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Turkish artist Bilge Alkor was born in Istanbul in 1936. She graduated from the Istanbul State Academy of Fine Arts in 1961. Between 1958 and 1961, she studied at the Munich Academy of Fine Arts. She pursued her study at the Roma Academy of Fine Arts between 1969 and 1971. Alkor lived in Rome (1969-1981) and Luneburg (1981-1989), where she continued to pursue her art. Since 1964, Alkor has had many solo exhibitions and has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Turkey and abroad. In 1978, Alkor was awarded second prize in the 28th Painting, Sculpture and Gravure exhibition (Piccolo Europa) in Sassoferrato. In 1996, she painted Venice Carnival, Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” on large canvasses and exhibited them with photographs. In 1997, she won an award of merit in the Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emirates. Alkor published the book “Kış Yolculuğu” (Winterreise) in 2004.
Artist’s website: www.bilgealkor.com
Born in Tasmania in 1943, Armitage studied at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology where he lectured in life drawing and portraiture during his final year. In 1967 he moved to New Zealand with his wife Ronda and took up the post of Exhibition’s Officer at Auckland City Art Gallery, curating national and international exhibitions. He has lived in the UK since 1974 where he has continued his art practice as well as illustrating many successful children’s books, authored by Ronda. Armitage has enjoyed much success, garnering respect from fellow artists and critics, and has exhibited and sold work widely, including shows in London, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Bristol, Auckland, New York and Montreal. A major exhibition of his work, spanning all disciplines, is in the planning stage for April 2020. Artist’s website: www.davidarmitage.com
American-German painter Janet Brooks Gerloff was born in Sterling, Kansas in 1947 and died in Aachen in 2008. Based in Germany since 1974, she created many series of paintings based on works of literature, most notable the “Winterreise” (1999) and the Attila József series (2005). Her paintings have been exhibited in many solo shows in Germany and internationally. She is also known for portraits of notable personalities, such as Hilde Domin, Marcel Marceau, Helmut Schmidt and August Everding. Janet also created stained-glass windows for several German churches: St. Michael in Balkhausen, St. Marien in Volkmarsen, St. Elisabeth-Stift in Herne, St. Nikolaikirche in Heisede and the Protestant Church in Aachen-Kornelimünster.
The artist was born in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1961. As a child, she attended a school that had a well-developed art department and an artistic educational style. She was also artistically supported by her father, who had a studio at home and was an architect, painter and graphic artist. After completing school, she graduated in Occupational Therapy at the University of Campinas. During her studies she dedicated herself to social work with poor Brazilian children. In 1985 she moved to Europe, first to Germany, then to the Netherlands, where she studied art therapy in Driebergen. Gabriela has lived near Basel, Switzerland since 1987. She is artistically active in the areas of book covers and graphic design, children’s book illustration, set design, altarpieces and free painting.
Artist’s website: www.farbenwort.ch
Lucy Chapman was born in the Netherlands and accompanied her family to Australia in 1950. After raising a family of three children, Lucy completed a Diploma of Visual Arts at Yallourn TAFE, followed by study of botanical art commencing in 2010 at the Royal Botanical Gardens in Melbourne. Having studied with Mali Moir, Dianne Emery and Jenny Phillips, she then attended Monash University’s Faculty of Art and Design, focusing on nature-surrealism, graduating with a Bachelor of Visual and Media Arts in 2016. Lucy has exhibited widely, including two solo exhibitions, the first of which was Poetry in Tone (2010); her second exhibition, Botanical Reflections, was the opening event for West Gippsland’s 2012 Gardivalia Festival. For this Winter Journey project Lucy has returned mainly to nature-surrealism, mixed with a dash of contemporary-abstract.
Artist’s website: www.lucychapman.com
Born in the US in 1991, Jason Cloud moved to Vienna in 2010, where he studied at the University of Vienna and the Prayner Conservatory for Music and Dramatic Arts, and began performing during his studies. As an actor he can be seen both on stage and film, and his classical music debut in a stage adaptation of Winterreise in 2018 makes him one of the youngest performers to attempt the cycle. Artist’s website: www.jasonsinclaircloud.com
As an eleven-year-old boy, I got soaking wet on a river dune, whilst looking at the world around me: over the plain of the reclaimed land to the blue band of the hills in the distance; the overflowing dykes of the Waal River in late winter. Being outside became a continuous flow of experiences to me. Water has played a major role in this as a source of change. I cycled over the dykes, ever further, up to the German border, then another barrier. I explored the piercing holes and the no-man’s land outside the dyke. I got to know the landscape as a refuge long before I wanted to paint it.
Frank Dekkers (Nijmegen 1961) is a painter, graphic artist and draftsman of mainly landscapes. Dekkers studied Graphic Design and later Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Utrecht. During his studies he followed an internship with painter Kees Bol in Heusden. In 1998, Dekkers received the Dutch Graphic Prize for his woodcuts. In 2009, Thieme Art published a monograph on his work, of which the publisher Waanders / De Kunst published a second edition in 2015. Frank Dekkers lives with his family in Ameide. His studio is situated in the floodplains along the Dutch rivers. Artist’s website: www.frankdekkers.nl
Heike Ellermann (born in 1945), has been working as a freelancer since 1982; from 1987 as an illustrator and author of childrens’ picture books with two nominations for the German Youth Literature Prize. Since 2005 she has been expanding her artistic activities with experiments in the field of photography and in the medium of ‘paper theatre’. In the area of book art, she creates original volumes in a variety of techniques and in strictly limited editions. Her 2016 book ‚Die Winterreise. Bilder von Heike Ellermann zu dem Gedichtzyklus von Wilhelm Müller‘, with its 24 illustrations, is a prime example of this work. Heike Ellermann works at her studios in Oldenburg, Germany and in Languedoc, France.
Artist’s website: www.heike-ellermann.de
Eva Frankfurther was born on 10 February 1930 in Dahlem, Berlin. The Frankfurther family fled to England in 1939 and settled in Hampstead in 1941. Eva began her artistic training at St Martin’s School of Art in 1946, aged 16. After leaving St Martin’s, she visited Italy in the summer of 1951 and soon after returning to London, moved from Hampstead to Whitechapel, where she lived for six years, before travelling to Israel in 1957. She spent eight months in Israel, and some months after her return to London, she took her own life in January 1959. “Der Leiermann” was made in May 1953 as a birthday present for Eva’s father, who loved the Winterreise song cycle. In a letter to her father, the artist explains that the apparently absent dogs in fact occupy the position of the onlooker.
© Eva Frankfurther Estate; private collection. For further information: benuricollection.org.uk
Artist’s website: www.johannes-green-fotografie.de
Austrian artist Hermann Härtel was born in Klosterneuburg, Lower Austria on 7 August 1943. He gained his diploma from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, where he followed a master class in painting in 1972. Hermann has held – or taken part in – numerous exhibitions in Germany and abroad and has been awarded several prizes and awards for his publications and book illustrations. His artworks are held in private collections, as well as in museums such as the Albertina Museum Vienna, the Museum of the 20th Century in Vienna, the Essl Collection, the Würth Collection and the Lower Austria Museum.
Artist’s website: www.hermann-haertel.wixsite.com
The artist couple Margit and Rolf Hillen live and work in the small village of Hamswehrum near Emden, East Frisia. In her studio at the Malerhaus, Margit works mainly in acrylic paints. Her subjects are broad: gesture paintings of people, animals, architecture, landscape etc. As a graphic artist, Rolf is dedicated to artistic printing techniques (etching, lithography and letterpress printing), book design, paper production and paper design. Their joint projects include “Die Winterreise” and “Die schöne Müllerin – an encounter with Wilhelm Müller and Franz Schubert in pictures by Margit and Rolf Hillen“. Another project dealt with Bedřich Smetana’s “My Fatherland / Die Moldau“. For all of these projects an art book has been published. Artists’ website: www.malerhaus-hillen.de
Jörn Kaspuhl discovered his interest in culture and art growing up in Stade, Niedersachsen in the early 80s. Inspired by the nature surrounding him while wandering apple and pear groves along the German countryside, he began to draw his own comic-style stories. In 2002, Jörn enrolled on the Illustration course at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences. By the time he graduated in 2008, he had already gained extensive experience as a freelance illustrator, working for several local and international magazine and book publications, as well as music and fashion labels. Jörn ususally works with pencil, ink and watercolor applied to paper, using the computer as a tool to combine. He currently lives in Berlin, where he is further exploring and expanding his creative path. These illustrations were made for the project Winterreise Staged. Artist’s website: www.kaspuhl.com
Born in Bovenau, Northern Germany in 1953, Ingo Kühl studied Architecture and Fine Arts at the University of the Arts Berlin. Travels in Europe, Israel, Iran. 1982 – Studio in New York. 1995 – “Artist in Residence” at the Centro Cultural São Lourenço, Algarve. 1995/96 – Picture cycle “Winterreise”. 1999 – Trip to the Baltic and Scandinavia, studio on the Lofoten. 2000 – Trip around the world: Thailand, Laos, New Zealand, South Pacific, Peru. 2001-2002 – Year-long sojourn in the South Pacific: Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Fiji, Vanuatu. 2005 – Trip to Santiago, Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego. Picture cycle “Paisajes del fin del mundo”. 2009 – Cape Horn circumnavigation – Trip to Cambodia: Temple of Angor Wat. 2010 – Sojourn in Papua New Guinea. 2012 – Second sojourn in Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. Lives in Berlin and on the North Sea island of Sylt.
Artist’s website: www.ingokuehl.com
Self-taught Dutch sculptor Thijs Kwakernaak was born in 1975. “In my first years as a sculptor I mainly researched stone: for motives, techniques and themes that are important to me. I wanted to make poems in stone. This initial period seems to have been a great try-out for the work that subsequently emerged, namely ‘the wooden’. Working with all kinds of wood is a revelation for me; a material with which I can do everything that I could not do in stone. I have learned to take my time and look, which has created a lot of space in the images. A vision has emerged in which the world for me consists of layers; a world where everything is always connected. Through these layers I want to connect with the earth, stories about her and people … “.
Artist’s website: www.thijskwakernaak.nl
Born on 20 May 1937 in Emmen, Anne Lamfers studied at the Tilburg Academy of Art, graduating in 1980. He taught arts and crafts until August 1989, after which he established himself as an artist in Stadskanaal. His work was initially primarily figurative, but from the 1970s became increasingly abstract. Reality is stylised and sometimes reduced to nearly geometric shapes and surfaces, but the original form usually remains intact. His work contains Cubist and Expressionist characteristics. Anne is mainly inspired by the landscape and the human journey of life. His work is characterised by contradictions: Light and Dark as symbolic elements that represent happiness and disaster. Music is also a great source of inspiration, with his Winterreise and Meng Jiao cycles closely related to the composers.
German soprano Charlotte “Lotte” Lehmann was born in Perleberg, Province of Brandenburg, on 27 February 1888. She studied in Berlin and made her debut at the Hamburg Opera in 1910, joining the Vienna Court Opera (later Vienna State Opera) in 1914. She emigrated to the USA in 1938 and sang at the San Francisco Opera and the Metropolitan Opera until 1945. In addition to her work in opera, Lehmann was a renowned singer of Lieder. She was also a prolific author as well as an active painter, including this series of twenty-four illustrations in tempera for each of the Winterreise Lieder. Lehmann died in 1976 in Santa Barbara, California, at the age of 88.
Gloria Loring, née Reynolds, was born into an artist’s family in 1933, the youngest of six children. 1946: studied at Camberwell School of Art. 1952: trained as SRN, painting staff, and patients whenever possible. 1958: married Francis Loring baritone. 1964: oil portrait of BKS Iyengar yoga teacher. 1971: pastel portrait of Margaret Morris, dancer. 1972: bronze bust of tenor Joseph Hislop – can be seen in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Guildhall School of Music. 1981: bronze bust of Shakespearean actor Harry Andrews. 1982: bronze bust of British composer Arnold Cooke. 1988: posthumous bronze of Joseph Hislop; commissioned by his son – can be seen in the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland. Gloria Loring works in all mediums and has exhibited in London, Devon, Kent and Spain. Artist’s website: www.glorialoringsart.co.uk
Jaap Majoor (Laren, 1941) followed his training at academies in Utrecht and Laren. He has a preference for oil paint and likes to focus on the essence of nature. He uses colors which can be experienced in the outdoors. Although some describe his work as expressionistic, Jaap sees himself primarily as a colorist. He selects colors from nature for his work and searches for the light, with which he provides a constant and intense struggle. His use of color and simplicity are characteristic of his work in which surface division and simple lines reflect his love of the French landscape. Artist’s website: www.jaapmajoor.nl
Betsy Marsch is an abstract, figure, and portrait painter specializing in oil on reacted copper substrates. She works with acids, metal and traditional media to create rich works exploring the human form and psyche with scientifically innovative techniques. Since taking her BA in painting, aesthetics and philosophy from Union University (Jackson, TN), she has established her studio in Franklin, TN while showing in solo and group exhibitions and giving talks on the practice and philosophy of art. In 2016 she attended a residency at the New York Academy of Art in Lower Manhattan, and in 2018 she studied briefly under the nihonga painter Makoto Fujimura. Betsy is a member of CIVA, American Women Artists and the Portrait Society of America. Artist’s website: www.betsymarsch.com
Artist’s website: www.ianmcculley.com
Ulrike Mětšk was born in 1947 in Potsdam. After high school, she went on to study Theology, switching to Theatre Studies in Berlin in 1971, where she trained in puppetry. During the period 1981 – 2003 she worked at the Deutsch-Sorbisches Volkstheater Bautzen as a puppeteer. In 2004, Ulrike founded a theatre group, for which she developed theatrical and prose texts. She established herself as a painter in 2006 and in 2016 created the painting cycle ‘Die Winterreise’, inspired by Schubert’s song cycle, which was exhibited in the F92 Gallery in Berlin and the Budissin Gallery in Bautzen.
Cora Moret (1959, the Netherlands) studied philosophy and art in Amsterdam. She started her ‘Winterreise’ series in the extreme winter of 2012 during a residency in the country. Her paintings and drawings are taken from daily life and situated in the present time. Her ‘Reise’ is a search for imagination. Feelings that are evoked by the lyrics, feelings of love, sadness, pain and loneliness are represented in wide and open landscapes. In the cold and silence, desire awaits. Is it the desire to say goodbye or is it the yearning and lust for new life, to come along and join the Leiermann in singing a song? Cora lives and works in Rotterdam. Artist’s website: www.coramoret.nl
Chisha Paszczyk is an American artist living in Russia with a background in contemporary art and jewellery design. Chisha is currently studying traditional approaches to art and dance in central Russia and actively incorporating them into her work, which places particular emphasis on storyline, while remaining free in methods of expression, which include pencil, ink, oils and water colour. Chisha is working on an up and coming exhibition of her works that will be compiled into a book by 2021, an exploration of dreams.
Inken Stabell (Berlin, 1996) is a German fine artist and illustrator proficient in both modern and classical techniques of drawing and painting, including watercolour, etching, charcoal and oil paint. Having specialised in moody and melancholic scenery, the landscapes and seascapes form a consistent body of work which is inspired by memories and the emotional connection between human and nature. The Winterreise illustrations are DIN A3 sized etchings focusing on atmosphere and scenery. Inken’s Winterreise is a work in progress; the artist expects to complete the project during the course of 2020.
Artist’s website: www.inkenstabell.com
Illustrations, installations and figurative paintings: Marjolein Tönis can turn her hand to anything. After teacher-training college, she completed a graphic programme at Artibus and a degree in drawing. Marjolein combined her job as a teacher with raising four children and with her creative work. She believes it is very important to make young people aware of what art is by challenging them. What Marjolein especially wants to do is tell stories. She has published two books in-house: ‘On Bling-Bling, Greed and Motherly Love’ (2010) and ‘The Cookie Monster’ (2012). She has also made video reports, amongst which ‘The Fly, the Light and the Girl with the Pearl‘. ‘Winterreise’ is a book representing the song cycle’s texts: despair, loss and unfulfilled desire and contemplations on the winter of life. Artist’s website: www.marjoleintonis.nl
Originally a painter (Slade 1969-1973) I have made Artists Books for over 20 years, using woodcuts, collagraphs and drypoint techniques for codex format, concertina, and tunnel books, carousels and installations. Some are very large with woodcut texts. I often collaborate with poet James Simpson. My work is in individual and public collections across the UK, Europe, and USA, including V&A National Art Library, British Library, Tate, over 30 USA University Library special collections and Library of Congress and I show regularly at the Oxford Fine Press Fair. You can view Winterreise at the British Library on request – General Reference Collection HS.74/1851. You can follow up-to-date information about my projects and pictures of recent books and exhibitions on http://carolyntrantparvenu.blogspot.com and get in touch via the comments button there. For older work view www.thepf.co.uk/carolyn.
Artist’s website: www.thepf.co.uk/carolyn
Jan Siebo Uffen was born in 1942 in the Netherlands, in the province of Groningen. He writes in the Low Saxon language of that part of the country, producing stories, poems, songs and theatre pieces. He worked at the local teacher training college as a language specialist. One of his friends, Henk Scholte, suggested ‘Winterreise’ to Jan Siebo. He inquired after a fortnight if it was ready yet. Jan Siebo started the project in December 1995; he completed it in 2005. Henk Smit (bass-baritone) and Stanley Hoogland (pianist) recorded ‘Winterraaize’ in 2010. A second musical piece – a ‘Chassidic’ classical composition focusing on Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman, with songs by Uffen – appeared recently on DVD.
Renée Wolters … Balance of body and mind. I like to observe and image every human’s story. A story that is told in words, or one that is a burden to the body. Preserving these stories in paint, chalk or ink is of course subject to interpretation, coloured and formed by its own dynamics. On the one hand my work is exuberant, breaking out of its mould, and at the same time very intense and close. Fast, intuitive, I am often ahead of planning and rationale. Renée was born in Groningen, the Netherlands. During her medical studies, art looms in the background. Only later, after specializing in psychiatry, painting and drawing become as important as medicine. She advanced her education in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Utrecht. She frequently exhibits in the Netherlands and abroad.
Artist’s website: www.reneewolters.nl
As a graduate of ecology and behaviour it is unsurprising that recent work delves into the physical world of human identity. Working with scientists, care workers and residents of care homes Dementia pronouns: matter of identity is a body of work inspired by dementia. With a lifelong commitment to the language of mark making, I draw with and alongside others, on walls, paper and the landscape itself, using all my senses to deepen engagement with my subject. Previous work includes: drawing with musicians Robert Lloyd and Julius Drake: A Winter’s Journey; Keith Tippet’s Mujucian creating Rare Music; Paul Robertson of Medici Quartet: Dances with Bach. Current work explores care by engaging with social services and aerial circus artists. Artist’s website: www.pipwoolf.com