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Hans-Bernd Zimmermann
Brooklyn, NY
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ARTIST STATEMENT: I come to drawing and painting after a long journey in public service, mainly for the social betterment, empowerment and physical improvement of disenfrachised communities in New York City. My art work therefore is still relatively young. As an astute observer of politics in our society and during my public service career I found myself often amazed by the prevalence of ignorance, man's potential for deception and evil on the one hand, and his capacity for spirituality, beauty, resilience and compassion on the other. Against this background of contradictions and experiences I look at my own life, including its shortcomings and demons while trying to explore what the process of learning and aging is teaching me. I escape into nature to commune with myself in order to find harmony and then realize that survival is an ongoing fight there too, except it seems less contrived as it is apparently out of consciousness. There I often succeed in getting in touch with the fact that distance , both in time and space, heals and nurtures and reestablishes my sense of being and balance as well as of the miracles of life. I have lived exclusively in western civilizations but have reached out for inspiration and guidance into the thinking, mythologies and beliefs of other cultures. I am informed by travel, politics, books, music, film, personal relationships and strive to settle in the depth of my own self as a source of strength. In my paintings and drawings, be they portraits, landscapes or allegorical images I try to express what I see and feel about people, society and nature in furtherance of my understanding of life and its cycle as well as my own growth and spirituality.
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