AboutGalerie Guido W. Baudach is pleased to present a series of pictures by mediumistic painter Heinrich Nüsslein (1879 - 1947) titled “Where higher beings commanded…”. The one of a kind group of typical, expressive-phantasmagorical landscape and portrait paintings by the rarely received outsider originally hails from a Berlin based collection. It is accompanied by works of a few, selected contemporary artists, whose individual approaches – in addition to their predilection for classical subjects and unconventional designs - share a certain propensity for intuitive positing with Nüsslein’s oeuvre. Among them are Gotscha Gozalishvili, Thomas Helbig, Andy Hope 1930, Erwin Kneihsl, Markus Selg and Thomas Zipp.
While Nüsslein’s occultism led him to believe that he was merely channeling inspiration from the spiritual realm in his swiftly painted oil glazes (not thinking of himself as the author of his works, he barely signed them), the contemporary artists listed above, eschew such esoteric eccentricities. Instead, they practice a rational and calculated openness towards moments of the unintentional and the motiveless as well as chance within their process; it is an openness, which they utilize for their art as a matter of course and without pathos, just as the surrealists and other modern and postmodern artists have done in the past, especially and expressly with regard to Art brut. They do so, however, without the often observed irony and smugness and instead with real professional interest and honest respect for the art of outsiders like Heinrich Nüsslein.