Stephan Melzl
Alexander der Grosse, 2023
Oil on wood
80 x 65 cm
Stephan Melzl

Stephan Melzl’s fine, rather small-format oil paintings already fascinate the viewer from a distance, drawing him closer. The representational depiction of an entirely separate world unfolds there on wood in the vortex of a seductive application of paint. Figures, solitary or multiple, and objects in landscapes or diverse spaces seem familiar and yet strange to us. Compact as regards painting, composition and content, Melzl produces paintings that draw on the treasury of art history, popular culture and modern everyday life and often feature a “picture within the picture” effect.

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