Born 1972, germany. from an distance glaetsch’s work is often perceived as the crisp line of drawn ink – the traditional medium for architectural studies – but approach the large-scale canvas more closely and his technique is unique. He pours the paint in a continuous flowing line onto canvas without touching it. once drawn it cannot be corrected and with exceptional coordination the artist turns the challenge of control into a liberating process. This tension between the visual grid of our worlds most renowned buildings and the liquid flow of the line gives his work a distinct vitality. the poured line intertwines-widens-narrows, and as the outline emerges onto large-scale canvases—it finally reveals a mesh of intricate detail that defines this worlds cities familiar constructs of brick and stone, glass and steel.
glaetsch has a natural eye for architecture – it has been his focus and curiosity since his early work for a steel construction firm in germany, and graduation as a qualified architect in 2003. he worked at some of the most respected practices, including the associate role for lord foster in 2004-2009, realizing large scale projects from inception to completion—giving him a profound knowledge of how structure works, an impact that can be perceived in his art.
Indeed, he continues to combine the professional roles as both architect and artist and still practices as consultant for unique conceptual architectural projects whithin the increasing demand for his art work. this symbiotic relationship of intertwining disciplines lead to a rich cross experience in both fields, influencing the approach in either direction and enabled him to reflect in his art the inherent engineering at play as well as the need for proportion and harmony, form and function. always analysing his living environment in his unique city scenes he has been at the forefront of contemporary architectural studies in paint since the early 90's.
most of his works are bold compositions of black and white, abstracting the stringent detail of the architectural form, raising awareness of their complex visual density by displaying this visible ‘back bone’. at times however, he contrasts the built matter from their surrounding context by applying bold monochromic layers of ochre yellow, cadmium red or blue hues, as a tribute to the dramatic tones of the urban sky. In turn this lends the scenes a deep sense of animation.
Over the past 22 years he has realized numerous art projects within germany, britain, south africa, australia and french polynesia’ which led to successful realizations in the united kingdom, united arabic emirates and saudi arabia. he successfully retails his work in dubai, abu dhabi, bahrain and saudi arabia, where his work is held in high esteem.