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Martin Schnur

born 1964, Vorau
From 1982 to 1985, Martin Schnur attended the University of Applied Arts in Graz, from which he moved on to Joannis Avramidis’ sculpture masterclass at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries including the Museum der Moderne Rupertinum in Graz and the Essl Collection.

An essential part of Schnur’s work is how it both includes and links up different planes of space and reality, among whose mysterious idiosyncrasies the viewer is invited to find their own interpretation. Exterior spaces collide with interior ones; rooms are nested within or crash into one another in marked contrast, linked by a figure or an element of the natural world so that the image becomes a whole, coherent composition. Landscapes play a particularly important role, in the form of fragmented sections of woodland, meadow or pond, as well as urban interiors with staged figures. Schnur places people into his scenes like a film director, relishing light reflexes.
As much as Schnur’s work is about painting itself, about colour, form and composition, about the Old Masters’ techniques and the interplay of light and shadow, he still steers clear of unambiguous narrative. His paintings play bewilderingly with reality and dreams, with appearance and actuality, stirring the viewer’s imagination. A visual magician, he creates a sensuous, soulful kind of painting, enigmas the viewer is asked to solve for themselves.

“His works live from the polarity of two different pictures on the same canvas, which tell a shared or divergent story and thus create a particular dynamic. His subjects – mainly people and landscapes – transport their message less through mimesis than through moods or feelings.” (Simon Baur)

Double Reflection

Slightly Displaced

On Reflection

Oil on copper
verso signed, inscribed and dated 2022
80 x 70 cm
Oil on canvas
verso signed, inscribed and dated 2021
180 x 120 cm
Oil on canvas
verso signed, inscribed and dated 2022
80 x 120 cm

Double Reflection

Oil on copper
verso signed, inscribed and dated 2022
80 x 70 cm

Slightly Displaced

Oil on canvas
verso signed, inscribed and dated 2021
180 x 120 cm

On Reflection

Oil on canvas
verso signed, inscribed and dated 2022
80 x 120 cm

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