Arvid Boecker - portrait

Arvid Boecker

Germany 1964

Abstract Art

Arvid Boecker
Arvid Boecker
September 9, 2018
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Arvid Boecker is a German abstract painter whose work mobilizes the tensions and harmonies that exist between color relationships, textures, and the processes of time. Boecker studied art history at the University of Trier from 1987-89, and studied at the University of Fine Arts Saar, Saarbrücken, from 1989-94. He has completed residencies at ACME Studios London, Katwijk aan Zee, NL, and Kilmuir, Isle of Skye, GB.

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Arvid Boecker – #1178, 2018. Oil on canvas on wooden panel. 50 X 40 X 5.5 cm


Boecker begins each new work by penciling in his composition. But the work ultimately is about the colors and layers that will evolve on the surface over time. He builds his paint up in a slow process, adding layers of color then partially removing them, allowing the echoes of erosion to remain visible in the final work. The screen printing squeegees he employs add their unique impressions to the surface, mixing the visual language of painting with that of printing. The gradual accumulation of pigment conveys a visual sense of depth, while also communicating a bittersweet emotional feeling that time is passing. The longer one stares at the surface, the further inward the mind may wander towards the underlying landscapes of color and light.

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Arvid Boecker – #1107, 2017. Oil on linen. 50 X 40 X 5.5 cm.


Boecker derives inspiration from opposing forces he perceives in the visual world. He brings out harmonies and tensions between light and dark hues, and between fields of unbroken color and worn down layers. He finds guidance for the next painting from the final state of his previous painting. The idea that his progressions unfolding in a series lets creative momentum build from one composition to the next. Through the comparisons he makes between each work and the last he comes to understand what makes each painting unique. He is also interested in cycles, gradual forces, and the pressures they exert. While constructing his images he is not frivolous, but rather thoughtful and repetitious, building and layering. This method is born of an appreciation for natural rhythms, and a desire to emulate the elemental aspects of nature.

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Arvid Boecker – #1108, 2017. Oil on linen. 50 X 40 X 5.5 cm

Relevant Quotes

Professor Hans Gercke of the Academy of Fine Arts, Saarbrucken, Germany wrote about Boecker’s work:

Boecker always takes a fresh approach to the painting process through the parameters of format, picture size, segmentation and surface structuring: through rhythm and layering; through the balance of rule and deviation, construction, impression and expression; through the horizontal and the vertical; and through the relationship of colour tones, light and dark, cold and warm; a truly inexhaustible subject that skirts redundancy, despite or perhaps because of Boecker’s strict minimalistic stance and systematic approach.

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Arvid Boecker – #1162, 2017. Oil on canvas on wooden panel. 50 X 40 X 5.5 cm


Boecker has exhibited extensively in solo and group exhibitions, including at White Cube Gallery, New York, Gallery p13, Heidelberg, ART Cologne, Factory 49, Sydney, NIAD Art Center, Richmond, CA, and Factory 49, Sydney.

Featured image: Arvid Boecker – portrait.
All images courtesy of the artist and IdeelArt

YearExhibition TitleMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2019Arvid BoeckerMuseum St. WendelSolo
2019Black Box(es)Casino Luxemburg, Forum d'art contemporain, LuxemburgGroup
2018CloserGalerie Schmidt und Schutte KölnSolo
2018Watching paint dryKunstverein BrackenheimSolo
2018Forever young an smartVilla Goecke Ralph Kleinsimlinghaus, Krefeld Group
2018Grose Kunstaustellung NRWMuseum Kunstpalast, Duseldorf Group
2018Fears collapse insideProjectspace Corridor, Dayton, USAGroup
2018Black Box(es)Kunstlerhaus Saar, Saarbrucken Group
2018Black Box(es)La 'S' Grand Atelier, Vielsalm Belgium Group
2018FictionArt Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OHGroup
2018AbsoluteBoeckercontemporary, Heidelberg Group
2018Verein fur aktuelle Kunst/RuhrgebietOberhausenGroup
20184ABSTRACT2NOT Quadrart-DornbirnGalerie Erhard WitzelGroup
2018Arvid BoeckerPaul Williams Gallery, Ontario, CAGroup
2018Slow ArtUniversity Museum and Art Gallery, Hong Kong Group
2018Sydney Paris SunriseGalerie Abstract Project, Paris Group
2018DestillArtspace Track One, Nashville, TenneseeGroup
2017Behind the cloudsGalerie P13, Dr. Kristina Hoge, HeidelbergSolo
2017Better late than uglyGalerie oqbo, Berlin Solo
2017Same DifferenceRaumX, London Solo
2017ceaselesKunstraum Boeckercontemporary, Heidelberg Solo
2017FictionApothecary Gallery Chattanooga, Tennesee Group
2017RestatementKunstverein BrackenheimGroup
2017Saarart11Landeskunstaustellung SaarlandGroup
2017FictionNIAD Art Center, Richmond, CAGroup
2017TransRaygun Projects, Toowoomba, AustralienGroup
2017RNPG GermanyKunstraum e9a, Freiburg Group
2017Black Box(es)Faux Mouvement, Centre d'art contemporain, MetzGroup
2017FictionJulian Jackson's Studio, Brooklyn, NYGroup
2017NebukadnezarForum Kunst, Rottweil Group
2016morning sunGalerie Schutte, Esen Solo
2016InsomniaStout Projects, Brooklyn, New YorkSolo
2016On a clear DayFactory 49, Sydney Solo
2016A good Day+Punkt, Heidelberg Solo
2016Grose Kunstaustellung NRWMuseum Kunstpalast, Duseldorf Group
2016WindowsPluspace, Coventry, GBGroup
2016RestatementGalerie Schmidt und Schutte, Köln Group
2016Fiction (With Only Daylight Between Us) v.2Corridor Projects, Dayton, OhioGroup
2016SandwichesCartel Artspace, Bangkok Group
2016An einem Tisch – Zeitgenösische Positionen geometrischer AbstraktionGalerie Robert Drees, Hannover Group
2016FictionGrady Gallery, Elgin Community College, ChicagoGroup
2016Ramchandra Tulsian Art GallerySurat, Indien Group
2015Surfaced from his diveGalerie Ursula Grashey, Konstanz Solo
2015AccrochageGalerie p13, Dr. Kristina Hoge, HeidelbergGroup
2015Abstract StrategiesGalerie Mirta Demare, Rotterdam Group
2014AtmenVilla Goecke Ralph Kleinsimlinghaus, Krefeld Solo
2014Dance Dance DanceGalerie p13, Dr. Kristina Hoge, HeidelbergSolo
2013Aus dem Depotmpk, Museum Pfalzgalerie, KaiserslauternGroup
2013Rembrandt CallingVilla Goecke Ralph Kleinsimlinghaus KrefeldGroup
2013LandeskunstaustellungSaarlandisches Kunstlerhaus, Saarbrucken Group
2012Take your timeStadtische Galerie NeunkirchenSolo
2012Square coloursGalerie p13, Dr. Kristina Hoge, HeidelbergSolo
2012Ein FestSaarlandisches KunstlerhausGroup
2011Florida GreenGalerie Ursula Grashey, Konstanz Solo
2011EchoGalerie p13, Dr. Kristina Hoge, HeidelbergSolo
2011Geheimnisvolle ZwischenweltenMuseum PfalzgalerieGroup
2010Alle Zeit der WeltVilla Goecke Ralph Kleinsimlinghaus, Krefeld Solo
2010Saarlandisches KunstlerhausSaarbruckenGroup
2010RegionaleWilhelm-Hack Museum LudwigshafenGroup
2010NebenwegeStadtische Galerie NeunkirchenGroup
2009WundernGalerie Ursula Grashey, Konstanz Solo
2009showtimeTemporare Kunsthalle WeinheimGroup
2008Studio La CiotatMuseum Schlos Fellenberg, Merzig Solo
2008art KarlsruheARTAX KunsthandelGroup
2008UnknownModerne Galerie, aarlandmuseum, Saarbrucken Group
2007Arvid BoeckerGalerie Veronika Kautsch, Michelstadt Solo
2007Studio La CiotatGalerie Robert Drees, Hannover Solo
2007Tysk Samtisds KunstGalleri Tonne, Oslo Group
2007KunstbewegtKunstlerbund Baden-Wurttemberg, Neckarsulm Group
2007Sammelsurium IIIForum Kunst Rottweil, Rottweil Group
2007kombiniertMuseum Pfalzgalerie KaiserslauternGroup
2006Kilmuir WalkGalerie Ursula Grashey, Konstanz Solo
2006art KarlsruheGalerie Ursula GrasheySolo
2006Kilmuir WalkVilla Goecke Ralph Kleinsimlinghaus, Krefeld Solo
2006Kunst ZurichGalerie Robert DreesGroup
2005MilchHeidelberger KunstvereinSolo
2005HonigGalerie Robert Drees, Hannover Solo
2005Vier Deutsche MalerGalleri Tonne, Oslo Group
2005Stripes-Lines-ColorsGalerie Wolfgang Exner, Wien Group
2005Kunstverein Augsburgmit Uwe Eser und Jurgen JansenGroup
2005TangentenStadtgalerie SaarbruckenGroup
2004RubinGalerie Ursula Grashey, Konstanz Solo
2004Arte FieraBologna, Galerie Robert Drees Group
2004Amber Room SocietyKunstlerhaus DortmundGroup
2004Colors and StripesGalerie Robert Drees, Hannover Group
2004Kunst-Szene-SaarStadtische Galerie NeunkirchenGroup
2003TokyoumbraSaarlandisches Kunstlerhaus, Saarbrucken Solo
2003one-man-showArt Frankfurt, Galerie Markus NohnSolo
2003NarrenspiegelForum Kunst, Rottweil Group
2003Amber Room SocietyGalerie Robert Drees, Hannover Group
2003Form und StrukturKunstverein Schlos PlönGroup
2003KunstlosStadtgalerie SaarbruckenGroup
2002OrangeGalerie Markus Nohn, Frankfurt Solo
2002Galerie Wolfgang Exner, Wien Solo
2002Art FrankfurtGalerie Robert DreesGroup
2002Amber Room SocietyRaum 1, Krefeld Group
2002uberblickGalerie Wolfgang Exner, Wien Group
2001HoneymoonInstitut fur aktuelle Kunst im Saarland, Saarlouis Group
2001UnknownWalter Storms Galerie, unchenGroup
2001Am Grun fehlt es doch nichtKunstlerhaus, Saarbrucken Group
2001Changer/WechselForum Vebikus, Schaffhausen,Group
2000blickdicht.Galerie Robert Drees, Hannover Solo
2000VisionenSaarland Museum, Saarbrucken Group
2000WeltAustellungVon der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal Group
1999KochfelderGalerie Markus Nohn, Trier Solo
1999Art FrankfurtGalerie Markus Nohn, Galerie Feiter & Drees Group
1998Arvid BoeckerGalerie Markus Nohn, Trier Solo
19989 ¾x 12 ½The White Cube Gallery, New York Solo
1998Art FrankfurtGalerie Markus Nohn, Galerie Feiter & Drees Group
1998Preis der Darmstadter SezesionDarmstadtGroup
1998ZeichnungDominikanermuseum, Rottweil Group
1997Arvid BoeckerGalerie Ludwig, Krefeld Solo
199725x32Galerie Feiter & Drees, Hannover,Solo
1997UnknownWhitworth Gallery,anchester, GB Group
1997Grose Kunstaustellung NRWKunstpalast, Duseldorf Group
1996Arvid BoeckerGalerie Thieme + Pohl, Darmstadt Solo
1996unentwegtForum Kunst RottweilSolo
1996Artifizielle NaturStadtische Galerie BöblingenGroup
1996Flexible 2Museum Tilburg, NL Group
1996Art CologneGalerie Thieme + PohlGroup
1996Grose Kunstaustellung NRWKunstpalast, Duseldorf Group
1995Work ArtGalerie der Stadt StuttgartGroup
1995Kunstverein Villa StrecciusLandauGroup
1995FarbenheitSaarlandischer Kunstlerbund, Stadtgalerie Saarbrucken Group
1995We are happy to serve youKunsthalle Barmen, Wuppertal Group
1995Kunst-Szene-SaarSaarland Museum, Saarbrucken Group