Interview: Dierk Osterloh
Luca Curci talks with Dierk Osterloh during VISIONS, third appointment of CANVAS CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Dierk Osterloh, who was born in Oldenburg/Lower Saxony in 1964, initially studied law. At the age of 27, he took a new direction in his life and found his way to art. In Freiburg im Breisgau, he created his first oil paintings and the passion for artistic work ignited a fire in him that continues to this day. With esprit, he changed his residence in 1994 and moved to Cologne, to his first own studio. In 1996 he moved his studio to the well-known „Kunstzentrum Wachsfabrik“ in the south of Cologne. Here he found excellent conditions for his artistic development so he lived and worked there until 2020. During this creative phase, sculptures and objects were created in addition to the large-format oil paintings. Photographic works have always accompanied these disciplines.
Three groups of works divide the painting of Dierk Osterloh. Non-objective painting or concrete art, figurative works and landscapes. In terms of content as well as form, the artist has always followed his own path with passion. The brush used in the beginning has at times given way to the palette knife. Today both tools are used in parallel. The painting style is focused on the implementation of the central elements of force and dynamics. These two thematic complexes represent the times in which we live. Pastos the oil paint is applied and then provided with Schmissen. New worlds are created that fascinate the viewer when he engages in this way of seeing. Since 2020 Dierk Osterloh has lived and worked in the Westerwald near Bonn in the “Villa ARTE”. In addition to a showroom, there is a sculpture garden in the outdoor area. National and international exhibitions accompany his work.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Dierk Osterloh – My artistic approach is to create expressive oil paintings, archaic sculptures and powerful digital artworks. My approach has always been to develop my own signature in these disciplines and to explore boundaries. I‘ve been doing this for almost 30 years.
LC – According to you, what makes a good photo? Which details do you focus on?
DO – A good photo has life, an eye-catcher, and a statement and at the same time it is carried by aesthetics.
LC – When you take photos, are you usually inspired by the situation or do you find inspiration in yourself?
DO – I find my motives in everyday life. It is important for an artist to train his eye and pay attention to details. If you can, you will find suggestions everywhere. These themes can then grow into individual motifs or series.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
DO – The biggest challenge is not to be satisfied too quickly, but to keep working until the 100% mark is reached.
LC – How do you choose your subjects? Is it a reasoned or an instinctive process?
DO – I choose my topics freely according to my mood. Sometimes I postpone the production of works according to the preparations. You have to coordinate processes with each other.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
DO – I like to work very puristically and expressively. There is no opulence. A strong reduction is important to me. With this, I develop the tension that a work of art needs to become attractive. Through art, I also express myself personally. Art is a mirror of the artist but also a mirror of society.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
DO – I really liked the theme of the Visions exhibition. I was able to present my new series cutting edge. It is about images of people with a futuristic background. Very martial figures in the midst of lurid next scenes.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event? How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
DO – In my works I have expressed current social references, the world is becoming harder, more martial. People quarrel and fight each other. Power and money are the gods that everyone defends. A cold environment with Bright colors.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
DO – I had very pleasant support with regard to the implementation of the exhibition.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
DO – The idea behind itsliquid is very good. To create an opportunity to show art in exciting metropolises. Professional artists need an international presence and the opportunity to show their work to a large audience.