tHE Lorenz Gelpke ARt ROOM
"The emotion of the inner part of the heart" is expressed as it is on the theme of the pain that people bring to live in modern society .
It expresses the deep emotions that people cannot express on the surface, and the emotions that falsely cover their feelings with their original expressive power.
Lorenz Gelpke was born in Düsseldorf, Germany and moved with his family to Zurich, Switzerland when he was two years old. He grew up in Zurich while regularly visiting his German hometown as well as the family house in Liguria, Italy.
Spending a lot of time in those three places left a lasting impression on him. While he still considers himself to be German, it would be even more accurate to say that he holds some kind of national trinity within himself.
Lorenz was drawing as long as he can remember. Producing art is the most natural thing for him next to going for dreamy walks. As he grew older and left his beautiful childhood he became more and more aware of how hard it is for him to feel truly comfortable in this world.
Never having experienced something really terrible happening to himself, he felt even more shocked when he found out how common it was for humans to have disturbing life experiences. Through reading plenty of history as well as listening to what happened to people around him, he realized this world can hardly be more than a layover for him.
His deep desire for true beauty and trust made our world feel largely insufficient for him. So only his art kept him going. Materializing his feelings into paintings and showing them to others became the source of hope for him. The window through which with a painful heart we can still see somewhere worth belonging to. And hopefully one day even reach there.
So far his artistic activity gave Lorenz an art scholarship in 2016 organized by the City of Zurich. The same year he sold a few of his paintings to the Art Collection of Zurich. He could stay in a studio in Paris for one year. In 2018 he was part of a group exhibition at the Haus Für Kunst Uri in Switzerland. At the moment Lorenz lives in Tokyo and might stay there for a longer time, if destiny wishes so.
Natur – Zwischen Sehnsucht Und WirklichkeitHaus für Kunst UriAltdorfSwitzerland
Werk- und Atelierstipendien der Stadt Zürich 2016Helmhaus ZürichZurichSwitzerland