Arab Spring Gregor Hiltner

Acrylic on Canvas
51 × 75 inches
129.5 × 190.5 cm
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Inspired by drawings made by children, Hiltner has created a chaotic narrative of surreal figures and animals drawn in red acrylic across an expanse of raw canvas in this over 6 feet wide painting. A central palm tree in red outline with black leaves divides the pyramidal composition that is completed with select sections painted in with red and periwinkle. The sky is brushed, bright yellow. The work is aptly titled referring to a series of protests that occurred in the Middle East and North Africa that began in 2010 and became known as the Arab Spring. Gregor Hiltner (b. 1950, Nu¨rnberg) studied from 1970-1978 at the Academy of fine arts in Munich with Karl Fred Dahmen, as well as at the Academy of fine arts in Nuremberg as a master student of Ernst Weil. He earned his reputation while studying as a counter being in the Nuremberg artist pub Gregor Samsa. He undertook study trips, for example from 1975-1976 he went on a fourteen-month stay in the Middle East (Syria, Jordan, Israel), in 1979 he spent six months in Polynesia and Micronesia, and in 1980/81, with a scholarship of the German Academic Exchange service (DAAD), Hiltner went to London, Brazil, Tuscany, Canada, as well as in the United States. In addition to his worldwide exhibitions, he has also produced public commissions, the design for the Metro station Rathenauplatz, and in 1996 the longest image of of Germany (220 × 2 metres) in the EuromedClinic, Fu¨rth.

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