Oil on canvas, 232 x 158 cm
Fetting is not only an accurate painter of the urban jungle, but also - in apparent contrast - of natural landscapes. Since the mid-1980s, he found his way to this series of motifs, which he saw as the antithesis of the fast-paced, nervous metropolitan ambience. "I saw the rapeseed fields in the Mark Brandenburg for the first time after the Wall fell," Fetting said in "Die Welt" on December 13, 1999. Suddenly Berlin had a surrounding countryside, you could travel freely, and the bright yellow vastness impressed him very much. It never let him go: He regularly went to Karwe in the Ruppiner Land in Brandenburg to paint a series of rapeseed field pictures. These show undulating fields in large format and intense colors, in which the boundaries between abstraction and lifelike representation become blurred. Other works by Fetting in the series of natural landscapes depict the North German coastal region or scenes on the Hudson river (USA).
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.