Photo © Frank Homann

Photo © Frank Homann

Regina Nieke

“The true and interesting life of a human being is played out in hiding, as if under the veil of night... Every personal existence is a mystery.”
Anton Pawlowitsch Tschechow, 1860 – 1904

 

In the intensely colourful beauty of Regina Nieke’s images, man’s eternal contradictions, conflicts and desires lie hidden. Her figures appear to be alive, as if their motion is caught within a momentary snapshot. The movements are expressed using Regina Nieke’s characteristic style, with a variety of painting techniques, glazed and pastose paint application, and the addition of different tools such as squeegees, spatulas and spray cans. The liveliness of the paintings deprives the portrayed figurative element of its loneliness.

Regina Nieke
"The Figurative Element"


The Figurative Element is an extensive monograph on Regina Niekes’ work of recent years (2009-15). Niekes’ paintings are like snapshots of human figures. Often the pictures are based on paintings from art history, or inspired by modern, figurative painting. Views of her research and sketchbooks also provide a deeper understanding of her works and their individual histories. The publication is available at KERBER Verlag, Berlin.

Selected Works

Works on paper