Juliane von Kunhardt

My body of work wanders between the personal and the global context. I address a variety of subjects which range from classical children’s portraits and conceptual work with a social message. The constant thread running through my broad-ranging body of work is this: Giving justice to the importance of a subject without losing a sense of hope and humor. I am trained as a graphic designer and enjoy working with line and shape, always trying to balance out playfulness with simplicity. For my various techniques my materials range from superfine ink pens to broad oil color sticks.

The book ’1913’ by Florian Illies was the inspiration for a portrait series of intellectuals and artists of that time. These talented and well-read minds had an immense impact on European culture and society. Yet little did they know that they were living in the wake of WWI. This ignorance of the intellectual elite fascinates me and made me wonder whether a century later, history could repeat itself.

German/Austrian Artists (starting upper left):
Igor Stravinsky, Alma Mahler-Werfel, Gertrude Stein, Oskar Kokoschka, Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, Ludwig Kirchner, Sigmund Freud, Franz Kafka, Else Lasker-Schüler, Gabriele Münter and again Alma Mahler-Werfels’ lithografie version without screenprint

artist’s website

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