Oil on nettle, 250 x 230 cm
Rainer Fetting's large-format manitee is miles away from the themes of the picture seriess that made him famous: homoerotic pictures, portrait series, big city life in Berlin and New York, the landscapes of Brandenburg or the North Sea - which for their part are only a few elements of an almost unbelievable abundance of changing picture themes. His manitee swims detached in the shallow, still sun-drenched water, which shimmers green and yellow due to the aquatic plants. Nevertheless, it is exemplary for his painting, which brings color to the forefront as an expression of his emotions, emphasizes the light and is characterized by his typical rapid brushwork.
Rainer Fetting (*1949 in Wilhelmshaven, Germany) is one of the best-known representatives of the Neue Wilde. He studied in Berlin from 1972 to 1978 and showed his first exhibitions at the Galerie am Moritzplatz. A scholarship from the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) took him to New York in 1978, where he lived temporarily between 1983 and 1994. The stay in both metropolises - Berlin and New York - had a profound influence on him and his art, so that numerous works by Fetting take up the life in these cities. In particular, he focuses on the Berlin Wall and the peripheral zones of New York. Fetting became an equally well-known, sought-after and restless artist: Almost every year he showed large solo exhibitions in renowned galleries and museums in Europe and the USA and participated in countless group exhibitions.
Fetting's work is expressive and colorful. In addition to big-city life, he prefers to paint the male nude and, in contrast, depictions of nature and landscapes. In addition, there are portraits and figures, watercolors, works on paper and photographs. Since 1986, he has been equally successful in creating bronze sculptures. The monumental Willy Brandt statue in the Willy Brandt House in Berlin is one of his most famous sculptures - it measures an impressive 3.40 meters and weighs more than 500 kg. Today Fetting lives and works in Berlin and on Sylt island.