Am Waldrand  2011

Oel auf Leinwand  53.5 x 73.5 cm

Der Kreuzboden  2011

Oel auf Leinwand  70 x 100 cm

Hervorragender Bau  2011

Oel auf Leinwand  30 x 40 cm

Bäume beim Kastell von Sarospatak Ungarn  2010

Schwarzer Derwentstift auf Papier  21 x 28.2 cm

Wald bei Rheinsaline  2002

Schwarzer Derwentstift auf Papier  21 x 29.7 cm

Waldstudie  2003

Ocker Derwentstift auf Papier  19.7 x 39 cm 

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Stephan Jon Tramèr

zwischen himmelslinien . Exhibition Wed March 21st - Sat April 28th 2012

New Paintings and Drawings . New Catalog



Notes . I don’t represent any concepts, ideas or manifestoes in my work.  I’m merely a representative of the universal claim to freedom of the subject, to feeling and the life of mind and soul -– against all inner and outer opposition. My trust in painting’s ability to fathom these depths remains unbroken. The well of formal laws has not run dry. Subject matter is decisive but not exclusively so; it is the formal thoughts contained therein, which – analogous to plate tectonics and the appearances of light and shadows - determine the composition and harmony of a painting. Thoughts circle around the subjectively experienced – beyond zeitgeist and collective phantasmagoria. I claim the freedom to work in my chosen manner, even if the developments of the last century and a half demand the unremitting search for progress also in the fine arts. I don’t oppose progress – but I don’t partake of it, either. Modernity has melted away into colossal noise, its utopias and revolutionary pathos given over to activities of arranging and labelling. I place my first mark instinctively, somewhere before Cézanne.  Maybe enough time remains for me to experience independently the path of my own revolution of seeing and perceiving. What counts is first to formulate an image for which I need not feel embarrassed - an image reliable and solid. I’m not afraid of pursuing mimesis and linearity – simply because it gives me pleasure to do so. There is no reason to distance oneself from the objects depicted. What need is there to add anything? Today, there are many other possibilities, none of exclusive character. However, the gestural, wild, eccentric or deconstructive... those are fields cultivated by others. I want to make silence visible.  If in doing so, an image emerges, which engenders spiritual and mental gravitation, inasmuch as the picture is felicitous and its painterly means are full of life – then that of which images are capable has been achieved.  There is no need for dignified twilight devotions; otherwise, one would have to assume an illusion, a projection.

Stephan Jon Tramèr 2012