Published by Kerber. Edited by Andrea Firmenich. Text by Astrid Becker, Johannes Janssen, Andrea Firmenich.
For the past 30 years, Berlin painter Bernd Koberling has spent several months of each year in Iceland. The plein air watercolors he produces there have had a significant effect on his large-scale studio paintings. In this collection of large and small works, the natural landscape is channeled in every gesture.
Published by Richter Verlag. Essay by Bera Nordal.
The painter Bernd Koberling, who lives in Berlin, first began to work in watercolor 10 years ago in Iceland. That productive encounter with the harsh solitude of the North--to which he returns and where he continues to paint--has left its mark on this substantial and growing portion of his oeuvre. This single summer season's worth of bright, pulsating abstract work was all created between August and October 2004 in remote Lodmundarfj‡dur.
Published by Richter Verlag. Essays by Ernst-Gerhard Guse, Bera Nordal.
Bernd Koberling's highly emotional approach to the figurative act of landscape painting has long been influenced by his dual residency in Berlin and the Laplands. From his formalist beginnings in the 1960s through his expressive figurations of the 70s and 80s, and his black-and-white abstracts of the 90s, nature has served for Koberling as a metaphor of existential conflict, and as means of commenting on society.
Published by Richter Verlag. Artwork by Bernd Koberling. Contributions by Eckart Britsch.
The landscape paintings of Bernd Koberling are created in series and use diverse techniques. The closer he gets to nature, the more Koberling distances himself from descriptive portrayal: his paintings become freer and more open. His recent paintings interweave the reality of the landscape with the material reality of the artwork.