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Scheibl, Hubert

Hubert Scheibl Solaris


*1952 Gmunden/Upper Austria

verso titled, signed and dated "Hubert Scheibl 2010/11"
oil on canvas
71×51 ¼ in

For his fascinating Solaris series, Hubert Scheibl was inspired by Stanislaw Lem’s world-famous 1961 novel of the same name. It tells of the exploration of the distant planet Solaris. This planet is covered by a mysterious ocean that is in constant motion, takes on a wide variety of forms and colors, and seems to have a consciousness of its own.

Atmospheric and multifaceted is also the membranous translucent paint application of the present impressive painting. Scheibl applies layer after layer in countless steps, allowing chance to take effect within a controlled framework, such as by spreading with the help of a palette knife or by scratching up deeper layers of paint. He carries the viewer off into a mysterious pictorial world of strong, radiant colors that can be rediscovered again and again and that inspires the imagination.

Hubert Scheibl, born in 1952 in Gmunden/Upper Austria, studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna with Arnulf Rainer and Max Weiler. In the 1980s he was a member of the neo-expressionist artist group „Neue Wilde“ („New Wilde Ones“). In 1985 he participated in the Sao Paulo Biennale, and in 1988 in the Venice Biennale. Numerous prestigious exhibitions inland and abroad crown the career of the great master, one of the most successful Austrian painters of the present.

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