Georg Brandner

Artist, Sculptor


Ongoing artistic change as a driving force for something new. Various materials and techniques open up new perspectives. Georg Brandner: a fascinating blend of colours, forms and materials. What defines the fascination of a work of art? What qualities must such work have to make you stop before it, look at and immerse into it in for better understanding?

The works of Austrian artist Georg Brandner have such decisive peculiarities that makes each viewer feeling inevitably captured by the image. The artist, who lives and works in Niklasdorf (Styria), combines an abstract, expressive painting with collage and natural vegetation-based shapes and structures that result as a harmonious and powerful piece.

Every intrigued viewer feels a certain level of tension that emanates from these strong haptic acting works, which reveal a masterful treatment of the material, inventiveness and a curious experimentations of the artist.

At first glance, it’s almost impossible to realise the depth of composition of his paintings. Only after closer look the evidence of his work with all inherent facets conveys to the viewer, so his experience, impressions and sensations that he collects from his travelling around the world, transfers to unique pieces of art.

Moreover, artist embeds various materials such are fabrics, leaves and plants fragments brought from Thailand and India, into his works that along with his indirect visual imagery gives strength via directly incorporated artistic style. Among other materials Georg is used to work with are jute, corrugated cardboard, quartz sand, card, paper, posters, silk cloths and lace. Delicate filigree tissues are paired with coarse and rough materials, along with layers of colour create a symbiosis which highlights the individual characteristics of Brandner’s works.
In his latest works, such as Schattenblüte 2012/13, the artist remains true to his style of design expression – yet, despite or perhaps because of this, the works surprise and captivate the observer. The works reveal lots of interesting structures thanks to the incorporation of materials and lace and the use of various techniques: Georg Brandner paints over and over; he sticks, sprinkles, smudges, smooths over and scratches his visual statement into the compositions, usually on a large canvases.

The artist can make several substantial changes to the pieces before finally finishing them. Appreciating the importance of nature and the environment in every human’s life, Georg always says that ‘Nothing is less interesting to me than an object without a history’. Every little change, even corrosion, transforms object into something special for him. And every constant changes in nature transform into new special forms and shapes. This is his vision. In another work, Herbarium 2012/13, he showed an educational example of this process. Here, the emergence of plants portrayed (sometimes emphasised by colour accents) successively guides the eye of the observer up to a gently protruding area (created using a delicately structured material) reminiscent of an arabesque which seems to act like a kind of demarcation, similar to an ornamental frieze in architecture. This vertical view is emphasised by a red line which runs along the left-hand edge of the composition like a thread. The title of this image with its various different techniques is the same as its content – a herbarium is a collection of dried and pressed flowers and leaves.
Looking at Brandner’s artistic creations overall, it is evident that he produces works of intense colour and bright explosions; on the other hand, the colours are regularly reduced in his works, as with his latest images. However, despite these toned back colourings, red is always a feature, albeit in a muted shade: red as a long thin line on the left-hand edge as in Herbarium, red as a central area in Flower Bag or red as a diagonally mirror-inverted shape in Schattenblüte. The signal colour of red thereby completes his significant visual language. For art historians and critics, this is a reflection of Brandner’s typical red shade. Brandner himself says: in my works, the red is perhaps not only an expression of the steel industry around me, geographically, and has a sensual and erotic aspect relating to my travels – but it is more a transformed green surrounding me on all sides in my home environment.
Georg Brandner’s colour, shape and material compositions invite the observer to set off on an exciting voyage of discovery, to penetrate the depths of the multi-layered works (full of deliberate dynamism and zestful lightness) and to embrace the effect of the images with all the senses.