INEZ DRUMINEZ – KARMEN KOZAR – CORNELIA BIER
Lumière Contemporary Art Gallery is happy to welcome Cornelia Bier, Inez Druminez and Karmen Kozar, all Master Students of one of the foremost German contemporary artists, The Painter Prince, Markus Lüpertz. Their work is associated with Neo-Expressionism in emulation of the visual language used by their mentor and teacher. Neo-Expressionists blended figuration with abstractions, in that they portrayed recognisable subjects, such as the human body as well as nature, but often in an abstract, rough and violently emotional way, with a preference for vivid colors.
Cornelia Bier approaches painting as an expression of her own life. She sees her paintings as an homage to nature with a special emphasis on the forest. She has always been attracted to the interplay of colours and nature’s inexhaustible colour palette. Her imagination is nourished by the interstices, the spaces in-between, the apparent emptiness between the visible. Without these spaces, there would be no form or structure. Vividly manifested on her canvases are the change of seasons, light and shadow, storm and silence, emergence and decay, birth and death, all of them expressions of opposite yet complementary poles.
Inez Druminez is a multidisciplinary artist who channels her creativity through a variety of arts including painting, sculpture, video and music. Exceptionally skilled in diverse forms of expression, Inez is adept at constantly surprising the spectator. She switches between styles, media and subjects with extraordinary ease. This change of rhythm is part of her DNA: it is as though she brings to her art a feeling of hand drumming, alternating between slower and quicker tempos as she does when she is playing the drums. After all, it is for good reason that her artistic name is Druminez.
When she paints, Karmen Kozar follows her conscious self into the unconscious and subliminal. There is no specific strategy in this process. Pouring colours, overpainting, using glazes and impasto applications all are part and parcel of the elements and techniques she explores in her art. In her work, the abstract alludes to the depth and details of the real, and bursts of reality suggest unknown and inexplicable abstractions. Her art is about levels of exaltation and atmosphere, and just like a piece of music, it begins with the first note.
Works of all three artists have been exhibited in galleries and shows in, among other cities, Cologne, Stuttgart, Luxemburg, Madrid, Zagreb, Zurich, as well as in several public spaces in Germany. Many of their artworks make part of private collections.