Five questions to Christian Bär

Five questions to Christian Bär

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Christian Bär was born in Stuttgart in 1989. He studied painting and printmaking at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, where he is still living and work. Since when do you paint and what are your favorite motives?

It was actually during my Highschool year in Canada when I decided to become an Artist. I was 16 back then. I spend a lot of time playing computer games when I was a teenager, up to the point when I even got bored of them. So, at that time I was teaching myself all those graphic design programs, which I still know how to use fluently and from there on, I was moving more and more into arts. I guess you can still see the computer-based Imagery in my works today. As far as Motives go, a broader understanding of “Landscape” and the digital impact on their visual appearance plays a major role in my body of work.

When you create a new work, how do you proceed? What comes first? 

My Painting process can maybe be best described as a game of ping pong between the canvas and my digital sketches on the iPad. A Painting either it starts of by a digital drawing, which I transfer onto the canvas or a picture I take from the canvas, when it already has some marks and colors on. I always move between Canvas and Ipad. Transferring the digital Idea on the Canvas or bringing a Picture on the canvas into the drawing App and continue working on it there. From what do you get your motivation? 

The motivation to make these works comes mostly from the works themselves and my urge to be challenged by them again and again. In that best case scenario, I learn or discover something within them that I couldn’t have thought of myself, which then lead to more paintings. And Motivation also comes from a wide range of digital imagery which make me want to do paintings inspired or influenced by them. So you could say, it is visual encounters that make me want to do Art. Your life without art would be...

I really don’t know. I would do something completely different, I guess. Maybe I would work as a financial Broker to be able to offered lots of Artworks for my fancy home.  No, I seriously can’t Imagen. But u guess I am lucky that this kind of question is not troubling me too much. Hahhaha.

What's the best art venue in your city right now? 

That is a though question to answer, because things a moving quickly in the city of Leipzig. There are the established Galleries at the Spinnerei, an impressive private Collection (G2) and a lot of off-spaces/ art-spaces, who are all worth a visit. I couldn’t decide on one, but spaces like Ortloff, Bistro21 and Porte would be top-of-the-list. Learn more about the artist: