The Surreal Oil Paintings of Jonas Burgert

by Andy SmithPosted on

Jonas Burgert’s oil paintings are packed with surreal figures and fluorescent hues. These strange scene sometimes appear as both piles and explosions of disparate objects and beings, with still faces staring above them. His single-figure studies, meanwhile, are often wrapped and confined, yet eerily content. He was last featured on here.

“Burgert’s inspirations are multiple and derived from diverse ideologies and cultures,” a statement says. “They come from postcards, literature or images of the Indian Holi Festival of Colours, or from the artist’s voyage to Egypt, where he visited the remnants of its ancient culture. Certainly, a major source of inspiration lies in art history. It has often been said that Burgert’s work picks up on strands of Late Renaissance thought, particularly the Mannerist’s love of the grotesque and the curious, of harsh and crass colour disparities and of an exaggerated, ‘unnatural’ style. Other notable inspirations are Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, El Greco, Tintoretto, Poussin and Max Beckmann.”

The German painter is currently based in Berlin. He’s a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin, and he also studied under Dieter Hacker.

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