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Heinrich Siepmann

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* 30.11.1904 | Mülheim an der Ruhr
† 16.12.2002 | Mülheim an der Ruhr

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Heinrich Siepmann

1904
Born in Mülheim/Ruhr, Germany
   
1925-1927
Studied at the Folkwang School, Essen
   
seit 1928
Free-lance artist, painting stilllifes and landscapes
   
1941-1945
Soldier in WWII, prisoner-of-war
   
1948
Co-founder of the artists' group "junger westen" (Gustav Deppe, Thomas Grochowiak, Ernst Hermanns, Emil Schumacher, Heinrich Siepmann and Hans Werdehausen); Awarded the art prize "junger westen" by the town Recklinghausen, together with Emil Schumacher, Karl Otto Goetz and Kurt Lehmann
   
1953
Member of the Westdeutscher Künstlerbund (West German Artists' Association)
   
1954
Awarded the art prize "junger westen" by the town of Recklinghausen
  
1956
Member of the Deutscher Künstlerbund (German Artists' Association)
   
1959-1969
Produces abstract paintings, influenced by Tachism
   
1962
Awarded the Ruhr Prize for Art and Science by the town of Mülheim/Ruhr
   
1970
Beginning of his Constructive phase
    
1979
Awarded the Karl-Ernst-Osthaus Prize by the town of Hagen, and the Düsseldorf Artists' Art Prize
    
1980
Guest stay at Villa Romana, Florence
    
1981
Winner of the Grand Prix at the 3rd International Biennial Graphic Arts Festival in Seoul/South Korea
   
1989/90
Retrospective exhibition in Bochum, Düsseldorf and Ahlen
   
1994
Awarded the Ring of Honour by the town of Mülheim/Ruhr
   
1997
Winner of the Ida-Gerhardi Award, Lüdenscheid
   
2002
Died in December in Mülheim/Ruhr
  
Heinrich Siepmann was one of the few contemporary artists who even in advanced old age continued to work with impressive creative vigour. A founding member of the artists' group "junger westen" in Recklinghausen in 1948, he initially fashioned gestural paintings, influenced by the Art Informel movement, subsequently devoting himself increasingly to geometric-constructive compositions. From the 1970s onwards, his paintings became markedly austere and reductive in structure, before assuming a more colourful and lyrical quality in the 1990s. Heinrich Siepmann's collages were autonomous experiments exploring form, colour and structure. Commenting on his work, the artist explained: "I adopt a geometric-constructive approach when constructing my paintings - with the diagonal playing a special role. Colour serves a contrapuntal function within a scale ranging from grey to white tones. Analytical considerations and remaining receptive to the myriad possibilities arising during the work process shape my work."


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