The Portrait

led in recent years to the exciting challenge 

for me

To paint or draw portraits life is my concern. I need to get to know the person sitting in front of me – to hear his story and I can therefore detect him further than a rigid copy of a snapshot of a photo.

These sessions also bring several interesting moments and experiences into the lives of all – the sitter as well as the painter. And ultimately benefit not only these two people, but all those present, as it is also possible to watch “life portrait” in public.

 

Face-Europe

THE NEW PROJECT „FACE-EUROPE“

THE MANY EUROPEAN FACES

This title is also dealing with the issue of Europe in general and the EU is in particular.  It includes “The face”, but also “To face”, “faced”, up to “let`s face it”: let’s be honest.

Please also refer to  www.face-europe.eu about this unique project

 

99plus1

SUMMER 2016 WAS EXCITING!

IN THE NEIGHBOURHOOD FESTIVAL 2016 LOWER AUSTRIA MOSTVIERTEL THE PROJECT
99PLUS1 – NUSSDORF IN PORTRAIT ” WAS A PART OF IT.

From May 5 to August 7, 2016, the Austrian artist Wilfried König painted 99 people from his village Nussdorf and one person from the  partner town Matrei.

While portraying the people should tell something about themmselves and about their village Nussdorf.
  • The portrait painting sessions were recorded on video.
  • The film records are handed over to the community as a historical document
  • A documentary movie is in progress.
  • A book is planned.

The unique project is remarkable not only in its form and extent but also stands out for its social component.

THE PROJECT

99 plus 1 – Nussdorf in Portrait

was exciting, social, educational, on everyone’s lips, inspiring, surprising, sustainable ….

THE HOW

Men, women and children, 4-94 years participated in this project

99 Nußdorf people and one citizen of Matrei – sat on the throne and were portrayed.

During this portrait session they were also filmed in order to leave their stories as well as their emotions for eternity.

Contemporary documents in the form of 500 hours of video material were given to the community council and will give later in history a valuable insight into the “today” of the village and its inhabitants.

THE WHY

To get to Know and Perceive

“Immigrants” and “Natives” often do not have the opportunity to meet each other or do not use opportunities.

I consider myself as an “Immigrant”.  This happened many times in different places, on different continents with different cultures. There I could see how important it is to get to know others which can pick up differences and may disappear misunderstandings or misinformation, leading to a good cooperation.

A “we” makes it easier to develop empathy. In order get  to a “we” it needs to discover similarities that often appear during a conversation during the portrait session.
If the similarities are sometimes just  the joint residence this awareness can be a first step.

But over the strong relationship of  “we” we must not forget that there is also the “other”. Therefore, the decision was taken to not only paint “people from Nussdorf” but also someone from another area due to the idea that “we” not should not stay a “Gallic village”.

Perception is respect.

The unique project is remarkable not only in its form and extent but also stands out for its social component.

  • Get to know each other
  • “Immigrants” were seen and were able to talk about themselves
  • “Immigrants” learned something about “original inhabitants”
  • “Original inhabitants” learned something “Immigrants”
  • Nußdorfer citizens were gifted with pictures worth a total of 50 000, – Euros as each portrayed person got the artwork as a present

 

Lebendige Porträts

My greatest emphasis lies in the exposure of the essential.

What makes man so unique, should be in the foreground.

I PAINT OR DRAW YOUR PORTRAIT WHILE  YOU ARE  SITTING IN FRONT OF ME – in exceptional circumstances – FROM  PHOTO TEMPLATE

About Me

Since the mid-80s working as a freelance artist.

 

Since 1998 Head of painting workshops and coursesIMG_2192.jpg

Over the years my painting was subject to strong changes. From initially realistic style through contact with impressionistic way of seeing and excursions in the expressionistic world of color of the great French painters of the 19th century, my painting went slowly from the concrete over into the abstract.
Since the cycle “Sold” my painting became more realistic again. But it still has abstract elements in it.

After several years of artistic break I dedicated myself exclusively to portrait.