The most frequent question that we are asked is: "How has this been painted?"
The artworks meticulous precision amazes. The larger the formats, the more complex the motifs are. Above all when one knows that this special fountain pen technique does not allow any corrections. One wrong stroke can ruin the painting. To work precisely at the first try, Axel should not only fully master his craft, but he also should exactly know before starting to paint what the painting will finally look like.
As a matter of fact, Axel sees his art through his inner eye, and “simply” copies it from his mind. Hence, there is nothing improvised in his art.
But where do these motifs come from? They have always been there, the artist says. He just needed a special experience of the mind to re-perceive them. This occurred about 20 years ago, when he locked himself in his completely darkened flat for three weeks. In the following TV report, he enlarges on what he experienced in this extreme situation and how it changed his life (unfortunately the video is only in German – sorry for that).
Besides, this intensive kind of introspection or meditation was a regular practice in the antiquity. People used this technique to find answers to important, vital issues or to cure severe diseases. They called it incubation or „temple sleep“. At that time, people interpreted the ideas, visions and feelings which were evoked by the deep immersion into their own subconsciousness as the conversation with the gods. Click here to read more about his incubation.
This feature is a live recording of the German TV station NDR. It was broadcasted in August 2012 in preparation of an art show, which his lovely fellow actress Cosma Shiva Hagen – the daughter of the singer Nina Hagen – organized for him.
Length: approx. 16 Minutes
Axel Neumann will leave an impact on the art of the 21st century.
Albert G., collector, Switzerland