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Surrealist Portraiture – Five Paintings by Almut Heise

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Almut Heise is a contemporary German painter whose portraiture blends elements of the surrealist masters of the 1930’s with her own strikingly unique vision. She has been teaching art, in Germany as a professor, for almost 30 years.  What I like most about these particular paintings is how much they confirm my feelings about artists in my age cohort (I was born in 1941) in Germany.  They’re as uncompromising as Baader meinhoff; as direct as Joseph K’s arrest one fine morning; and as hard as industrial diamonds.    

There follows a brief biography of Ms. Heise at artnet’s Artist Works Catalogues and five of her portraiture paintings there.

“1944: Born in Celle, Germany. 

1965-1967: Studies painting with Günter König and Klaus-Jürgen Fischer at the staatl. Hochschulinstitut für Kunst und Werkerziehung in Mainz, Germany.  

1967-1970: Studies painting in Hamburg at …the…Hochschule der Künste with Gotthard Graubner, Paul Wunderlich, Allen Jones and David Hockney.

1970-1971:  Studies painting in London at the Royal College of Art with Peter Blake. 

1971-1972:  Scholarship in London, United Kingdom. 

1975:  (Receives the) Edwin-Scharff-Prize (in) Hamburg. 

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1978-1979: Artist in residence at Villa Massimo, Rome, Italy. 

1978-2005:  Teaches as professor at the Fachhochschule Hamburg, Fachbereich Gestaltung. 

1989: Becomes member of the Freie Akademie der Künste, Hamburg, Germany. 

2000:  (Receives the) Kunst (prize) Finkenwerden. 

Currently:  Lives in Hamburg, Germany.”

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A Man in a Kimono (1990)




Grosse Restaurant Scene 1 (1988)




Grosse Museum Scene (1989)




Lisa & Imme (1986)




Mr. and Mrs. Gallwitz (1971)




(Words in quotations and the images above are courtesy of the artist, and of artnet and its Artist Works Catalogues; to go there, click here.  At its AWC, there is this: “artnet offers these catalogues free to the public as an educational resource. Simply click on an individual artist's image to begin, and check back often to browse new catalogues.”)  


I have a law degree (Stanford, 66') but have never practiced. Instead, from 1967 through 1977, I tried to contribute to the revolution in America. As unsuccessful as everyone else over that decade, in 1978 I went to work for the U.S. Forest (more...)

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Glloyd, do you know that surrealism was practiced ... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Mar 9, 2009 at 8:22:46 AM
Do you have an artist's name I can find at Wik... by GLloyd Rowsey on Monday, Mar 9, 2009 at 9:18:37 AM
but I guess you can contact  Wadsworth Athene... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Mar 9, 2009 at 2:43:19 PM