Florian Heinke... Less sense and more sensibility

By Vincent Echenique (Twitter @VinceEchenique Instagram: @FFmvincent)

Black paintings

 

 

What an exciting young German artist he is! That  is what  one  hears from  people  referring  to Florian Heinke.  And  why? His  colours- actually- the black colour  and  the  natural  white  remaining  from  shadows of  the  darkness  raise  many questions  in  every  single spectator. 

 

Florian  Heinke,  a  Frankfurt  born German  artist whose  unique  vivid  paintings  amaze  many  for  the stories  they  tell,  understands  painting  as  a  mere representation   of   processed   life   views   and approaches. That outspoken he is when it comes to his own being.

 

A  spontaneous  smile  crossed  over the  question  about the  reason  why  he opted  to  "black-white"  paintings. "Mm, black-white paintings provide a better contrast, more contrasts, that ́s it," he answered with a candid sarcastic  looking  smile. Heinke describes that as the driving force for his work as a junior student at the School of Art. According to him, emotions are due to  contrasts.  They can  be  best  represented  by generating  contrasts,"That ́s  the  way  how  everything started, and it  felt  great  and  I still continue  to love it," adds Heinke.

 

Similarities  remain  when  it  comes  to  issues  tackled by  some  artists.  In  Heike ́s  case,  they  also  apply. "These are sociopolitical issues," he reflects.

 

"But I wonder whether that ́s me. Are all these issues part  of  my  little  world  that  raises concerns  and doubts  in  myself.  Topics  are  part  of,  I  think,  the day  life  and  I  try  to  compress  and  translate  them into paintings. I try to compose the day life into a political form. That ́s the way I implement it," Heinke explains.

 


 

The Artist is, however, aware that the social target of his works would have so far be different if he had used  other colours.  But  is  that  what  he  works  for, for  the attention  of  others?  "No",  Heinke  replies emphatically.    There  was not a desire  in  Heinke ́s sociopolitical  approach  to  catch  the  attention  of so  many  people.  The  driving  force  was  the artistic composition from the observation of his little world.

 

"I  just  wanted  to  represent  what  I  saw  and  see,  my little  world,  just  compose  and  do  one  painting  at  a time.  And  the  best  scenario  could  be  an  exhibition for  me  to  have  the  opportunity  to  compile  the thoughts  of  the  paintings  done  and  present  them reinforced  as  whole.  Of  course  I  love  to  share  it with  people, for sure.  But  it  was  not  my  driving force, not my ambition" added Heinke.

 

Surely. That  sharing  remains  his  pilot  in  life. Florian Heinke believes in the individual fulfilment of  his  soul by  sharing, the  simplest exchange  of experiences. His  description  of  satisfaction  starts by  breaking  it  down as  follows: "First,  when  I  sit down together with my wife and friends and talk, just talk,  searching  for  answers  to  topics. Finding results from searching. It is something that happens very  often.  Sometimes  one  finds a  sort  of  treasure when answers to questions are found. And I can figure out  which  form  I  can  give  to  these  thoughts,  these treasures.  These  are  beautiful  moments;  second,  I realise  the  form  for  that brainstorming  and  try  to put  into  paintings; and third,  when  I  paint  and finish  the  painting,  I  leave  it  for  two  or  three days, go down to my house and come back to see if it turned out to be a good work, it is when it comes to the third phase and I say "yes, I got it". That ́s the most satisfying moment."

 

That  taking  distance from  what  one  makes  still remains a habit that Heinke practices. "Yes, I do it often,  every  two  months  I  try  to  observe  old paintings.   I   can   recall   exactly   time   and circumstances in which I did that work. Somethings I would  see  like  someone else ́s soul  behind  the painting, awesome!" he confirmed.

 

By  being  that  self  critical,  Heinke  does acknowledge clear  development  in himself  as  an  artist.  "Sure, from  my time  as  a  student  to  date,  I was  able  to define a format I wanted to give to my works, I have now a clear idea about what I want to do with black-white paintings. I just stay loyal to that very early original thought of black and white resources, thus exploring different ways of composition," he reveals."My  work  takes  form  following  a  conceptual  model.  I do  one  painting  at  a  time.  One  follows  the  other, it ́s like a series content-wise," he says. 

 


"The issues that I address are close related to what catches  my  attention  at a given  moment.  I  do a painting, I finish it, and with the time I can see if it is good or not," the Prince songs lover explains.

 

Consequently, one understands a close tie of one work to another. "After this reflection, new questions and concerns arise, thus giving birth to new subjects and issues  for new pieces  of  work.  That ́s  the  way  it works in my specific case," Heinke says.

 

He  explains that  the  sensibility  led  him  to  art. Being that sensible as a kid allowed him to care for his  surroundings  and  to  try to  process  all  these  in his  today ́s  work.  He  acknowledges that  he  was  very sensible  at  an early  age,  and  this  was  a  problem later  as  a  teenager.  He  rediscovered  and  learnt  it again, thus dealing successfully with it though.

 

 

More information about the Artist available on www.florianheinke.com

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