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Hypnosis paintings Adolf Bierbrauer

Adolf Bierbrauer (* July 26, 1915 in Düsseldorf - September 2, 2012 in Ratingen) was a German conceptual artist, painter and sculpturer. He is known for his "hypnosis paintings" and somnambulistic paintings as well as for his sculptures
Bierbrauer's key works are his hypnosis pictures from the early 1950s and his somnambulistic works created in the last five decades, as well as his sculptures out of different materials.
The focus of his work is the human being. In his the early work pure representations of people, such as portraits and nudes can be found. As he approached in the course of his activities as an artist, physician and psychotherapist, the hidden content of the human psyche determined his works.
Bierbrauer painted the hypnosis images after stories and pictures from his patients in trance. They were created after the end of World War II created until the early 1950s. The images based on Bierbrauers knowledge to find ways to help patients to developed their experiences through war and personal past traumas to free the hypnosis and the narration behind their images, in which he told these pictures were painted for the patients, in order to discuss connected with them. Like this, Bierbrauers were not only able to help his patients, but to make entirely new works of art through the assistance of the patient. In his understanding the artist can be a healer of the sick individual in the society. With these works he had been one of the pioneers of the conceptual art of the sixties in Europe.

For Bierbrauer, since the late 1960s somnambulistic work has many parallels to works by informal artists as Emilio Vedova and Emil Schumacher. Their technique and way of expression are comparable also to the works of the abstract expressionism as by Jackson Pollock or Jean-Michel Basquiat. Bierbrauer, trained by the hypnosis of his patients, began in this period to abstract from the patient's images and now betook himself into a somnambulistic, in a daydream-like state in order to access as an artist to his very own self. These images he created until the end of his life, impressed by the interaction between the "incorporation" of others in the interplay with the search for his own identity.

Also noteworthy are his sculptures captivate already started in the 1950s and to this day by their expressiveness and their ingenuity and their own design language and title determination. In his bronze figures such as the elephantine tantrum from 2001 he used an expressive free, unbound to the concrete form design, which received its informal expression which is increased by the titles-finding. They appear as trash-like sculptures, mostly composed of material remains , connected with glue, metal wires and tinfoil.Wikipedia

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