Profile

Introduction and Artist Statement

My name is Heinz Michael Kalkbrenner (HMK). I was born in Germany in the 1950s. I later studied Geophysics in Berlin, worked in scientific projects to find water in Northern Africa and did my PhD in Geophysics. Working in the Research and Development departments for geophysical contractor companies in Germany and the UK I moved to the UK in the early 1990s. Even the most creative work in science can over time get a rather one-sided effort, so much so, that I compensated by training in my spare time as a psychological counsellor and volunteered as counsellor for a drugs and alcohol agency for many years. I got married late, but nevertheless this had a positive effect on me and my wife and changed our outlook on life to new levels. After retiring early, I went to art college and then studied at the Open University for an Open BA (Hons) [2017] degree courses that had connections to human creativity, like creative writing, linguistics and art&design. I now create visual art, exhibit and sell my artworks. Future plans are to produce digital art online and to integrate visual art and creative writing in what I do.

Looking at my body of work so far, I notice the following characteristics that I summarise in form of an artist statement:

My art practice follows an abstracting process that can retain figurative elements and may have a meditative or surreal focus. I explore limits and possibilities of different materials and procedures by combining analogue and digital art production methods. I develop ideas into concepts by utilising a range of computational tools to simulate possible outcomes using printing, scanning, changing digitally and/or physically, re-printing and re-scanning until I arrive at a final artwork or design.

Three lines of artistic enquiry are dominant in my work: symbolism in nature, abstract versus nature contrast, and observational photography.

My art works vary in size from 4” - 4’ (10cm - 120cm) and are printed on various media like paper, acrylic or metal sheets, wood or fabric.



Works referenced in Books

Art in Brighton 2015 - by Alison & Torben Krog, ISBN 978-0-9928543-1-7,
Art in Brighton 2016 - by Alison & Torben Krog, ISBN 978-0-9928543-2-4,
Art in Brighton 2018 - by Alison & Torben Krog, ISBN 978-0-9928543-3-1,
Books available from Kemp Street Productions, Brighton.



Works referenced in Exhibition Catalogues

Mini Prints Cadaques 2014, 2015, 2016.


Some of the work is available online for purchase:
Standard prints at SaatchiArt.com



The images in the portfolio can be downloaded for personal use (right click, save image). The quality of the download images is 150dpi for a 6" x 6" size print (15cm x 15cm) which is good for self-printed greeting cards.


Other places to view my work:
Instagram.com.



Arts Education

  • 2020 Professional Development Certificate in Graphic Design, Greater Brighton Metropolitan College


  • 2017 BA (Hons) Open - Open University: Creativity in Language, Art & Design


  • 2012 Art & Design Foundation Diploma college course, City College Brighton & Hove




Current and Future Exhibitions - see more venue information on the links page

  • The Artbox.Projects Barcelona 1.0 - Valid World Hall (Arc de Triomf) Gallery 15.10.2020-19.10.2020 - rescheduled COVID-19

  • Hastings Art Forum - Gallery Volunteers Exhibition, Hastings 17.03.2020-31.03.2020 - Gallery currently closed COVID-19



Past Exhibitions - see more venue information on the links page


  • Hastings Art Forum - Gallery Art Sale 2020, Hastings 28.01.2020-16.02.2020

  • Emerging Artists 2020 - Creates Gallery, Monmouth NP253BX, 7 Church Street, 05.01.2020-09.02.2020

  • The Artbox.Projects Miami 2.0 - Basel Art Week 2019 - Eduardo Lira Art Gallery 02.12.2019-08.12.2019

  • SoCo Artists Show - RX19 - The Stade - Hastings 12.11.2019-24.11.2019

  • Hastings Art Forum - Group Exhibition: Black & White 15.10.2019-27.10.2019

  • The Maker's Fair St. Augustine Events centre - Brighton 14.09.2019

  • The Artbox.Projects Zürich 1.0 - Swiss Art Expo - Zürich 15.08.2019-19.08.2019

  • Hastings Art Forum - Group Exhibition: Chaos is a Friend of Mine 25.06.2019-07.07.2019

  • House one-six-nine - Artist Open Houses May 2019 Brighton 04.05.2019-26.05.2019

  • Hastings Art Forum - Members Show Hastings (H-R) 30.04.2019-12.05.2019

  • Hastings Art Forum - The Bigger Picture Exhibition Hastings 12.03.2019-03.03.2019

  • Hastings Art Forum - Gallery Art Sale 2019 Hastings 22.01.2019-10.02.2019

  • House one-six-nine - Artist Open Houses May 2018 Brighton 05.05.2018-27.05.2018

  • Hastings Art Forum - Members Show Hastings (A-L) 06.03.2018-18.03.2018

  • The Artbox.Projects New York 1.0 - Armory Art Weeks 2018 - Stricoff Gallery 05.03.2018-16.03.2018

  • Art Bright In July 2017 - Jubilee Library Brighton 03.07.2017-16.07.2017

  • The Artbox.Projects Basel 1.0 - Euroairport Basel Mulhouse Freiburg 14.06.2017-18.06.2017

  • Fiveways Artists - Open House Pub - Brighton 25.03.2017-25.03.2018

  • Chevalier House - Artist Open Houses Christmas 2016 Brighton 26.11.2016-11.12.2016

  • 36th Mini Print International of Cadaques in Bages (France) 19.11.2016-15.01.2017

  • 36th Mini Print International of Cadaques in Pineda (Spain) 21.10.2016-06.11.2016

  • 36th Mini Print International of Cadaques in Wingfield (UK) 12.08.2016-11.09.2016

  • Art Bright In July 2016 - Jubilee Library Brighton 30.06.2016-06.07.2016

  • 36th Mini Print International of Cadaques in Cadaques (Spain) 25.06.2016-30.09.2016

  • Patcham Arts - Artist Open Houses May 2016 Brighton 07.05.2016-29.05.2016

  • Chevalier House - Artist Open Houses May 2016 Brighton 01.05.2016-29.05.2016

  • Fiveways Artists - Open House Pub - Brighton 14.02.2016-25.03.2017

  • 35th Mini Print International of Cadaques in Bages (France) 14.11.2015-17.01.2016

  • Chevalier House - Artist Open Houses Christmas 2015 Brighton 21.11.2015-13.12.2015

  • 35th Mini Print International of Cadaques in Pineda (Spain) 09.10.2015-01.11.2015

  • 35th Mini Print International of Cadaques in Wingfield (UK) 25.07.2015-30.08.2015

  • 35th Mini Print International of Cadaques in Cadaques (Spain) 27.06.2015-30.09.2015

  • Chevalier House - Artist Open Houses May 2015 Brighton 02.05.2015-24.05.2015

  • Patcham Arts - Artist Open Houses May 2015 Brighton 09.05.2015-24.05.2015

  • Pushing the Boundaries of Print - Roffey Park Institute Horsham 15.04.2015-28.06.2015

  • Pushing the Boundaries of Print - Museum and Art Gallery Worthing 28.02.2015-14.03.2015

  • Fiveways Artists - Open House Pub - Brighton 14.02.2015-14.02.2016

  • 34th Mini Print International of Cadaques in Bages (France) 15.11.2014-18.01.2015

  • Chevalier House - Artist Open Houses Christmas 2014 Brighton 29.11.2014-14.12.2014

  • 34th Mini Print International of Cadaques in Pineda (Spain) 04.10.2014-02.11.2014

  • 34th Mini Print International of Cadaques in Wingfield (UK) 26.07.2014-31.08.2014

  • 34th Mini Print International of Cadaques in Cadaques (Spain) 28.06.2014-30.09.2014

  • Patcham Arts - Artist Open Houses May 2014 Brighton 09.05.2014-25.05.2014

 

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