Architecture inspires art

Artistic space

25 September 2020 | Art and Entertainment

Martina von Wenzel; Gallery owner; “The difference between architecture and painting is rooted in the way we experience space.”

Swakopmund

The Fine Art Gallery’s latest selection of paintings showcases how modern artists are reflecting architecture.

The collection encompasses everything from simple farmhouses and huts in rural settings to architectural landmarks and cityscapes filled with grand skyscrapers.

It features artists like Diane Johnson–Ackerman, Lepie Jacobs, Heidi Louw, Adolph Jentsch, Anita Roux and Herbert Diener.
Space is a catchphrase that is known by everyone, who is in any way engaged with the construction industry.

According to the owner of the Fine Art Gallery, Martina von Wenzel, the art of architecture is known as the making of space. “The difference between architecture and painting is rooted in the way we experience space.”

She says the two disciplines are closer than what they are thought to be.

“Although painting and architecture are usually considered to be two different arts or separate disciplines, artists and architects have always been inspired by each other and have shared ideas and practices.”

Fine Art Gallery’s latest selection of paintings showcases how today’s artists are reflecting the age-old alliance.

“This subtle and sophisticated exhibition is filled with painted and drawn visual delights in both well- and little-known works from the artists own collections,” said Von Wenzel.

The art includes interior views as well as exteriors.

“Perceptual space turns into visual space – and this is a transformation of brilliance. By looking afresh at buildings within paintings, treating them as active protagonists, it becomes clear that they perform a series of crucial roles. Buildings have an important aesthetic function,” Von Wenzel said.

In the selection, artists depict decorations and enliven pictures with their geometric forms, elegant arches, columns, their colours and materials, and the fine details of their friezes or capitals.

While many artists create faithful representations of architectural structures, some use architecture as a springboard into abstraction.

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