Petra Rös-Nickel

Petra Rös-Nickel

Petra Rös-Nickel was born in 1963 in Wathlingen near Celle, Germany, and breaks completely new ground with her abstract forms of painting and expression. After studying fashion design at the professional school for clothing in Bremen, 1980, Petra Rös-Nickel changed her field of study to architecture in Eckernförde, 1982. Preferring the creative aspects of the studies to the technical ones, the artist developed the basics of her painting, never denying the roots of applied design and soon ending in a refreshing, distinctive modernist style.

Since Petra Rös-Nickel shapes her painting into compositional subjects, her work can be put into different categories such as “patchwork”, “windows” and “oscillating lines”. As much as the groups may differ in their visual expression, it is possible to recognize are the artist‘s distinctive compositional characteristics and methods. Petra Rös-Nickel experiments with form, along with the use of a technique that draws attention to the processes used in creating a painting. Essential is the colour space presented in multiple layers that offers the beholder access to more profound colour planes, depending on the detail. These details or scratchings and rubbings lead to various elements of tension, such as “patchwork” or harmonious-contemplative forms (“windows”).

Mostly established on large-sized tables of colours and directed towards one colour theme, the artist‘s abstract oil paintings develop an energetic impact in the space they’re displayed in, conveying her joy of life and self-confidence. Petra Rös-Nickel lives and works in Hamburg, Germany.

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