Portrait of the artist Gerhard Langenfeld

Gerhard Langenfeld

The conceptual artist Gerhard Langenfeld, who was born in Saulgau, Germany, in 1955, explores the colour black in all its glory. Langenfeld, who studied at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart under Prof. Rudolf Haegele and Prof. Peter Grau, discovers this powerful colour in its sensual effects, its diverse tone qualities and the deep spatial qualities that result from it. Especially the effects and associations of the colour black are more contradictory than those of any other colour. A strict structure, a monochromatic choice of colours and a concentration on minimalist expressive possibilities are characteristic of his works. During the painting process, colour, light and space are closely interrelated. Through reflecting and absorbing light conditions, diverse pictorial spatialities are created on the black ground. Those emphasise the special effect and power emanating from the contrasting colour black.

Since 1983, Gerhard Langenfeld has been represented at numerous solo and group exhibitions. In 1998 he joined the Deutscher Künstlerbund and since 2004 he is a member of the Künstlerbund Baden-Württemberg e.V.