Tim Eitel: Photorealism meets Surrealist Landscape

So I went on a crash course of German artist, Tim Eitel’s work after spotting his oil painting Boot, 2004 in a magazine. It’s hard not to be fascinated by the enigmatic image of a couple rowing through an interior space, the mystery of the narrative just sort of slaps you in the face and then draws you in closer.

I dug further and I’m kinda obsessed. He used to do more referential stuff with obvious pointer clues to Mondrian etc. In recent years he has taken a more layered, minimalist turn, placing non-self-aware figures in stark, apocalyptic architectural settings.

He investigates the modern person’s bizarre relationship with nature, how we naively “tamed” its ferocity (i.e., golf courses, parks). You can download an amazing interview/article with him here by clicking on the “A Stage” catalogue. It shows the gamut of his work and painting processes.