Heinrich Siepmann

* 30 11 1904 | Mülheim an der Ruhr
† 16 12 2002 | Mülheim an der Ruhr

Heinrich Siepmann was one of the few contemporary artists who even in advanced old age continued to work with impressive creative vigour. A founding member of the artists' group "junger westen" in Recklinghausen in 1948, he initially fashioned gestural paintings, influenced by the Art Informel movement, subsequently devoting himself increasingly to geometric-constructive compositions. From the 1970s onwards, his paintings became markedly austere and reductive in structure, before assuming a more colourful and lyrical quality in the 1990s. Heinrich Siepmann's collages were autonomous experiments exploring form, colour and structure. Commenting on his work, the artist explained: "I adopt a geometric-constructive approach when constructing my paintings - with the diagonal playing a special role. Colour serves a contrapuntal function within a scale ranging from grey to white tones. Analytical considerations and remaining receptive to the myriad possibilities arising during the work process shape my work."


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Vita Heinrich Siepmann

1904

Born in Mülheim/Ruhr, Germany

1925-1927

Studied at the Folkwang School, Essen

seit 1928

Free-lance artist, painting stilllifes and landscapes

1941-1945

Soldier in WWII, prisoner-of-war

1948

Co-founder of the artists' group "junger westen" (Gustav Deppe, Thomas Grochowiak, Ernst Hermanns, Emil Schumacher, Heinrich Siepmann and Hans Werdehausen); Awarded the art prize "junger westen" by the town Recklinghausen, together with Emil Schumacher, Karl Otto Goetz and Kurt Lehmann

1953

Member of the Westdeutscher Künstlerbund (West German Artists' Association)

1954

Awarded the art prize "junger westen" by the town of Recklinghausen

1956

Member of the Deutscher Künstlerbund (German Artists' Association)

1959-1969

Produces abstract paintings, influenced by Tachism

1962

Awarded the Ruhr Prize for Art and Science by the town of Mülheim/Ruhr

1970

Beginning of his Constructive phase

1979

Awarded the Karl-Ernst-Osthaus Prize by the town of Hagen, and the Düsseldorf Artists' Art Prize

1980

Guest stay at Villa Romana, Florence

1981

Winner of the Grand Prix at the 3rd International Biennial Graphic Arts Festival in Seoul/South Korea

1989/90

Retrospective exhibition in Bochum, Düsseldorf and Ahlen

1994

Awarded the Ring of Honour by the town of Mülheim/Ruhr

1997

Winner of the Ida-Gerhardi Award, Lüdenscheid

2002

Died in December in Mülheim/Ruhr

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