The photo doesn’t do the actual painting justice, some day I should put the painting outside in the day light and snap a real good exposure.
In any case, I love this little portrait. It calls up strong associations although I won’t say which ones for me personally, since I have noticed that every viewer interprets the motive slightly differently. It is a mysterious piece of work.
This painting I created in 1992 – it currently hangs on the wall of our bathroom, so we look at it each day. It was on loan for a few years to a very special friend, I have never sold it though: this bird, as it glides over a wintry landscape, is very dear to me and hard to part from.
I created this oil painting in Basel, Switzerland in the eighties of the last century. You could regard it as one of my early works. It used to hang in the offices of the company Euroforum for a long time, but was then acquired by a private person in Austria.
I have lost track of it since – I wonder where it is now? A beautiful notion that my work wanders the world, viewed by thousands of people.
Like with all of my paintings, I have used the combination of oil paint and pigments plus sand for this one. I created it shortly after a visit to Egypt, and the colors I selected on the basis of colors that you often see there. The background (as you will notice) shows the structure of the canvas, as the paint was applied very superficially, as if it is the wall of an neglected building. The camel appears more like a silhouette, suggesting deformation of the image by hot desert air.