The paintings shown above are out of a sequence "Nocturnals" - meaning: Often he (the artist) works after midnight again for a couple of hours. All are oil on canvas or cardboard, 20x20cm, 8x8 in.
"Notturnos" was a sequence of Frederic Chopin, so it is a little homage. All paintings are from 2012 or 2013.
Photograph of C.P. Seibt painting in his Studio - At the Isle, last spring (2014) by Robert van der Most
Bottom Photograph: The Artist with his wife Heidi at the start of their Paintings for Hope project -- still is their daily work and pleasure. By Rosemarie Richter
"I am a painter, so I paint... Everyday, seven days a week...."
Painting is my earliest memory of my second year. Now I am seventy-seven and I continue working daily and intensively. I lived in different countries of several continents and in different cultures. By biographic coincidences, the combination of different talents, interests and chances I worked in various projects, in different areas of life. The center is always my creative work as an artist. I develop my awareness, understanding and doing.
Off about 1986 I gave up most of my technical skills, methods, effects and my work became autonomously, relevant, singular. I found always sequences in simultaneous motions, directions
(or they discovered myself, of course) to my own transreale work. My topics, my projects, my
painting developes permanently. My attitude is constant: I do not arrive, I continue. I do not create a rigid brand label. I am responsible for my work, but neither their constructor nor controller, but part of these developing processes. And I work incessantly.
Models I do not have. I feel relationships however. Of the width of my interests and bringings out I am a distant cousin of the Renaissance artists, by the daily intensity of my work and my constant developing rather a relative of the creatoholics of modern art, absolutely,
My position in the art of the present: If even talking about art already is art, if everybody is an artist, if the epigonal doer is called an innovator, if everything works somehow, if everybody is a star, then all is possible, then the prices are well-known, but not the values. So is the art market.
Therefore I create my own area from classical conditions, demands on me and my attentiveness of the present. My work does not fit into the raster of the usual classifications. It is transreal: on the way, not at the end of a frozen style, connecting different realities and inviting to others, aboundance. My work points over itself outside, because it is created out of our old, deep dwells and common understandings, inviting to subjective experiencing, from which new common realities develop.
Paintings For Hope
A radical, generous and creative art project, a social sculpture, an alternative to the cynicism of the art marketplace
In the November 12 issue of The Huffington Post, professor, writer and activist Creston Davis wrote: “The project is based on Joseph Beuys' idea of a "social sculpture".
In fact, the concept of a social sculpture is a form of hope in itself: Human beings, communicating with art, change their attitude toward existence and thereby society is transformed. The raw material of a social sculpture is the interweaving of people's dreams and hopes and is expressed in the form and the process of giving and receiving. Specifically, our project "365 Paintings for Hope" takes on the form that each day, for a year, we share daily a different painting in order to stimulate hopes remembered or created for those who encounter it.
At the completion of “365 Paintings for Hope”, thousands of people will have linked their hopes to a piece of art, which in turn is also linked to the hopes of others through art. Hope is spread throughout social relations in and through art. Imagine the joy. Imagine the possibilities.
This is how it works: The painting of the day appears on our website. People in whom the painting sparks an awakening of hope write to us of their thoughts and feelings. Perhaps they want the painting simply for its beauty and this is good enough. Beauty is a primal human need. Dostoevsky believed that beauty saves the world.
Every day we hold a lottery of the people who submit their desire for a certain painting. If your name is selected, we send you the painting, wherever in the world you may be, absolutely free of charge: a profound and ancient human way to share art.
Now we are more than two thirds through the project. 240 people got their painting. Many told us how receiving this piece of art they found beautiful and which spoke to them of their hopes has brought a change in their lives. We learned that they, in turn, communicate this change to others. So the change grows and grows. We as the creators and realizers follow the process, never directing it, merely observing it and deriving deep pleasure in its evolving.
What happened until now: So many hopes. The hopes which gives art, the hope that a society can be a community, the hope, that we can create a difference, that we are the difference.
—C. Peter and Heidi Seibt