This was not my first encounter with Bernd Heinrich’s art, I saw it here and there, in several group shows. And every time, I would stop in front of his work and stare at all the details, the moving colours, the calm energy radiating from his paintings.
When I saw on my “Gallery and Museum list” that a full Bernd Heinrich exhibition was showing in one of my favourite art places in Sydney, the Manly Art Gallery & Museum, I naturally took the ferry to go there.
It was a small exhibition, with less than a dozen paintings displayed in total; very memorable though.
I love his compositions, with delimited horizontal coloured fields, and horizontal thicker lines of paint. More diluted paint dripped vertically to create a complex textural feel to these artworks. Bright shapes are also dancing on the canvas, partly hidden behind the colours, suddenly catching the eye, all different in the technique used: crayon, paintbrush, spray+stencil… Abstract shapes like strange everyday objects, familiar and appealing.
But what strikes me the most each time with Bernd Heinrich are the colours: vivid red here, yellow there, a blue window in the middle, a joyful ballet where elements freely bump into each other; sometimes the colours are framed by some deep black and bright white, creating some sort of landscapes in which one could easily – and happily – lose himself.
For me, Bernd Heinrich’s art is inspiring, nourishing, free of negative tension or violence, complex and beautiful at the same time… brilliant!3