Inside The Studio: Peter Vahlefeld (Germany)

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Favorite materials to work with?
Oil paints, digital technologies (such as the desktop computer, scanner, and inkjet printer) as well as art magazine advertisements, and pages torn from museum catalogues and fine art auction catalogues.

Where is your studio?
My headquarters are in Berlin and I have another smaller studio in Munich.

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What themes do you pursue?
Instead of creating new forms out of unedited “raw” material, I prefer to work with printed media as a raw material that is already carrying a certain cultural currency. The logo has an aura of propaganda that interests me. An overall theme is the art market with all its marketing strategies. As a technique I am interested in the mediatization of paintings and that the paint remains constant in the artwork both as a material and as a representation of itself.

Prefer to work with music or in silence?
I prefer to work with music. Right now my favorites are John Zorn, Defunkt, Tuxedomoon, and LCD Soundsystem.

Studio

Where can we find you outside the studio?  
In hotels, bars, restaurants, and galleries.

What’s around the corner from your place?
My studio is in the Kreuzberg neighborhood, so the vibe there is very original and authentic Berlin. To name just a few: opposite my studio is a tiny vodka distillery, then walking toward the river spree is Club der Visionäre, a very nice hangout bar directly at the river, and opposite you’ll find a funky nightclub, Le Chalet.

At work

Art school or self-taught?
I hold a BFA from Parsons and the New School of Design.

Day job?
Painting in either one of my studios.

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What do you collect?
Museum shop merchandise.

Favorite contemporary artist?  
I like the recycling strategies of Andy Warhol and picture generation artists like Richard Prince and Sherrie Levine… and Christopher Wool.

Materials

Is painting dead?  
Not at all. If it were dead, the question would be how did it die, or who killed it!

If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
Francisco de Goya’s “El Quitasol.”

Sketch

Favorite brush?
My Epson printer.

Monet or Manet?
Money.

Koons or Hirst?
Monet.

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18 Comments

  1. LOVE YOUR BROOM BRUSH, I’ll have to give that a go myself I hope you don’t mind. My favourite brush at the moment is a rubber basting brush. Absolutely love your work and style, totally inspirational. I love painting with my canvas horizontal also. Happy Xmas, regards kate

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  2. Irena says:

    Love your work Peter !!!
    Regards,
    Irena

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  3. I really enjoyed your interview! you seem to have so much fun painting!!! the rules of the game are playing !!! Congratulations!

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  4. Stefanie says:

    Gorgeous work!
    Stay young at mind, eye and heart…;)

    Stefanie

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  5. Ulrike says:

    Höllische Bilder!! I enjoy watching you work and I enjoy looking at your paintings every day! Can’t wait to see what comes next! Kisses, Uli xx

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  6. Claudius says:

    juicy and fresh colours – awesome duct!

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  7. Richard Hultin says:

    I especially like the shots of you and inside your studio.

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  8. What a great interview and photos!! Inspiring!!

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  9. “Monet or Manet?
    Money.
    Koons or Hirst?
    Monet.”

    brilliant! :D :D :D :D LOL

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  10. Joy Moore says:

    Great work, love the colour and the energy. It’s inspiring. Marry Christmas

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  11. Joy Moore says:

    whoops. I mean Merry Christmas!

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  12. Pamela Gatens says:

    Great work – your color placement is perfect!

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  13. Alice Karow says:

    Beautiful color sensibility!

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  14. irmin says:

    well done, pit!!!!

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  15. Your answers made me laugh! I think we speak the same color in painting. I call mine FABRICS.

    Ilda Va

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  16. Gutsy work. Love the color. Bravo!

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