David Schnell - Stunde on Flickr.
oil and acrylic on canvas
For centuries, artists have sought to create the suggestion of movement in their paintings. The vertiginous combinations of natural and artificial elements used by German artist David Schnell (b. Bergisch Gladbach, 1971) produce the desired illusion of both speed and depth. Most of Schnell’s paintings feature an extremely central vanishing point and a complete absence of narrative element or event. Trained at the Hochschule für Grafik und Buchkunst in Leipzig, Schnell belongs to the same generation of successful painters as Matthias Weischer. Often called the Neue Leipziger Schule, this group of artists is well-known for its mastery both of the craft aspects of painting and of a range of graphic techniques. This summer, the GEM is mounting a major solo exhibition in honour of this highly talented artist.