Five questions to Martina Furk

Five questions to Martina Furk

Martina Furk (born 1955) is a contemporary artist, lives near Cologne / Germany and works in a historical house, which she has converted into a studio house. Inspired by the positive vibes of the house, she creates colorful, abstract and experimental works in acrylic on canvas, paper and cardboard.How did you get into art?

Painting is an important part of me since my childhood. In my family there were several talented painters, which were the main reason for me to start with art. However, there were some detours until I could do what I always wanted: paint.

How would you describe your style? What makes your art special?

Free, wild, powerful, experimental, sometimes chaotic, above all colorful. One color defines the painting. I do not want to represent or concretize, my only intention is to show the traces of the process.

I love what I do. The freedom to work experimentally using unconventional painting tools allows me to create extraordinary results. Creation and destruction are very close together. This becomes visible in the many layers and traces of paint.

How do you go about developing your work?

I work intuitively, without concrete plans or specific ideas. I start to paint and my gut and my feelings are controlling the process. The color determines the image, gives the direction and the results are often surprising.

Who or what influences you? 

Great artists like Cy Twombly, Antoni Tapies, Helen Frankenthaler and Joan Mitchell are my muses for doing abstract and experimental art. In over 30 years of creation, I have found my own way and get inspired by everything in me and around me.

What are you planning to do next?

Currently I am working on a new series in small format. I will keep working experimentally, freely and abstractly. I am excited and open minded, where the path will lead me.