Hendrik Beikirch’s upcoming solo exhibition, Transsib – Greyhound. Paintings from train and bus rides, is a showcase of his latest works. As the title suggests, they are inspired by his travels and encounters on Russia’s Trans-Siberian Railway and America’s Greyhound buses. Both transport the working classes, connecting people and products and bringing them in line. In Beikirch’s canvases, it is difficult to determine whether subjects hail from the East or the West, with only tiny details giving any clue. Like his previous works in graffiti, Beikirch blurs the boundaries.
In both his large-scale murals and canvases, Hendrik Beikirch depicts the personal and the private, portraits that tell a story. Instead of illustrating famous people, he draws attention to those who have a magnetic personality or some other recognition value, characters who become all the more interesting because they remain anonymous.
Beikirch takes inspiration from accidental and brief encounters. In some cases, he gains insight into his sitter’s life. At other times, the particulars remain unknown. As such, his paintings are open to interpretation whilst exuding authenticity.
The 39-year-old German artist enlarges his portraits as tall as 70 meters (230 ft.). He applies India ink, acrylic paint, and spray paint – a rough tool that does not allow for pinpoint accuracy, but it does effectively reveal Beikirch’s background in graffiti, and the glance, expression and mood of his subjects.
The exhibition is open until May 19, 2013.
After a previous interview with ARTE Creative in February make sure to check out the interview with Hendrik Beikirch done for the 5Minutes series, where he talks about his perception of Urban Art / Street Art after being active in the scene since the late 1980s.
5Minutes is produced by the team behind ilovegraffiti.de and gives an extended view on urban art.
Some weeks ago Hendrik Beikirch painted maythebestofyourtodays I in Halle, Germany.
interview in Backspin
chita I, 2012 (150x112cm), Soze Gallery
installed in Aarhus, Denmark
subwayno03 installed in Aarhus, Denmark
- the last issue of German Backspin magazine features an interview with Hendrik Beikirch
- the large mural in Busan, South Korea has been printed in numerous magazines such as German VIEW, Bloomberg and others
- the canvas pripyat I, 2011 (190x150cm), inspired by Beikirch’s trip to chernobyl has been shown at Blooom Art Fair in Cologne, Germany last month.
- Beikirch’s next group show is called graffuturism and opens at Soze Gallery in Los Angeles on Dec 14
- more works have been installed in the city scape of Aarhus, Denmark, more to come..
Painted by Hendrik Beikirch in Halle, Germany 2012.
wherethereisnostruggle I, 2012, mixed media on canvas, 340x250cm
In two days, from September 13 through September 17, 2012, Platoon Kunsthalle in Seoul will host Urban Void, an exhibition featuring Korean and international street artists who created works exclusively for this show.
The exhibition has live painting, installations, workshops and lectures on four floors.
> More details here
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