Generally, the fountain pen is known as a writing instrument. Certainly, there are some artists who draw with the pen, yet to paint with it is something special. The artist calls his artwork “fountain pen paintings” not only because he paints them with the pen, but also because their unique aesthetics can only be created with the fountain pen.
Without a preliminary drawing, the artist joins countless strokes, none bigger than 1-2 mm, according to an own system. Fountain pen painting is a ritual of artistic precision and care, performed in meditative slowness. It takes months, sometimes years, to produce a large format. The motif’s surreal aesthetic is unique. They are pictures of dynamic worlds and fantastic shapes. They evoce mystical structures from nature.
Axel Neumann works with acrylic paint. The combination is technically nonsensical because the pigments would actually clog the fountain pen. How he still manages to merge the materials remains his secret. The colours go through a multi-stage mixing act before they are applied to the cardboard.
Download his complete vita: Artist Axel Neumann 2017.pdf
In the following TV report, he enlarges on what he experienced when he locked himself in his flat and how it changed his life (unfortunately the video is only in German – sorry for that).
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