Hendrik Beikirch will be opening solo show Treasures on the 18th of March at Galerie Droste Wuppertal in Wuppertal, Germany. The new works in the exhibition are the result of his encounters with locals in the remote vastness of Siberia.

Produced in cooperation with Foundation Montresso in Marrakech, this body of work continues artist’s large series of portrait pieces based on studies done during his travels around the globe. Exclusively created with spray paint and India ink on canvas, these large pieces aim to show the scars that a hard life can leave on a person. Working and living in a part of the world that doesn’t offer much and can take a lot, life experiences are the only treasures that Beikirch’s subjects posses. Captured without showing any expression, the German artist’s goal is to present a lot more than their personal appearance through his work. By carefully rendering all the features as well as deep wrinkles and scars, he documents the rough life they’ve experienced and pays tribute to it by immortalizing it on canvas. Using only shades of black and grey, the colorless images have a strong feel of depth to them, with major accents on depicting detail and textures. The new pieces include elements of the surrounding as well, which add further to the narrative hidden behind the portrait.

Photo credit: Nils Müller.
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