Born in 1961 in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany Beate Minderjahn lives and works North of Auckland, New Zealand. She is best known for her large textured abstract and mixed media paintings, digital photo art, collages and drawings.
After graduating in Business Management in Germany, and studying Interior Design in New Zealand Beate decided in 2004 that a career as an artist would give her the most creative freedom.
Beate prefers to work on a large scale and develops her themes into series of works. She also enjoys the challenge of commissioned works. Using different mediums, her art work explores the relationship between visual impact and the combination of colours and textures. Over the years Beate worked on a variety of themes and created many series of works ‘Colour meets Texture’, a series of round paintings ‘Peace Circles’, ‘Souldance’, ‘Reflections’, or very large organic shaped paintings ‘Dancing in a Garden of Biomorphic Cells’.
Beate’s paintings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Germany, Italy, US and New Zealand.
They are included in private collections in New Zealand, France, Germany and China.
“Each of my art pieces is a new challenge and reveals a fragment of my life. It is the constant alternating processes of concealing and uncovering, hiding secret messages, creating with my hands, exploring colours, textures and language. Beauty plays an influential role in my abstract painting style which continues to evolve into an ongoing artistic journey of discovery. Exploring the viscosity of the paint medium the creative process is controlled only in as much as each unique work reveals my stylistic continuity. It is no accident that the surfaces of the canvases appear to explode, swirl violently and then settle into surreal landscapes.
My digital photo art always starts as a simple photograph. But then I process it further, apply my computer as a painter using different tools to manipulate patterns and colours. I react to the captured images, interpreting, and creating a colourful abstract expression. That expression is offered to the viewer, evoking reaction, emotion and personal interpretation. Through the medium of digital photography, my art is dedicated to depicting truth and strength and beauty that might otherwise be overlooked if it had not been digitally dramatized.
My art will not provide the answers to any questions, but hopefully give back the wings to celebrate freedom. Through using different media like painting, mixed media, digital photo art, prints, collages and making objects my art invites the viewer to contemplate further on a soul-searching moment – to experience a visual meditation.”
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