The creation process of the image

The artist John Schmitz was born in Munich in 1969. In 1995 he dedicated himself to a 4-year study of nude drawing. In 2014 he finished his studies in fine arts at the Faber-Castell Academy after 5 years. Until 2017 he completed postgraduate studies in fine arts and attended a master class. John Schmitz lives and works in Tachterting.

His works

Since 2011, this particular artist has devoted himself to an interesting series, which to date includes numerous sheets. The theme of this series is mainly concerned with temporality and the process of creation of the image. In doing so, John Schmitz uses the motif of a lying eight, which he strings together again and again in a continuous strand. The viewer is left with plenty of room for interpretation, as it remains unclear whether the artist meant a lying eight or the sign for infinity. What is clear, however, is that these works are something special. When viewed from a distance, the picture appears as a unity. Thus, the drawing here seems more as if it consisted of connected lines of text, or seismographic recordings. It is only on closer inspection that the individual motif, the figure of eight, can be discerned. For the viewer, however, both perspectives are significant. With his works, Schmitz illustrates the special connection between detailed representation and the work of art as a unity.

His procedure

John Schmitz uses only a few painting utensils such as pencil, pen and ink. Nevertheless, his artworks are always different and all exhibit a different dynamic. Thus, not only the temporality as such is in the center of the artwork, but also the process of creating the painting flows into it. The strength of the imprint, the ink color and the density, as well as the artist's own state of mind contribute significantly to the structure of the picture. This makes each of his artworks unique.


We show how to properly mount and secure large paper works like this in a picture frame in a post in the knowledge section . The paper work is mounted free-floating with T-folds in a Distance magnetic frame. In this way the structure and the special edges of the picture are shown to their best advantage.