Paper Dancers: Maria Beykirch
Jürgen B. Tesch and Gottfried Knapp
Pictures of poetic power and joie-de-vivre and characters, syllables of words and digits hidden in layers of painting: Maria Beykirch fires the imagination more vividly than most other artists with her drawings and paintings and conjures up in the eyes and minds of viewers an infinite succession of imaginary worlds. Inspired by her teacher of many years, the Austrian artist Giselbert Hoke, she developed the special gouache mixed technique for her works, which are often multi-layered. In her gestural pictures – sometimes contemplative and sometimes full of movement, the artist reveals traces of places, events and encounters she has experienced. Maria Beykirch’s training as a dancer in particular is reflected in her work, which expresses her exuberant joy in dance. At the same time her works convey her powerful longing for peace in meditation. Maria Beykirch lives and works in Munich and in Chiemgau, where she has already established a reputation with her exhibitions.