About the visual cues that inspire him to create his artworks, Tilman says:
“By sharing our presence with the presence of those ‘findings’, seductive, physical and visual, we are constantly invited to look, to participate, to search, to discover and to satisfy our curiosity for the world. Integrated in the artistic language of the non-objective and embedded in its discourse this ‘offering’ could give us the opportunity to initiate a dialogue beyond the intrinsically concrete, extending out the tight margin of reading an artwork to a more personalized universe of thought with all its edges, detours, obstacles, traces and marks, to perception and reflection, and to the creation of associations which go beyond the concreteness of things per se and the formal language of non-objective, reductive or concrete art.”
In a broader sense, Tilman’s works on paper function as an archive of the artist’s ideas and observations. The visual information derives from various sources - found and discovered by the artist’s restless visual mind.
Usually there are no preceding sketches for Tilman’s works on paper. The visual memory finds its way directly onto the paper and undergoes a transformation into a ‘flat’ translation of the memorized image.
By way of a playful approach, the artist explores the possibilities and potential of the abstracted image.
However, in some cases, these works can be seen as ‘studies’, which later on manifest themselves partially within paintings, painted objects or architectures.
For these works on paper the artist used crayons on vellum to reveal a painterly quality and surface structure.
Tilman has created works on paper since 1982 up to the present.
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About The Artist
Tilman is a German artist who works in numerous mediums which are all underlined by the author's ability to use simple elements and convey complex messages.Read More