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INGEBORG HERCKENRATH, ARTIST

In MASTERS GALLERY are published weekly art works by prominent artists. Ingeborg Herckenrath draws her inspiration mainly from people, culture and travel. With her expressive painting technique she creates dynamic works in which beauty is central. Her art now hangs at home and abroad and she has starred in the television program Stars on the canvas.Text: Larissa Schaule Jullens
Image: Ingeborg Herckenrath

Stars on the canvas: Eva

Eva Jinek's portrait is special for the program Stars on the canvas made. This painting technique captures small nuances in their facial expressions in a monumental way. Eva Jinek's portrait is made with a powerful and expressive use of color: this takes the painting to another dimension. I have also incorporated a number of characteristics of her personality and her past into the painting. Eva discusses current affairs every day in her program. I have referred to this by using newspaper as a base on the surface. I applied a thick layer of paint over it, but the newspaper remains visible in some places. I have incorporated the flag of her native country America and the flag of her parents' homeland, the Czech Republic, over the entire composition. I have pasted the national anthem of both countries and some typical images such as the Statue of Liberty. Her son's name can also be seen. I accentuated Eva's blonde hair with gold leaf. I deliberately painted Maxima up close so that I could properly capture her expression and personality. Here too I used expressive colors and accentuated her blonde hair with gold leaf. In the background I have incorporated the colors of the Argentinian Pampas and Andes.

Wondering

I have a great passion for color, design and artistic designs. From an early age I had the urge to express myself creatively. I like to work intuitively and I also like to experiment. I first make a plan and composition and only then do I let the paint do its thing. Each work of art therefore has a unique implementation of technology, but it always remains in harmony with what it should radiate. In combination with my preparatory work, this gives spontaneity on the one hand and accuracy on the other. In my large portraits I omit recognizable lines so that only color and shape remain. This creates large abstract parts. As a whole, I look for positive emotion and energy that moves me. The large size of my paintings provides strong expressiveness in the spaces where they hang. The theme of this work Wondering is the relationship between people. Sometimes you wonder where you stand and this reflection can help you take the next step in your life.

Floral Motion

In this painting I use bright colors that I process with my own painting technique. As the basis for this work I took the flowers of the old masters. I have adapted this in an expressive way to my own technique. In addition to the brushes, I also use other tools and materials to process the paint. The enrichment of colors is not limited, creating a strong visually dynamic image. This contrasts with the model's neutral gaze. For me this is synonymous with the layered emotions in people. From the outside it is impossible to judge what is going on in the head. Behind a neutral look can hide a volcano of feelings with desires, doubt, insecurity and love.