Interview: Rainer Pierson
Luca Curci talks with Rainer Pierson during FUTURE LANDSCAPES, third appointment of BORDERS Art Fair 2020, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Rainer Pierson is a painter from Germany, who focuses on landscape paintings, with a special style in watercolor. The real art for him is reading and feeling landscapes, reducing them to a minimum. Through sensations and imaginations, with puristic, minimalist and impressionist styles, he wants to explore the intimate relationship between himself with his beloved homeland by building a deep connection unconsciously between body, soul and space. He was the winner of the Sommerhäuser Impressionen in 2010 that was one of the important competitions in Germany. He won competition awards in München in 2012 and in Hamburg in 2015. Many solo exhibitions were followed. Especially a few exhibitions held from 2016-2019 titled “Wengert & Mee“. His artworks mainly were exhibited in Germany, and his works were published by some art magazines and also were attracted attention from regional media. His paintings were acquired by large companies, but also by private local individuals and they are also attracting many national and international viewers. Just like his open and enthusiastic personality, he is passionate to pursue more opportunities to introduce his art and culture to international audiences and professionals.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Rainer Pierson – Art is freedom and absolute pure feelings for me. All your feelings, moods, passion can run wild, everything flows into your artworks, and in these moments, there are no realities, no plans, and no norms to complete your artwork, and the viewers can either feel this or not. With my art, I want to touch the souls. Viewers should immerse themselves in my world full of passion and colors. There would be an intimate communication between my viewers and my art, and in this dialogue, they can learn new things about art and themselves. Just like what I wrote in one of my exhibitions before: “In my arts, there are things that I cannot explain to you because in your thoughts and feelings they are always unique”. If I have to describe what is art for me in just one word, that would be “Monet”.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
RP – Since I was a young artist, I always tried to explore creative motivations that were deep inside my heart. After many study trips, such as in America, Asia and especially Europe (most often in Italy and France), following the footsteps of my “enlightened friend” Paul Cezanne, I found my paradise which is my homeland Franconia (Part of Bavaria). For me, it is the most wonderful White wine region in the world. According to a Motto: why wander into the distance, when the good is so close? My passion for my homeland landscape became stronger and stronger, and I have focused it intensively on my ongoing project: Wengert & Mee. I feel like a joyful child while I walk and paint in the vineyards near the “Mee” river and the variety of powerful colors in different seasons (Green in Spring, Red in Summer, Purple and Yellow in Autumn, Brown and Blue in Winter), and I cannot get enough of seeing and feeling them. Since 2016, I have painted many Franconia landscape paintings, and every day I have a new feeling when I am in the land, and each time I have a new conversation with them and I feel that I must record these feelings into my paintings. Therefore, there is still a lot to do.
LC – What is your creative process?
RP – When I have this landscape in front of me, it affects me for a long time. I feel like a part of it, and the feelings are so intense that some of my paintings were directly painted by my fingers through watercolor in a few minutes. With the season changes, my feelings change too, and this can be express through the changes of colors. For example, the red color used in the piece “Vineyard in Summer-Sex in the city? No, Sex in Vineyards!” expresses my romantic and passionate love feelings in the vineyard above the “Mee River” instead of “in the city”; and the green one, which dominates in the piece “Vineyard and Mee in Spring”, gives a very refreshing, peaceful and mysterious feeling with the waterfall and raindrop form; and by using blue, the work “The river of Mee in Winter” indicates a distinguishing aloneness with elegance and serenity. High-quality materials always played a role in completing my arts, and I pay more attention to the frames, glasses and Passepartout that I use for each painting during my creative process. As a complete art piece, there is a need for a balance that you can see in my artworks, where you feel the passion but also the power of silence, and I suppose this is the way human brains work: inspirations come from the balanced power of passion and silence. That explains why I also need the quietness, that you can feel in my paintings. You can also notice that I do not use many different colors, but I mainly use Red, Blue, Green, Yellow and Brown. In a simple answer, I transfer my intensive feelings into these landscapes through powerful but pure abstract colors, fluid but unsophisticated forms and imagination of absence, which is exactly my own puristic and minimalist style, because the less you do the more you show. I must say that watercolor is very fluid: colors dance together with water. As an artist, my fingers have to make them dance to ensure that the dynamic changes are able to express my exact feelings, but I want to challenge this.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
RP – I have always been faithful to my Franconia landscape paintings, working in front of nature that is quite different than in the studio, and I am trying my best to catch the dynamism of nature in my homeland. For me, a theme an artist chooses to work on is the subject he loves the most in his life, thus the essence of the subject can be explored and delivered to his viewers, and then the theme becomes his specialty. I wish more people saw and felt my homeland’s landscape and culture. I have always been devoted exclusively to watercolor paintings. It’s very difficult to work together with brushes, paint, water, paper and the necessary speed, and you have to train them by hands and brain, otherwise the watercolor will dominate you!
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
RP – I suppose that as an artist, you always feel the extreme and positive ways that can lead straight to paradise, easily like a feather you can float on clouds, and there is no stopping. However, nowadays, especially in the current times with Covid, artists can be the group of people that can be forgotten the most, because when the societies focus on many negativities and tragedies in life, they can feel too exhausted to pay attention to the wonderful. However, what can bring people hope, courage, joy and inspirational thoughts? I think it can be art. Nevertheless, I am an optimistic and energetic man, and I have always been keeping myself open-minded. My feelings of happiness through my art give me a passionate and balanced emotional world, and so I always try to find a positive way of looking to the future.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?
RP – I am very happy with you enjoying my watercolors and I thank you very much for your positive statements. As I mentioned before in this interview, I am working on my current project: Wengert & Mee Vineyard and the river of Mee. In the past few years, I held some solo exhibitions in my region and this is the first time this series of artworks go abroad, and I sincerely wish people liked them, and more paintings will continuously come. For example, I am trying to use exclusively pure black to paint my vineyard and the river to indicate the social atmosphere of this specific Corona period. Although black can indicate dark serious feelings, it has its silent solid power. When the society suffers, nature brings hope and inspiration for us, and I also wish people under difficulties could feel this natural strength inside themselves.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
RP – For me, the variety of your offer is based on the incredible values of your vision. By this, I mean that the diverse artistic paths that you present mate with many international and different cultures. This dynamism would attract many artists’ and visitors’ attention, curators and collectors worldwide, especially because Venice is one of the global art centers with its continuous development, and I think your group will have many good achievements in the future. The theme of Future Landscapes is also attractive and deep because artists’ imagination can be challenged but also the intimate connections between spaces, time and themselves can be enhanced through their individual creative processes. Particularly, worldwide viewers can feel these free and infinite connections between their minds, bodies and spaces, and their feelings will be there through imagination and sensations touched by paintings, and I believe that this is good for artworks to achieve.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
RP – I am absolutely convinced that an artist should take every opportunity, after weighing all the details, to present themselves and their works to potential markets. In this sense, this festival not only provides opportunities for artists to express their unique creations but also helps them to look outside the boxes and to learn something new. Not only the artists but also the visitors can benefit from it. Honestly, one thing I like to point out is that the commercial aspect plays an important role in many areas today, also in the art one’s, because artists need to have a sensible and functioning economic basis for the necessities in life and materials for our creative processes. Although I won some competitions and held solo exhibitions in my region, I wish my art and my homeland culture could be known more internationally, and that’s why your exhibition offer and support are quite valuable for me.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
RP – From the feedback of my representative agent Ms. Gu as well as information on your website, I feel that your company is working in a professional way. Especially, this kind of interview offer provides a valuable chance for artists to talk about their artworks. In general, my agent and I feel comfortable and we would like to collaborate with you for further international projects in the future.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
RP – Good platforms are incredibly important for artists. I felt good working with your company. The communication through emails with your project coordinators was always efficient. Because of some personal reasons and the Coronavirus situation, I couldn’t attend the exhibition but I believe that this successful cooperation is based on trust and mutual respect, and we would like to develop it over time and that there will be more interaction between us in future.