b. 1954, Germany

Peter Tollens Biography

Whenever a painter uses paint to make a line, he begins to create an appearance. But the paint itself has a realty, it has informed the life of the painter, also became his undoing, but the beholder doesn’t know any of this, he doesn’t see the real paint. That is Peter Tollens’ (born 1954 in Kleve, lives in Cologne) theme. He seems to say, “No illusions, paint is paint and nothing else.” And with every painting he paints, he seems to pose the question what paint is. The answer is in his work. A dialogue develops with every brushstroke. Space emerges, time passes and is captured, a structure develops and adds expression, values and convictions are reflected in it, the colour adds sound and atmosphere. By foregoing illusion and focussing on paint and colour, the painter shows us that paint and painting are the painter himself, they are part of his body, his emotions and perception. The painter cannot hide anywhere in his painting.

Peter Tollens Featured Artworks

ripsdorf by Peter Tollens contemporary artwork painting
Peter Tollens ripsdorf, 2010 Oil on wood
45 x 49 cm
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Blau by Peter Tollens contemporary artwork painting
Peter Tollens Blau, 2017 Oil paint on linen on wood
46 x 48 cm
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Blau Grün Gelb Orange auf rosa Dreck by Peter Tollens contemporary artwork painting, works on paper
Peter Tollens Blau Grün Gelb Orange auf rosa Dreck, 2019 Watercolour on Indian paper
38 x 56 cm
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light gray blue red orange gray by Peter Tollens contemporary artwork painting
Peter Tollens light gray blue red orange gray, 2018–2019 Oil on shale
40 x 34 cm
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grün ocker grün by Peter Tollens contemporary artwork painting, works on paper, sculpture
Peter Tollens grün ocker grün, 2011 Oil on wood
59 x 54 cm
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DUKE by Peter Tollens contemporary artwork painting
Peter Tollens DUKE, 2015–2017 Wax, dammar and oil on canvas
180 x 110 cm
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