Michaela Nolte – About Sebastian Heiner

In an interview in 2001 Sebastian Heiner stated he would most like to be the cat from Alice in Wonderland: «I’d grin then disappear again into red oil paint without a trace!» Three years later he took off. Not quite as quick as the Cheshire Cat but since 2004 the artist from Berlin has been living and working in Beijing for six or seven months a year. This has not however turned Sebastian Heiner’s imagery upside down.

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Michaela Nolte – Painting-Music Performances

A note is struck; the painter stands on a stage. Rapt in concentration, his thoughts linger for a moment between the primed canvas and the music. Then Sebastian Heiner reaches for a brush. He dips it into the white bucket of paint and, with quick strokes, sketches a figure whose existence is only short-lived. Later in the process, before the eyes of those in the audience, its contours will vanish under layers of paint, covered over by strokes made with a brush or twig broom. In between, the artist even uses his arm as a painting tool or fly swatter.

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Michaela Nolte – Dragons, dreams and different colors

Two paintings from Sebastian Heiner – Sebastian Heiner’s painting is vivid and of an ecstatic color composition and intuitive energy. If one were to search for analogies in music one would find the large formats to bring to mind Richard Strauss’s opulent orchestrations. The fiery flow intones the free harmony of Igor Strawinsky’s early expressionism. The Peking opera with its difficult sound spectrum seems like an antilogy to the expressive all-over and sweeping gesture.

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Axel Feuss – Megacity Action Painting

Once again Sebastian Heiner journeyed to the Far East to paint. From 2004 till 2008 he maintained a studio in Beijing as well as in Berlin. Soon artists, curators and gallery owners living in China’s capital started to take notice of him. At the end of his duration, works Sebastian made in China were shown in Beijing and in Germany in highly acclaimed solo exhibitions.

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Thomas Willems – A wanderer between the worlds

According to Hermann Hesse “some books cannot be read. Parts of the Bible are among these unreadable books, as well as the Tao-te-king. One sentence fromthese books is enough to keep anyone occupied for quite some time, pondering its contents.

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Colmar Schulte-Goltz – Shanghai Symphony

Sebastian Heiner is an individualist, which is a rare occurrence in the contemporary art market. With great severity, Heiner commits to an authentic thoroughbred painting. Though the artist works in phases, once in abstract gestures, another time depictive, his individuality remains apparent.

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Colmar Schulte-Goltz – Shanghai Symphony

Sebastian Heiner is an individualist, which is a rare occurrence in the contemporary art market. With great severity, Heiner commits to an authentic thoroughbred painting. Though the artist works in phases, once in abstract gestures, another time depictive, his individuality remains apparent.

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Andreas Seifert – The Feeling Eye

Here is truly no idyll; the Oriental and the World Financial Tower, the old and the new landmarks of Shanghai, show themselves dim and dismal in the haze. The eye loses itself in the confusion of buildings and highways. The horizon is not visible.

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Andreas Seifert – The Feeling Eye

Here is truly no idyll; the Oriental and the World Financial Tower, the old and the new landmarks of Shanghai, show themselves dim and dismal in the haze. The eye loses itself in the confusion of buildings and highways. The horizon is not visible.

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