“Each face possesses a certain exaggeration - want to live on at the beholder. Perhaps, I look for a specific face, the poetic dimension.”
He experimented gladly with different expressions and engineers. He got inspired to his motives by theater, musical, dance and literature. Detailed portraits of authors occupy an unique position in his production. In the exhibition portraits performed in oil, acrylic, drawings and graphic, of both Swedish and international authors.
INTENSIVE . EMOTIONAL
"The image of body language: the development of story drama and play".
Carl Köhler was an artist with a intense relationship to classical music, and it was a constant presence in his life. The exhibit ” Images of Dance and Sound” features images embodying music, dance and literature, which where the sources of inspiration, feeling, power and movement in his paintings.
MODERNISTIC TRADITION . STARTINGPOINT
It was the body, possibly more then people themselves that Carl Köhler was particularly devoted to and which spawned the most creativity in his later works. With a modernistic tradition as his starting-point, Köhler reduced and abstracted bodily forms, thereby bringing them to a new level. His masterful technique and expression are equally extraordinary in his paintings as in his assemblage works, in which he stapled pieces of cloth or glued other materials to various types of surfaces. Often succeeded a determinedly vital, tactile outer structure.
Köhler was a neo-modernist who especially liked to paint writers and intellectuals: Kafka, Beckett, Joyce, Gide, Beauvoir, all in a rough, haunting style that captured their writerly moods as much as their physical appearances.