Paintings | Digital painting
About the artist
No more thinking. Painting.
The Düsseldorf artist Klaus Heckhoff leaves the safe paths of the familiar. He paints digitally. He uses the new technology because it helps him to switch off the ratio addressed to him and to make room for a visual intelligence. Digitalisation allows him to experiment spontaneously with elements of colour, form and meaning with a spontaneity that is not possible in traditional painting.
I want the unimagined, the not pre-imagined images. The images that know more than I do. Digitisation helps me to break out of the cage of my thinking and to enter the paradise of chaos and to put the brakes on rational considerations as far as possible, so that the chance for knowledge grows. Because, as we know, knowledge always grows when the usual coherence is broken and expectations are outwitted, says Heckhoff.
He can see immediately and in real terms on the screen of his computer what is happening on his digital canvas. Heckhoff can spontaneously assess the individual picture elements, weigh them against each other, accept or reject them. He no longer has to take the diversions via the limited possibilities of his consciousness and think up how something could theoretically be. The subjunctive falls away. Heckhoff uses the opportunity to make archetypal knowledge visible and tangible.
Birth, school, swimming, rowing, writing, painting, first love, death in Mülheim an der Ruhr. Studied graphic design at the Werkkunstschule, Düsseldorf. Graphic designer, then creative director in international advertising agencies. During this time, lectureship at the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences, specialising in communication design.
From 2004 painting as main profession (Berlin)
From 2010 beginning of exhibition activity (Düsseldorf).
Works | Series
Good night Europe
Come to the blue sea for a while
2016 | Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany
Galerie an der Ruhr, Stop thinking. Painting.
2010 | Düsseldorf, Germany "The Journey to Url" at the Moscow branch of the gallery Le Connaisseur
2010 | Neuss, Germany "Röslein rot" at the Museum Kunstraum Neuss
2015 | Düsseldorf, Germany Participation in the annual exhibition of the Verein Düsseldorfer Künstler
2015 | Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany "An der Grenze" with the Association of Mülheim Artists and the Theater an der Ruhr
2015 | Düsseldorf, Germany Participation in the annual exhibition of the Association of Düsseldorf Artists
2017 | Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany Exhibition "Jackson Pollock Visiting" at the Galerie an der Ruhr
2017 | Düsseldorf, Germany Participation in the annual exhibition of the Association of Düsseldorf Artists
2018 | Herten, Germany Exhibition "Revierkunst" with artists of the Ruhr area, Zeche Ewald
2018 | Düsseldorf, Germany Participation in the annual exhibition of the Association of Düsseldorf Artists
2016 | Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany Exhibition at the Kunstmuseum Mülheim an der Ruhr with the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Mülheimer Künstler