On Friday, October 19th 2018 while visiting Anni Fuchs at the Ernst Fuchs Museum I met the most fascinating artist, Jos Pirkner, whom Anni introduced me to. His monumental work just left me speechless!
please note: some text and links are in German.
Jos Pirkner was born on 2 December 1927 in Sillian, East Tyrol. He attended the School of Applied Arts in Klagenfurt, graduated from the Master School of Applied Arts in Graz. He discovered his love for metalwork as a private student of Rudolf Reinhart in Salzburg.
Über einen Zeitraum von drei Jahren entstand diese Kurzdoku über den Osttiroler Bildhauer Jos Pirkner, der als 86-Jähriger die größte Bronceskulptur Europas vollendete, eine wuchtige Figurengruppe aus 14 dahin stürmenden Bullen, die der Künstler mit einer "architektonischen Skulptur" umhüllte. Pirkner entwarf den Firmensitz von Red Bull in Fuschl als Vulkan, aus dem seine Bullen wie Lava herausbrechen und schuf so ein monumentales Gesamtkunstwerk. Kameramann Peter Werlberger und Redakteur Gerhard Pirkner porträtieren den Künstler und sein Meisterwerk.
Red Bull-Zentrale mit Jos Pirkners Skulptur eröffnet
(Red Bull-Central with Jos Pirkners Skulptur opened)
Image credit: https://www.osttirol-heute.at
there is much more info in the German language Osttirol Heute
I only translated the first couple of paragraphs
Excerpt from his Biography, translated from German:
The young artist followed an offer from the Brom brothers in 1951 and began working as an independent gold and silver sculptor for this world-famous studio in the Netherlands. Jos Pirkner was accepted by the Academy of Fine Arts in Amsterdam and attended as a guest auditor the Free Academy in Utrecht. This city was his second home for the next 25 years. Pirkner opened his own studio and married in 1966 Joke Baegen. Immediately after the birth of his son Gidi, he returned to East Tyrol in 1978. Prof. Jos Pirkner lives with his family in Tristach near Lienz. The work of Jos Pirkner unites imagination and energy. And another, rare quality of a sculptor: the sense of human sensitivity. In the midst of the destruction and poverty of the post-war years, my parents have financed me with an artistic education. Where bread is scarce, art has no value. Nevertheless, my parents advised me to go my own way, as did the Dutch painter Charles Eyk years later, whom I met in Amsterdam. These people have not shaped my work, but my personality as an artist. I owe to them the self-confidence, undeterred by commercial and intellectual fashions, simply to make my art.
I feel privileged to have met this great artist!
Order of the Pope for Jos Pirkner
Jos Pirkner ist Professor, Ehrenringträger der Stadt Lienz und hat auch sonst einiges an Ehrungen erlebt. Doch ein Orden, den der Papst verleiht, übergeben durch den Salzburger Erzbischof – das war selbst für einen vielfach Ausgezeichneten ein besonderer Moment.
More information found here (in German):
XXL KUNSTMAGAZIN - JOS PIRKNER
images and quotes from articles by:
XXL – KUNSTMAGAZIN - OSTTIROL HEUTE - DOLOMITENSTADT ONLINE MAGAZINE
and the Biography from the official website of JOS PIRKNER
English translations by me.
This was also published on my Blogger (with less text).
CONVERGENCE: ART IN THE AGE OF PANDAEMONIA
This catalogue was made for the online charity show for covid frontliners.
The non-profit show is available for viewing on the DREAMS & DIVINITIES WEBSITE
Catalogue design Al Gassano / Cover design: Hector Pineda
click on the title, then on top right - icon for full screen viewing
click on the bottom for navigation and zooming pages
A video preview from Yvette Endrijautzki of Nautilus Studio
My own work in this show:
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Exhibition Opening MAGICAL DREAMS V at Browar B Culture Center February 14th 2020
Exhibition Opening MAGICAL DREAMS V at
Browar B Culture Center
Łęgska 28, 87-810 Włocławek, Poland - Map
Organized by Gallery Bator
February 14th 2020, at 18:30
Here is the Facebook Invitation:
Wernisaż wystawy "Magical dreams V"
This is a travelling show, I previously posted about
Magical Dreams V in Warsaw
which opened January 9th, 2020
Installation photos from that exhibition:
The inaugural exhibition was opened on September 7th 2019 at
Gallery Bator in Szczyrk, Poland
Photos from that opening in my Flickr Album:
This is a TRAVELLING EXHIBITION
for future dates, go to MAGICAL DREAMS V EXHIBITIONS
A Exchange of birthday greetings between Paulo Cunha and Otto Rapp
We are both fellow artists and members of the Visionary Art Network. It came to pass that I decided on the spur of the moment to visit Portugal July/August this year. When Paulo heard about it he said that he would be there at about the same time, and invited me to stay with him at the condo he owns in Lourinhã. He then showed me all the sites in the area - it was a unforgettable holiday!
When Paulo's Birthday was announced on Facebook December 10th, I put together a clone-job in Photoshop and posted it on his wall. So now he did likewise on my birthday, December 15th!
Which gets to show that aside from being accomplished artists, we are also quite good working in Photoshop.
I am happy to be a featured artist in the MINERVA ART GALLERY AND SALON in Starkville, Mississippi. I was invited to exhibit by my friend Joe MacGown, the artistic director of the gallery, whom I had worked with before on the Antipodes Project.
Tammy Carlisle - owner of Minerva Gallery and Salon - photo and logo from the Minerva Website
There will be a open House on April 11th 2019 - MINERVA OPEN HOUSE
l. to r. Joseph Harrison MacGown, Tammy Carlisle and Joe A. MacGown
photo from the Facebook event - click to visit
This Article appeared in Starkville Daily News
below are 3 screenshots from the on-line article
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My work on display
I have 3 original drawings and several giclee prints for sale
Select photos from the Facebook Page of the
MINERVA ART GALLERY - SALON
minerva catalog especially prepared for the open house
A great little gallery, and I wish them much success!
The Open House is on April 11th - but drop by anytime during business hours!
Quote from the website:
Minerva is demographically located at 203 Maxwell Street in the Cotton District of Starkville, Mississippi. The Cotton District was founded and developed by Dan Camp. The Cotton District is known for its significant use of the traditional architecture of neighborhood development practices in the 1960s. The Cotton District is a walkable neighborhood with elements of Greek Revival mixed with Classical or Victorian architecture.