Andrea Amelung


Vita / Lebenslauf:

Art training/Art academies:
ArtCenter South Florida, Miami, Freie Universität Berlin, Akademie für Malerei Berlin, Freie Akademie für Kunst Berlin and self-taught.
Main subjects: abstract compositions.
Usual techniques: acrylic, raw pigments, rust and patina, mixed media on canvas.

Acrylic- and Pigmentpaintings
Into my large-sized acrylic paintings I use different materials, like paper, fibers, gypsum or plastic-modelling masses, etc. Everything is applied on in several layers, is washed off partially again and then applied again. On this relief-like structure form will form on which the acrylic colours are then applied. Coloured, luminous paintings with various layers and overlapping structures emerge.
Since 2000 I work with pigments that lend a radiant coloured powdered sugar effect to the paintings. I partly process the pigments with modelling mass, sand, ash or marble dust and apply them in relief-like layers to give the paintings materiality. I use the pure pigment as a color body, powdery and granular.

Rust and Patina
The rust works are created by different oxidation techniques with iron powder, iron filings, sand, copper particles, brass and bronze chips and various rust solutions.

Chalk works
The haptic white chalk works are created by different mixing techniques of chalk, wire, paper, sand from around the world and marble dust applied in several layers to give each work a haptic texture and a sense of depth. Depending on the light and the sun shining onto the artwork shadows arise and migrate across it which breaths life and dynamic into the work.

It is a very varied form of creation and goes back to a 3000 year-old tradition. In my works bleached beeswax acts as a carrier material of the pigments and at the same time as a protection. The valuable gloss has a long durability. By scraping, scratching, lining, dotting, etc. the Encaustik offers a singular variety to the creation of the painted surface. In my works a constant interplay results from applying numerous layers of wax and partially scraping it off in the constant process of preserving and destroying the work. With the Enkaustik I generate animate thermo-sculptural processes which produce tangible coloured pictures with relief-like structures.

Sand paintings
On my journeys I found that sand from different places in the whole world is different in colour and granulation. I combine the different sand types with iron, copper, wood, etc. to create a harmonious whole. The granulation and colour of the sand give an individual atmosphere to each painting.

» Ico Gallery New York, Curator Eugene Hwang
"02/10/2008 Amelung's meditative paintings are chromatic experiments,
which ambitiously rely heavily on color and simple forms to relate the artist's themes. One gets the sense that all is gingerly placed, though there is a good amount of extemporaneity. Once the paint is brushed on, there is a confidence that it was meant to be, though it might not have come out as planned. There is no such thing as a rehearsal. There is no need for them because there are no mistakes, and so these pieces, while containing a melancholic element, embrace optimism. Any simplicity in good art is only apparent. Amelung takes on the challenge of maximizing expression while keeping color and forms simple. Her solution is texture and allowing her quadrilaterals to have "imperfections." There were never any rulers involved. The result is something that appears simultaneously primitive and modern, ..."
Eugene Hwang

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-"International Contemporary Masters 2008", Omma Center of Contemporary Art, CA, USA

– "2008 International Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art", Casa Editrice Alba.

– "2009 International Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art", Casa Editrice Alba.

-ARTisSpectrum Magazine New York, Vol. 17, page 4
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-Museum of Modern Art (MoMa), New York
-Berufsverband Bildender Künstler (BBK)