We recently sat down with one of the most promising artists on our online platform, Matthias Pilsl. Matthias currently lives and works in Sturrtgart, Germany. He discussed with us the concepts and sources of inspiration behind his works.
(Q1) What are the concepts behind your work?
In my work, it is important for me to compensate individual contents which already exists on the canvas. I don’t want to create clarity in my paintings. The aim is to built a full balanced painting where hard contrasts or opposites can live next to each other without excluding each other. It is the functional state of uncertainty which interests me. Therefore I eliminate any type of unique atmosphere. It’s not that they are not there, but only in partial aspects which are always surrounded by contrary parts in addition.
I think we have to find a good way of handling with all those ambiguities we embedded in. My hope is, that paintings as a concrete opposite, effects reciepents and also myself by a continous mind process which increases in the end the personal perception and the personal acceptance for a transfer to personal actions.
“Untitled” (Streetscape Nr. 37), Oil on Canvas, 2017, 100 x 80 cm, USD 3,400
(Q2) Through the past and present, who and what have influenced your work?
When I was a child, my mother painted a lot which I imitated very fast. At the age of twelve, she picked me to my first Portrait drawing course. I started painting consequently at the age of 19. The first time I was very symbiotic with my work and painted in my own world, a process of unloading useless baggage. Gerhard Richter was a first impulse to reflect my work and bring it more to contemporary fields.
The second influencer were always my own passions. Wether it is photographie, drawing or doing sports. But the nearest impact for painting has music. Music has always been a close companion to my painterly work. I am a musician too. I think that there is a mutual interference between those two genres. It’s fascinating to see that I often struggeling at the same points in both disciplines.
“Untitled” (Sheep), Oil on Canvas, 2014, 140 x 105 cm, USD 3,250
(Q3) Do you envision the composition beforehand or do you develop it along the process?
I think it’s both. I’m developing a composition in the beginning on the computer. There are all those options putting different qualities together like photography, computerized graphics, or parts of older paintings of mine, and set the first idea. Then the progress becomes more and more classical and I have to intervene more with direct painterly solutions and bring the work through its development process.
“Untitled”(Streetscape Nr. 36), Oil on Canvas, 2016, 100 x 80 cm, USD 3,400
(Q4) Would you say that your personal relationships are reflected by the relationships between the elements set in your composition?
Yes and no. My paintings doesn’t describe my attitude in personal relationships. Therefore the paintings are too constructed. But they show more my perception and thinking in general. I act after my deepest convictions. So I think on a personal level I show my innermost beeing, unfiltered. Otherwise I wouldn’t have such a deep relationship to them. Probably a third person with an objective position would have to evaluate the porportions between painting and relationship.
“Untitled” (Chair behind Curtain), Oil on Canvas, 2014, 40 x 50 cm, USD 1,250
(Q5) What are your favourite films, literature, music and artists?
My favourite films are “Veronika”, “Birdman” and “The walking dead” as a series. My favourite writers are Hermann Hesse, Michel Houllebeque, Haruki Murakami, Irvin d Yalom and Andreas Altmann. My favourite Music is John Frusiante, Beck, Radiohead, Scout Niblett and Caribou.
“Untitled”(Goat), Oil on Canvas, 2014, 80 x 80cm, USD 2,250
More about Matthias Pilsl
Matthias Pilsl was born in 1980 – he currently works and lives in Stuttgart, Germany. In his work, his intension is to explore the essence of composition. His deep engagement concerns not only the painterly composition which behaves coherent to the content-related discussion of the painting. It is the relationship between the whole and its parts – the echo from the perception of all senses – which reassemble in an abstract image at any moment in our lifetime. “We all are at any time in relationship” , the artist stated. Be it spatial, cognitive or in larger contexts – every moment generates a individual code.