Gerhard Berger: Between Worlds
Jürgen B. Tesch
In decades of artistic production Gerhard Berger (born in 1933) has arrived at a unique, characteristic visual language. His representation of humans, oscillatin g between figurative and abstract painting, is rooted in the great myths of humankind and in the religious visual conceptions of the world’s cultures.
Gerhard Berger approaches his works deliberately: each picture is preceded by a long w ork process of sketching and testing the projected figurative forms in a previously established grid of the visual space. The graphic techniques learned in his youth, in particular typography, remain recognisable in this working process. Berger also impart ed his precise method of working during his tenure at the Academy of Visual Arts in Munich. Since 1999 he has dedicated himself entirely as a freelance painter and graphic artist to his own visual universe, one that invites the observer to read and analyse its play of forms.