Werner Kiesel's "Landscapes" on exhibit at the FRITSCH Technology Center

Mediterranean Light

(lifePR) ( Markt Einersheim, )
While many a physicist is still pondering over the question of whether light should be more properly considered a wave or a collection of particles, painters like Werner Kiesel have succeeded in instilling in their works -- if not light itself -- a palpable existence that substantially reveals the character of light. The large-scale works on display now at the FRITSCH Technology Center (FTC) in Kitzingen comprise depictions of the artist's effort to come to grips with what he refers to as "memories of landscape", color compositions filled with expressive light. Using simple sketches as memory aids, Kiesel first applies a thin layer of acrylic paint onto a smooth surface with a squeegee, successively thickening design and color effect by repeated layering. Guided by equal parts of his original conception and the evolving image, Kiesel's finished products are vibrant, room-filling variations on the theme of light and color awash in glowing energy.

Only works that are in some respect at least related to Franconian life and culture are exhibited at this venue in Kitzingen. And a glance at Kiesel's CV shows that the artist satisfies this requirement many times over. Born in 1956 in Obertheres, he began his studies in 1977 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nürnberg under the direction of professors Dollhopf, Weil and Scharl . After his exams and before starting his career as an art teacher at the Gymnasium, Kiesel worked as a lecturer at the Technical College in Coburg. Today he lives in the far west Franconian city of Aschaffenburg. Kiesel's landscapes, however, are in no way "Franconian" if what we mean by this is a simple folksy earthiness. On the contrary, his works are imbued with rather a southern, almost Mediterranean, light of longing.

Kiesel is now the fourth artist to exhibit his works to the general public at the FRITSCH Technology Center in Kitzingen. The "holy halls", as keynote speaker Dr. Magnus Kuhn referred to them with a touch of irony, are thus establishing themselves slowly but surely as a haven for Franconian artists and their works. Providing the musical backdrop at the vernissage held on 11 November was Rosemarie Seitz from Eibelstadt, performing works of Alphonse Hasselmans, Naomi Shemer and Samuel O. Pratt on the harp.
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