ARTISTS / Art after 1945
Walter Stöhrer

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Walter Stöhrer
Stoehrer - Marina di Pisa
1937born in Stuttgart
1953-55Apprenticeship as commercial artist
1957-59Studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Karlsruhe with HAP Grieshaber 1959 Moves to Berlin
1971Will Grohmann Prize of the Academy of Arts, Berlin
1973Paris Fellowship of the Cité Internationale des Arts
1977Villa Romana Prize, Florence
1981-82Visiting professor at the Berlin University of the Arts
1986-2000Professorship at the Berlin University of the Arts
1994Hans Molfenter Prize of the City of Stuttgart
2000died in Scholderup
Walter Stöhrer is one of the rebellious mavericks of German art. His abstract painting, which regularly refers to literary models (André Breton, Rolf Dieter Brinkmann, etc.), is difficult to place in an art historical category. In 1959, after studying at the Karlsruhe Art Academy under HAP Grieshaber, Stöhrer moved to Berlin. There he first became intensively involved with etching, which offered him resistance as a bulky artistic technique and at the same time allowed linearity and gesture. In this way he developed a counter-position to the static pictorial architecture of his teacher, which subsequently led to a free interplay of writing, drawing and painting. Stöhrer's paintings are distinctly expressive gestural, as if painted in one go. They resemble energy fields, overlaps, confrontations, dialogues that act out their forces liberated in the painting process. The tension between calculation and spontaneity, the simultaneity of linear hardness, ciphers and color streams, and the disturbing beauty of his painting have made him an unmistakable painter personality. 
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