Heribert C. Ottersbach Biography

Heribert C. Ottersbach's painting is one of subtle tones, a kind of painting that constantly unfolds its effect from the depths of countless layers of paint. His leitmotif here is a constant investigation of the relevance of the painted image.

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Ottersbach started out in the extremely vital art scene of 1980s Cologne. His brushwork was rather gestural then, sometimes expressive. He quickly made his presence felt among the artists who were making a name for themselves at the time on the former industrial site of the Stollwerck chocolate factory, with exhibitions such as Profil in 1983 and Der Hang zum Pathos in 1986.

His interest in history and memory began early on, initially in the form of self-invented pictures, to which the Rheinische Landesmuseum in Bonn devoted a large solo exhibition in 1993.

After a short abstract phase, Ottersbach began to work with preexisting visual material in the 1990s. He rearranges historical images found in archives, revising and transforming them into a painting. He usually treats his interests here in an associative way.

In 1997, his 44-part work o.T. (Jugend) was on view in the much acclaimed exhibition Deutschlandbilder at the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin. In 2003, the Museum Folkwang in Essen showed ECHTZEIT.6889, a complex of works on recent German history from the '68 movement to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

In 2007 the Kunsthalle Tübingen dedicated an comprehensive exhibition to Heribert C. Ottersbach. In 2008 the Institut Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt did a solo exhibition of his architectural pictures. In the same year, he mounted two further solo exhibitions at the Museum Villa Stuck in Munich and at the Hamburger Kunsthalle, which focussed on the theme of landscape. In 2012 his portraits were on view at the Forum Kunst Rottweil.

Ottersbach works through painting's classical genres and investigates their contemporary relevance. To this end, he internalises and exploits the technical possibilities of other media competing with painting in the production of images. The endless storage of digitally-available images of our time provides the basis for his computer-generated pre-compositions. He checks every picture–whether found or self-made–for its usefulness as a painting before deciding on further use. Here, he is mainly interested in the painted picture, which has the power to prove itself amidst the contemporary flood of short-lived images.

Text courtesy Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art.

Heribert C. Ottersbach Featured Artworks

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No Trespassing by Heribert C. Ottersbach contemporary artwork painting
Heribert C. Ottersbach No Trespassing, 2014 Acrylic on canvas
85 x 120 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery
La Strada by Heribert C. Ottersbach contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, drawing
Heribert C. Ottersbach La Strada, 2019 India ink on paper
34.9 x 44.5 cm (incl frame)
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery
Ted's Cabin ‒ Exterior by Heribert C. Ottersbach contemporary artwork works on paper, drawing
Heribert C. Ottersbach Ted's Cabin ‒ Exterior, 2018 India ink on paper
34.9 x 44.5 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery
Ted's Cabin ‒ Interior (2) by Heribert C. Ottersbach contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Heribert C. Ottersbach Ted's Cabin ‒ Interior (2), 2018 India ink on paper
34.9 x 44.5 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery
Kleine Banalität by Heribert C. Ottersbach contemporary artwork painting
Heribert C. Ottersbach Kleine Banalität, 2019 Acrylic on canvas
30 x 40 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery
Åkerö (2) by Heribert C. Ottersbach contemporary artwork painting
Heribert C. Ottersbach Åkerö (2), 2008 Acrylic on canvas
85 x 120 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery
Am Nachmittag by Heribert C. Ottersbach contemporary artwork painting
Heribert C. Ottersbach Am Nachmittag, 2018 Acrylic on canvas
61 x 50 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery
Der falsche Blick by Heribert C. Ottersbach contemporary artwork painting
Heribert C. Ottersbach Der falsche Blick, 2018 Acrylic on canvas
55 x 46 cm
Beck & Eggeling International Fine Art Contact Gallery

Heribert C. Ottersbach Recent Exhibitions

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