Exhibition from 09.02.2022 — 12.03.2022
Wolfgang Stifter, born in Ottensheim (Upper Austria) in 1946, studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna from 1964 to 1970 under Prof. Maximilian Melcher, who will celebrate his 100th birthday in 2022. I’d be celebrating my birthday.
“In this exhibition Wolfgang Stifter intertwines two series of works that have been successively developed for quite some time: “Die Dinge des Lebens (Le cose della vita)” started in Italy in 2019 and “Leaves from the Amber Room” already in 2017, whereby the use of hard oils on Japanese paper, which make the picture support partially translucent, represents the personal novelty in these works.
In the former series, “The Things of Life”, mixed media on paper and canvas, the individual elements that make up the composition of the picture remain more visible than before, more contoured and sometimes only loosely connected to one another. In the meantime, the series “Leaves from the Amber Room” is heading for a new climax: the leaves are getting larger and denser and — because of their implied origin — are underlaid with Cyrillic print in their transparent parts.
All the works bear titles that, in addition to the many zoomorphic elements, introduce a further associative level that makes the viewer linger longer in front of the picture.” (Wolfgang Stifter)
Wolfgang Stifter lives and works in Ottensheim.