Michael Klipphahn paints boldly colored portraits of

imaginary characters. Depicted is either the individual figure or a group of subjects in different arrangements representing a subversive participation of the outsiders of an entire generation – often illustrated in disguise. Thereby historical and biological correlations of human reality emerge with ironical preciseness related to the use of pictorial patterns, advertisement and print media. In doing so he accurately defines the boundaries and problem fields of the modern knowledge society and focuses on the approach to life of the growing internet generation. In the process he always seeks – in an excessively artificial way – the moment behind the moment, the spread between occurrence and situation in order to provide a framework for reality.
The essential topics of his painting are boredom, isolation, social stereotypes as well as the mistaken idea of everyday banalities as a safety standard. Any question regarding signification and chance of grouping is revealed as the very question of the acute condition of human loneliness.

Michael Klipphahn completed his studies of painting at the Dresden Academy of Fine Arts in 2012. Being awarded with honours he became master student of Professor Ralf Kerbach. In the same year he received a scholarship of the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit. Already in 2011, the young talent, born in Riesa in 1987, participated in the exhibition „Kunststudenten stellen aus“ at the Federal-Art-Hall in Bonn.

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