“A painting should resonate and be imbued with an inner glow.”
The love of art and the need to express myself through colours and compositions have always accompanied me. Photographs, nature drawings, nude and portrait painting developed while training as a textile and design engineer have helped me develop a handwriting that is as precise artistically as it is sound on an artisanal level. Like many artists of the 20th and 21st century, I have turned from figurative painting first to collage and then to abstraction.
I reduce to the essential: shapes and the substance of colours. My means of expression are surface structures and textures, strong contrasts, at times expressive colour choices and play with colour surfaces that partly conceal, partly reveal what lies beneath. In order for the complexity and optical depth of the paintings to become perceptible, parts of the canvas remain open. To apply layers, I use paintbrushes and palette knives, oil crayons, pencil and pigments.
Travelling is my source of inspiration: I am guided by memories of a place’s colours, its nature, particular patterns of light and shadow. My artistic practice is a painted response to the disrespect of the environment and the fast pace of the increasingly digitalized world; an expression of my desire that we develop respect for the surrounding world and that we recognize the urgency of a sustainable protection of nature. The paintings’ titles refer to those sources of inspiration, subject areas and concerns. More importantly, though, my colour worlds are meant to invite viewers to go on a sensuous journey of discovery and to inspire thoughts and ideas of their own.
Sonja Kalb, 2021
Current & Upcoming
art3f. Salon international d'art contemporain
26. – 28. November 2021
Friday 16–22 Uhr
Saturday 10–20 Uhr
Sunday 10–19 Uhr
Galerie Monat, Madrid
Brussels Expo - Palais 1
Place de Belgique 1
27 September – 5 Oktober 2022
Opening on 27 September 2022
Metropolitan Art Museum
8-36 Uenokoen,Taito City
We Contemporary Art Show
19 – 21 June 2021
Opening on 19 June 2021 at 6 pm
10 November 2020 – 9 Januar 2021
Galerie Kellermann (Oberkassel)