Featured Artist Elke Daemmrich

Artist Elke Daemmrich’s etchings and paintings showcase her variety of interests, including a love of nature and connection with world culture. Visit her website for more.

 

“The Resurrection” Oil on Canvas, 47” x 55” by artist Elke Daemmrich. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Resurrection” Oil on Canvas, 47” x 55”

 

Born in Dresden, East Germany, and living in the south of France since the beginning of the nineties, my art reflects the interplay of north and south. My paintings are created in the heat of the Mediterranean and my etchings in the winter months in the Dresden studio. I am always trying to open new spaces and constellations between the worlds.

 

“The Swimmer” Oil on Canvas, 71” x 53” by artist Elke Daemmrich. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Swimmer” Oil on Canvas, 71” x 53”

 

In 1993, I won a scholarship from the Kulturfonds Foundation Berlin for my project “The Light of the South” with which I went to the south of France. There, the hard structures of my concrete paintings from the early nineties flowed like wax.

 

“The Dream of Liberty” Oil on Canvas, 31” x 35” by artist Elke Daemmrich. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Dream of Liberty” Oil on Canvas, 31” x 35”

 

Influences on my art were the energy, space, light, culture and landscapes of the south, which are all interconnected. This new experience led to my move to southern France and to the purchase of a medieval house near Toulouse.

 

“Les Toros de Burdeos” Engraving on Copper, 40” x 30” by artist Elke Daemmrich. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Les Toros de Burdeos” Engraving on Copper, 40” x 30”

 

In 1997, life in the South of France led to my interest in bullfighting, a topic that kept me busy for several years. I created my first engravings and etchings for this series and they were shown in a comprehensive exhibition at the Goya Museum in Castres.

 

“The Bug: or Homage to the Victims of the Attacks” Oil on Canvas, 79” x 59” by artist Elke Daemmrich. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Bug: or Homage to the Victims of the Attacks” Oil on Canvas, 79” x 59”

 

In 1999, I was inspired by a trip to New York for a series of paintings that I continued after the attacks on 9/11.

 

“L’invasion” Etching on Zinc, 19” x 16” by artist Elke Daemmrich. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“L’invasion” Etching on Zinc, 19” x 16”

 

Since 2004, the Mediterranean flora and fauna has taken center stage in my artistic work, which has inspired several exhibitions and a stay in Spain to work.

 

“Homeless” (From the Virginia Drawings Series) Drawing, 30” x 22” by artist Elke Daemmrich. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Homeless” (From the Virginia Drawings Series) Drawing, 30” x 22”

 

When I was awarded the Individual Support Grant of the Adolph & Ester Gottlieb Foundation in 2014, I went back to my very first medium—drawing on paper while out in nature, which I have enjoyed ever since. My series, “Virginia Drawings” which I produced during my stay at VCCA, Virginia, in 2015, is an example of this.

 

“Syria War” (2 Featured from a Series of 12) Etching on Zinc, Each 6” x 4” by artist Elke Daemmrich. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Syria War” (2 Featured from a Series of 12) Etching on Zinc, Each 6” x 4”

 

In 2016/2017, influenced directly by growing insecurity, terrorist attacks and wars, I created a painting series titled “Critical Paintings” as well as the graphic cycle “Syria War” which was awarded the Unesco Prize in Monaco.

 

“He was Born as the Ninth Child” (From the Richard Wagner Series) Etching on Zinc, 10” x 8” by artist Elke Daemmrich. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“He was Born as the Ninth Child” (From the Richard Wagner Series) Etching on Zinc, 10” x 8”

 

In the winter months of 2018 as a scholarship holder in the Richard Wagner Stätten Graupa near Dresden, I examined the influence of the Saxon landscape in Wagner’s compositional work as well as his personal life in a new graphic series.

 

“Rotenfels” Oil on Canvas, 71” x 59” by artist Elke Daemmrich. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Rotenfels” Oil on Canvas, 71” x 59”

 

In the summer of 2018, my residence in the Ebernburg Artist’s Station in Germany opened new pictorial constellations with my exploration of the rock “Red Rock” in the context of an existential dimension of view and fall.

 

“The Drones” Oil on Canvas, 59” x 71” by artist Elke Daemmrich. See her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“The Drones” Oil on Canvas, 59” x 71”

 

In this sense, I translate cultures and visual worlds. I am an artist who celebrates nature and the world as an aesthetically fragile but indestructible martyrdom.

 

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