The Visual Worlds of Mathias Kniepeiss
Impressively colourful, provocative, tongue-in-cheek, glamorous, opulent, garish and intimate at the same time, the idiosyncratic work of photographic artist and storyteller Mathias Kniepeiss takes the viewer on journeys through time and into whimsical worlds.
In his sublimely exaggerated photo series, he uses photography to try to eliminate the boundaries between reality and illusion and to capture and record life in all of its sensuality. He succeeds in doing this in real locations ,where he gathers a team of actors, make-up artists, costume designers and set designers to recreate hyper-real settings in which every last detail has been researched and prepared meticulously in advance – a time-consuming process.
In his images, historical quotations are staged just as grandly as powerfully imagined visions. He switches between genres with ease,
putting flawlessly androgynous bodies or boldly presented eroticism on full display.
Mathias Kniepeiss manages to create a unique tension in his stagings, and he exudes a dynamism that transforms the viewer into a voyeur and gives them the feeling that they are a part of the show; they find themselves witnessing an orgy in a courtly rococo setting or discovering facets of Venetian history.
He makes perfect use of light and shadow, of movement and stillness, and his handling of colour and composition actually is more akin to painting in the style of the old masters of art history, but instead of a palette and brush, he uses digital tools to create new, original images.
Mathias Kniepeiss skilfully plays with emotions, associations and stories. He conjures up the past and the bizarre in snapshots using contemporary photography. One is tempted to exclaim: “This show must go on!” And we certainly hope that it will continue for a long time to come. There are still so many unique stories waiting to be told by him as he draws on the vast reservoir of his imagination.
Faces of Venice series
Limited edition of 4 prints per painting
(+2 artist’s proofs)
Total of 48 pieces
Labelled on reverse
90 x 60 cm & 150 x 100 cm
Printed on canvas
Mounted baroque frame