I love those who yearn the impossible.

Background Story
Fountain pen painting is a tribute to aesthetics and the emotional impact of colours. Its motifs result from an emotional borderline situation to which the artist experienced deliberately. But more on this will follow later. Let’s begin with its workmanship:

At that time, Axel was not aware of what might be so spectacular about using the fountain pen with acrylic paint. Not till experts did not believe him, he realized that he succeeded to expand the limits of the possible. According to research, even today he is the only artist in the world using this tool combination.

But before we attach too much value to the technique, we present you the protagonists of this new art: the fountain pen paintings.

A collector described fountain pen paintings as “portraits of living creatures". This was a description we liked a lot. It isn’t easy to describe the motifs delicate dynamics. Maybe they could be referred to as imaginative colour compositions full of unusually soft colour gradients?

But to be honest, does it really matter what kind of motifs they are? The only important factor is what YOU see in them. You are the true protagonist of Axels art, since your imagination brings his motifs to life.

Wer malt schon mit Füller und Tinte? Da mag es den einen oder andern Zeichner geben. Die Tinte dann aber durch Acrylfarbe zu ersetzen, ist ein Geniestreich, dessen Ergebnis wir eigentlich nur bestaunen können.
So beschrieb der Journalist H.P. Lichtwald 1996 die Pionierleistung der Füllermalerei.

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