Saturday, June 28, 2014

Friedensreich Hundertwasser: artist, environmental designer and architect

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Watercolour and marker
©2014 Charlene Brown

The unique and always extravagant artistic vision of Friedensreich Hunderwasser (1928-2000) expressed itself in painting, environmentalism, design of facades, as well as stamps for various countries and the United Nations. The common themes in his work are bright colours, organic forms, a reconciliation of humans with nature, and a strong individualism.  He was not fond of straight lines.
His architectural work is comparable to Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926) in its use of colourful tile and biomorphic forms. He was also inspired by the art of Austrian painters Egon Schiele (1890 -1918) and Gustav Klimpt (1862 - 1918).
I love Hundertwasser’s work, and have previously painted one of his facades – a district heating plant in Vienna.  I finally made it round to see the fantastic Hundertwasserhaus, built about thirty years ago, after my recent University of Victoria Travel Study program in the Balkans.

Most of the UVic program involved much older structures – Roman Archaeology and Medieval and Venetian Renaissance architecture and I’ll be writing some blog posts about these as soon as I finish up a few more paintings.