Brought to MONOLITH’s attention by the holy grail of art blogs, Visual Melt, Wolfgang Harms is a Bavarian surrealist painter with an impeccable eye for detail. After graduating from Nürnburg Academy of Fine Arts in 1978, Harms worked as a teacher’s assistant for several years, while continuing to hone his passion for fantastical art forms. In his recent work, emphasis has been placed on murals and panel painting, which have been exhibited regularly across Western Europe during the last decade.
Harms’ work never fails to boast succulent colour palettes, which blend deep shades and muted ones to depict what MONOLITH can’t help but assume are the inner workings of the artist’s mind. They often feature the extravagant plumage of the smirking ‘Moonbird’, or the flying cape of a man playing a golden trumpet, from which otherworldly garlands of multi-hued flowers flourish to swirl around his shoulders.
Others are less fantastical, simply depicting a set of hands, or a blossoming landscape, but the intense colours and perfect lines that signify Harms’ hand in their creation is as distinctive in every image, regardless.