CORNELIUS VÖLKER

With a distinctive method of handling paint that is simultaneously fluid and precise, German artist Cornelius Völker chooses traditional genres — the still-life and portraiture — to explore and decode the history of representational painting.

 

Frequently involving subject matter that was used by painters for centuries to best exhibit their proficiency — hair, hands, flesh, glass, food — Völker’s works blur traditional distinctions between genres, each painting becoming both a still life and a portrait. Whether or not actually figurative, nearly every work that Völker paints refers to the body:  pills to ingest, ointments to rub into the skin, viscous fluids, cigarette stubs or half eaten fruit.

 

Cornelius Völker was born in Kronach, Germany in 1965 and studied at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. He is a professor of painting at the Kunstakademie Münster.


Petals, 2017


Petals, 2016


Petals, 2017


Petals, 2017


Petals, 2017


Petals, 2017


Petals, 2017


Violets, 2017


Little Wave, 2016


Pile of Newspapers, 2017


Bottles, 2014


ABC Warmecreme, 2015


Petals, 2016


Violets, 2017


Petals, 2016


Blossom, 2016


Blossom, 2016


Oysters, 2004


Bronchoforton, 2015


Books, 2008


Lips, 2011


Lighter, 2009


Meat, 2013


Bottles, 2014


Bun, 2013


Clothing, 2014


Imodium, 2015


Heckler & Koch USP, 2014