Hubert Scheibl is one of the most important contemporary Austrian painters. His oil paintings and drawings are always non-representational, renouncing subject matter in favour of emotions, the artist’s own, as well as those of his spectators.
His art is defined by dichotomies and antinomies. Certain works reveal an infinite variety of colour in the cracks in the uppermost, bright monochrome layer of paint. Others depend on the contrast within spaces of light, reminiscent of the Old Masters, countered by grand painterly gestures, executed in one controlled movement. Others in turn open new vistas on imaginary landscapes of colour and light, behind mist-like veils of colour. All of Hubert Scheibl’s paintings, however, seem suffused by an inner radiance.
About the artist
Born 1952 in Gmunden, Austria
Lives and work in Vienna, Austria
Hubert Scheibl’s paintings are poignantly balanced between intuition and careful consideration, between an impulsive painterly directness and a reflective distance. The artist likes to give his paintings expressive titles, often borrowed from the cinema, intentionally evoking, as a subtext, a variety of associations in the viewer. Yet the attempt to discover a theme usually comes to naught, or rather leads back to painting itself, to colour and the movement generated by the layers of paint.