The brilliance of Lars Reiffers’ colours, the smooth flow of the stroke of his brush as well as the occasionally irritating haptic and tactile qualities of his blossoms and leaves automatically remind the viewer of the art of the 17th Century, in particular, of the Dutch still lifes, the so-called nature morte, which should immediately appear in front of the inner eye of the viewer. It is all the more surprising and remarkable at the same time that the artistic personality behind these canvasses was born in 1978.
Reiffers, prize winner of the Lucas Cranach special award in 2001, first studied painting in Aix-en-Provence, the birthplace of Paul Cézanne, before continuing his studies at the Kunstakademie Münster in Professor Kuhna’s class. In 2002, Herrmann-Josef Kuhna declared Reiffers his master student. His solo exhibitions include: Klonaris Fine Art, Palma de Mallorca; Gallery Gabriele Hovestadt, Nottuln; Gallery Cerny und Partner, Wiesbaden; and Gallery Schöber, Dortmund Germany. He was shown as part of the Celeste Prize 2016 at The Bargehouse OXO London.
Featured image: Lars Reiffers, Gone the dream, 2013, Oil on Canvas, 100 x 135cm (39.3 x 53.1in.)