Peter Dotrel was among the last students of the famous Herbert Boeckl and graduated from Franz Elsner’s masterclass. During his time at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, this young artist’s great talent was recognized with numerous prizes. Today, his paintings and drawings can be found in the graphic collection at the Albertina and at the Belvedere 21 (State Art Collection). For several years and over the course of what are by now four art books, Lilly’s Art has been dedicated to working its way through the impressive, fifty years comprehensive oeuvre of this painter, who rejected the art business throughout his life.
This painting is one of Peter Dotrel’s major works of the 1980s. The lower half of the image is taken up by gestural brush strokes, a hurricane of intuitive creativity. Out of this looms a human figure that appears shrouded in white mist; the smoky surface is skillfully modeled with the help of light and shadow. It almost seems as if the figure is moving so quickly that the human eye is not quite able to take it in completely, while it simultaneously emits a statue-like calm – as if chiseled out of bright marble. Just as enigmatic as this impressive painting is Peter Dotrel’s entire work: mysterious visual worlds in which the artist set out relentlessly on the search for the human soul; hard to capture, and thus ever increasing in its fascinating pull.
illustrated in: Peter Dotrel. Seelenwelten, Vienna, 2015, p. 70, fig. 81.