My annual stays in Palm Springs, California, and the way of life in this desert playground inspired me in all kinds of ways for my work as an artist. After a work series of mid-century buildings and pools I started to paint the most intriguing subject for me: male bodies. And I chose to work with oil colours on canvas as the perfect medium. From time to time I do collages as well.
I had always felt that the depiction of the male body is underrepresented in art and wanted to work change this. Starting with torsos and details of male bodies in speedos I explored more and more the possibilities of painting the male body and encounters between men.
Believing that the naked male body is elegant, beautiful ,erotic and aesthetically pleasing in a way that used to be reserved for the female form, is the basis for this series.
In my approach I like to place the male figure in very different settings, telling stories of encounters between men or showing as just a fraction of a body, sometimes intriguing, sometimes strange or even frightening.
And it is important and unique for my painting that eroticism and sexuality are subtly integrated in the works and not the only aspect. I’m always looking for the perfect environment with an importance of its own.
Thereby I play with abstractions and realistic parts to enhance the tensions of a work and make it more interesting for the viewer. As a starting point I explore the flood of photos we see in social media and the internet, acknowledging the growing influence of those images on everybody’s personal life and our perception of our own body. As difficult this may be in the straight world I realize that this is even more so in gay life.
Looking at my paintings you can empathize and feel my fascination of the male body and enjoy the great variety of male encounters.
Heinz Stoewer lives + works in Bad Tölz, Germany and Palm Springs, CA, USA born 1955 in Frankfurt/Main, (Germany).
2013+2014 Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts 2004 – 2007 workshops at Reichenhaller academy, Bad Reichenhall, Germany 2002 – 2005 Free painting, Esslingen art academy, Germany
Since 2006 solo and group shows in Germany, Austria, USA and Russia, i.e.:
2020 ‘I can see clearly now’, Kunsttreff Moosach, Munich, Germany 2019 ‘too hot to move’, Halle 50 Domagkstudios, Munich, Germany 2018 ‘Retrospect’, Gallery Huber, Munich, Germany
2017 ‘(im-)possible temptations’, Townmuseum Bad Tölz, Germany 2016 ‘imagination’, Seeforum, Rottach-Egern, Germany
2014 ‘paintings.’, TölzerKunstsalon Patrizia Zewe, Bad Tölz, Germany 2011 Gallery im Ackerbürgerhaus, Nürtingen, Germany
Winzerhof Gallery, Ebringen, Germany
2010 Artroom Gallery, Düsseldorf, Germany
2019 ‘stir it up’, Elsa Artspace, Bielefeld, Germany
Weilheim Artfair, Germany
‘diversidad’, Jagerhaus, Gmund a.Tegernsee, Germany
2018 ‘transparent’, Kunstverein Rosenheim, Germany
‘show up 5’, Artstudio Hoppe, Braunschweig, Germany
Bayrischzell art exhibition, Bayrischzell, Germany
2017 ‘Augenblicke’, Seeforum, Rottach-Egern, Germany
Tegernsee art exhibition, Tegernsee, Germany
‘close up-class Norbert Bisky reloaded’, Kunstquartier, Osnabrück, Germany Weilheim Artfair, Germany
2016 ‘Zeitflüsse II’, Kulturverein Achenkirch, Austria
‘Männer’, Kunstkreis Gräfelfing, Germany
2015 ‘Pop-up painting’, Schillerpalais, Berlin, Germany
2014 ‘Summer 2014’, Atom Gallery, Irkutsk, Russia
2013 ‘Fifty shades of great’, Archangel Gallery, Palm Springs ,USA Gallery of the artists, Munich, Germany
2012-2014 ’99 bucks sale, Palm Springs art museum, Palm Springs, USA 2010+2011 Art prize exhibition, Sparkasse Karlsruhe, Germany
To learn more about Stoewer and their work please use the links below:
Artist Website: https://www.heinzstoewer.de/
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