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ilg 5 Minutes: Hendrik ‘ecb’ Beikirch

Es gibt eine neue Folge aus der Videoserie “5 MINUTES” von ilovegraffiti. Diesmal ist Hendrik ECB Beikirch im Portrait.

Anlass unserer nächsten 5MINUTES Episode ist das aktuell höchste Mural Asiens von Hendrik ‘ecb’ Beikirch. Bei Kaffee und Keksen haben wir uns in seinem Atelier über das überdimensionale Portrait eines südkoreanischen Fischers vor der Skyline von Busan und einige weitere Themen unterhalten. Der aus Kassel stammende Künstler, ist seit Mitte der Neunziger Jahre ein fester Begriff in der Graffiti und Streetartszene. Seine Menschendarstellungen erscheinen nachdenklich und schwermütig,  was meist die Umsetzung der Arbeiten in Graustufen unterstreicht. Hendrik´s auf den ersten Blick düster wirkenden, mit fotografischer Genauigkeit gesprühten Portraits, zeigen das ungeschminkte Alter und damit verbundene Geschichten. So will es der Künstler. Der Auszug aus einem sehr interessanten Gespräch an einem regnerischen November-Sonntag mit dem deutschen Graffitikünstler in unserer sechsten 5 MINUTES Episode 2012 auf ilovegraffiti.de

Engslich abstract: ilovegraffiti just released another episode of the “5 MINUTES” video series. 

Hendrik Beikirch (b. 1974) is a German painter well known for his series of large monochromatic wall paintings that often show portraits of older people, visibly marked by life. In order to create these works, Beikirch secretly takes sketches of strangers whom he encounters on his travels, noticing them for their aura and expression between hope and struggle. This inspired the title of his on-going series Faces of Hope and Struggle and runs seamlessly on the canvases of Beikirch, which mostly displays the same frontal view of unfamiliar people. He deliberately distances himself off from the polished and artificial aesthetic of advertising, which has now occupied major parts in public space. Beikirch always works with a reduced color palette, and therefore the high recognition factor ensures that viewers now can easily find walls by him all over Europe, Canada, the USA, Mexico, Chile, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Russia and other countries, all painted in the last 15 years. During 2 weeks of August 2012 he created not only a stunning work but an iconic piece that stretches over 70 meters (230 ft.) high and is yet to be considered as Asia´s tallest mural. Located in South Korea´s second largest city, Busan, this piece showcases a monochromatic mural of a fisherman, set in contrast with the Haeundae IPark building at the background, constructed by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind. Read more over at ilovegraffiti.de

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via | Photo:Henrik Beikirch

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