Art out of a pumping station: In 2001, the painter and sculptor Dietmar Brixy bought a former sewage pumping station in Mannheim, Germany, which was built in 1903, and converted it into a flat, studio and exhibition hall. Brixy needs the space with the huge building halls because many of his paintings measure several metres.
His works impress with their strong colours, which he sometimes applies impasto in thick layers, and at other times almost transparently, thus creating a relief-like structure. Brixy does not paint figuratively, but for all their optical abstraction, his paintings always trace nature, as he says.
Dietmar Brixy, born in Mannheim in 1961, studied at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe and has been working very successfully as a freelance artist since 1991.