Cologne Fine Art Prize 2016

With Karin Kneffels receives again an important artist the Cologne Fine Art Prize, which is awarded annually jointly by BVDG and Koelnmesse.

Cologne Fine Art laureate: Karin Kneffel | Photograph: Sven Vogel, Kö

Photograph: Sven Vogel, Cologne


Following her course of studies in Germanic studies and philosophy, Karin Kneffel undertook another programme of study in 1981 at the Academy of Art in Düsseldorf, initially in the class of a sculptor, and later with two painters. Responding to the question of what she learned from her teachers, she responded: "Joining together that which doesn't belong together" with Johannes Brus, "developing an eye for the complexion of a painting" with Norbert Tadeusz and "thinking about painting" with Gerhard Richter. This speaks to three central aspects of her painting and her artistic attitude.

Karin Kneffel has dedicated herself completely to painting. Her richly colourful watercolours and etchings appear like paintings, and some subjects even seem especially concentrated in the small format of graphic works.

The artist became especially well - known for her fruit motifs, which are found on all of her preferred image carriers. The ripe, oversized cherries, pears, berries and peaches, precisely painted with extreme delicacy, bring joy to every eye. "Everything is false! Everything is allowed!" is how Karin Kneffel concisely explains the pertinacity of image realities with a quote from Friedrich Nietzsche.

In her early works, Karin Kneffel focused on the realistic representation, while in her more recent paintings she tends to work more with different perspectives, the neutralisation of gravitation or the reflection of rooms.

The prize, endowed with 10,000 Euro, is awarded annually by the Bundesverband Deutscher Galerien und Kunsthändler (BVDG) and Koelnmesse to outstanding artists.

The Cologne Fine Art Prize 2016, which is awarded on the occasion of the AXA Art Preview of Cologne Fine Art on 16 November 2016. Hall 11.1, D40/E41