born 1948 in Nordwalde, lives in Hamburg
Blatt 113, Rodvig, Dk., Sommer 2004, 2004, Blatt 114, Hamburg, Frü̈hjahr 2005, 2005 and Blatt 158, Hamburg, Frühjahr 2010, 2010
Aquarelle on handmade paper
50 x 42 cm (sheet)
3 original works, signed, dated and numbered
Hamburg-based artist Manfred Holtfrerich has presented the GAK with three original works for its Jahresgaben. These stunning watercolours depict individual leaves from the forest floor in minute detail. Painted to scale, these remarkable watercolours are accompanied by the original materials. These three works are part of a body of works comprising over 140 watercolours which Holtfrerich created as studies in time and aesthetic appreciation rather than as botanical studies.This naturalistic depiction "... foregrounds the unique detail of each leaf and speaks to the viewer's aesthetic sensibilities." (Holtfrerich). In capturing this moment in time in his images, Holtfrerich defers the moment of ultimate decay, inviting us to contemplate the reality of natural processes and the nature of time.