Bernhard ADAMS

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Bernhard Adams was born in 1990 in Cologne, Germany. After school, he started his studies in "Media and Culture Science" and began to express himself visually through photography. He then switched to painting with Professor Katharina Brosse at Kunstakademie, from which he graduated as master student (Meisterschüler) in 2018. Since 2013, his works have been exhibited in Germany and abroad. The artist lives and works in Wuppertal.

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"The question 'what a picture can be' is the engine of my painting. I want to convey this driving force and provide suggestions. I do not produce propaganda, so I do not want the viewer to agree with my thoughts. I want to work, inspire, share my fascination, prompt and capture the viewers’ imagination with what I do. Painting is communication. I communicate with the world. My paintings are manifestations of my reflections and decisions. They document this communication and are supposed to initiate discussion independently of myself.

 

The first time I managed to convert my newly found inspiration into an image was when I painted “Deepfield I”. I was reading about one of the oldest visible places in the universe, displayed in the ‘Hubble ultra deep field’ photograph taken by the space telescope. A cluster of galaxies can be seen that where the individual spirals and bright clouds of stars seem to overlap at times. Growing up with the usual light pollution of a big city, such a sight was rather strange to me. I wanted to create a field of Stars, brimming with them. There is no background just stars upon stars to up to infinity."

Bernhard Adams

Bernhard Adams about his ATACAMA and Deepfield Series

"The first time I managed to convert my newly found inspiration into an image was when I painted ‘Deepfield I’. I was reading about one of the oldest visible places in the universe, displayed in the ‘Hubble ultra deep field’ photograph taken by the space telescope. A cluster of galaxies can be seen that where the individual spirals and bright clouds of stars seem to overlap at times. Growing up with the usual light pollution of a big city, such a sight was rather strange to me. I wanted to create a field of Stars, brimming with them. There is no background just stars upon stars to up to infinity.

 

I painted the first work of my ‘Atacama’-series after I had watched a speech of a german physicist. He explained that because of the quantity of stars visible in the Atacama desert its indigenous people form their constellations by connecting the black areas in the nightsky rather than the few sparkling dots that people from the Western.”