Gallery of Paintings

Berlin Painter Michael Weiss


The Berlin painter's works are seemingly abstract, his paintings look as though they have come spontaneously to life, casually thrown together with a few brush strokes, direct from a memory.

He who knows the Berlin painter Michael Weiss, knows there is a longer process behind. First, the choice of motif is very considered; the artist often cogitates long and hard before committing a few strokes to canvas or board to sketch out initial outlines before applying colour with much stronger strokes of the brush. The colour is precisely chosen, the pastes/paints mixed until exactly the right tone is achieved to suit the then mood of the painting.

Then Michael Weiss spreads the paint mixture with a spatula, runs his fingers across the painting, draws out new contours, which, after careful consideration, are again worked with the spatula, spread and underscored with the paintbrush. Contours disappear, flat surfaces sacrificed, colour run into neighbouring colour - colours, which earlier were just coloured surfaces stand out now and a new painting emerges time and time again.

Do Michael Weiss's paintings form a series? The artist does paint a series but he does not set out to create one. He paints a theme until the idea is exhausted, until everything he has in his head is expressed on canvas. In this way each painting stands alone, distinct from other paintings, with its own character, though sometimes redolent of another.

Time is not a factor. Whether in a few days or over several weeks, the painting must end up as a coherent whole. The colours, the brush and spatula strokes, all combine to create a definite mood, an association with a landscape,the suggestion of a tree - the observer of the picture seeks to find out what the colours and painting process bring to his mind.

Michael Weiss does not aim for realistic representation. In few of his works can one immediately pick out trees, mountains, fields, mist. Mostly we see only colours and brushstrokes. It is our imagination that detects trees, mountains, fields or beach because the colours invite us there; because the yellow suggests a field of flowering rape,because the grey in most of the painting appears like mist,because the brushstrokes remind us of a range of hills or a strip of woodland.

On the canvas, plywood or cardboard is an accumulation of coloured flecks which relate to each other. However it is in our head that the painting first comes to life - when we allow ourselves to wander visually through it, when we take the time to allow our eyes slowly to absorb it.

Michael Weiss paints in large, medium and small format but the paintings are always large/bold. Quite small paintings work as well as they would if they were larger - and they could hold their own in large company.

Text:  Arnold Müller, Berlin 2012


Gallery of selected paintings by the Berlin artist

Studio Visit to the Berlin Painter