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The majority of my paintings are not planned; when I start painting, I don’t have a clear vision of what the painting will be.  While playing with colors, I start seeing figures and forms, and when I can relate to past experiences, the painting emerges.

The size of most of the paintings is 56x76cm, acrylic on watercolor paper, and a few are 41x50 cm, acrylic on canvas.

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Gartlgruber

Premdharma S. Gartlgruber,

born 1943 in Graz/Austria,
painter, actor, musician.

"In the South, the senses are excited, the hands more skillful, the eye sharper, the mind clearer…”
(Vincent Van Gogh)

As Van Gogh’s experience in the South of France, Premdharma’s stays in India show similarities as it relates to the clarity of thought and the skillfulness of the hand. Instead of an agitation of the senses, Premdharma finds peace in India – a peace that permeates throughout all of his images.

So strong and intense the colors, so lively the subjects, such as the diversity of the always-repeating theme – the relationship between man and woman, between femininity and masculinity in a person, so calm and timeless the represented theme seems to be.

Premdharma meditates; from this condition, his painting happens unintentionally, the process, begun without plan, evolves from within by themselves through archetypical pictures and personal creativity. Without consideration of intellectual theory, without fear of quotations and stylistic support, he moves on the background of his cultural heritage. Thus, his painting contains elements of the classic modern trend, his images remind of Braque, Picasso and Chagall.  There are parallels to painters of the Transavantgarde movement, such as Francesco Clemente, who also lived among different cultures and did not hesitate to use materials of an imaginary museum not bound by time and place.

In the center of Premdharma’s work, there are usually one or two figures: a woman, a flute player, or a couple,  typically with large eyes, wide open, looking toward the viewer, keeping strangely to itself; however, leaving the viewer to himself.  When contemplating the painting, he contemplates himself at the same time.



Beate Mertens, Pressereferentin
der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin, Juni 2000

"Wenn du absolut in Stille bist, dann wird alles,was in dieser Stille passiert, eine neue Farbe bekommen. Das ist die Geburt der Kunst." OSHO