated Soviet Union where to exist as an artist was to conform to societies stringent masculine norms.