Karl Winkler – An Unassuming Austrian Painter With A Swirl Of All Existing Colours

Our little one will only listen to classical music. This began when he was about four months old.

His dad played him a piece from Mozart and he was hooked.

He usually listens to Mozart and Strauss, at times other composers with complex classical music, and has a special love for the sound of the violin.

Through my son, I am falling more in love with classical music, which is how I discovered the beauty of the Bolero. It’s repetitive nature is so soothing.

Although classical music, dance, painting, drawing, sculpting or crafts may not be your thing, you can still find a certain level of interest, imagination and fascination in any of these areas.

This brings me to what my post is about.

On Saturday, we attended a vernissage in a town called Krems an der Donau, which is home to Austria’s smallest gallery “Klein Amsterdam”  (Little Amsterdam).

From August 5 – September 2 the gallery is featuring paintings by Austrian painter Karl Winkler.

Die rätselhaften Puzzlesteine eines Deja Vu von einer einsamen Seele - The mysterious puzzles of a Deja Vu from a lonely soulDie rätselhaften Puzzlesteine eines Deja Vu von einer einsamen Seele – The mysterious puzzles of a Deja Vu from a lonely soul

This is the third time we have attended an event featuring his amazing paintings and work.

In case you are not familiar with the terminology, a vernissage is a term used for a preview of an art exhibition, which may be private, before the formal opening.

‘Painting is self-discovery. Every good artist paints what he is.’ Jackson PollockClick To Tweet

As we live in an increasingly diverse society, it is important to recognize the choices an artist makes in their work.

Doing so will help us understand the artist’s interpretation of reality or gain insight into their thoughts and imagination.

Karl Winkler is an Austrian painter from Wiener Neustadt who also runs the Facebook group and page, Punk Paint Kitchen.

Karl describes himself as a punk in his mind, a rock ‘n roller at heart, and in his soul, a painter.

Der Bruchteil einer Millisekunde eines Traums - The fraction of a millisecond of a dream.Der Bruchteil einer Millisekunde eines Traums – The fraction of a millisecond of a dream.

I love attending art exhibitions and vernissages because art must be experienced in person is to truly get a sense of its magnitude.

Seeing how a work of art hangs or is displayed next to or near other works of art gives you a better perspective to interpret art in your own way.

‘Art, freedom and creativity will change society faster than politics.’ Victor PinchukClick To Tweet

The evening was great. Karl showcased 11 paintings in total.

His work is inspired and influenced by the famous Salvador Dali,  a prominent Spanish surrealist painter.

Dali’s eccentric nature made him the most prominent representative of the Surrealist movement.

“The Persistence of Memory” is his most famous work.

Painting Helps Create Harmony Between The Heart And Mind

Karl Winkler The fatal sin of human touchThe fatal sin of human touch.

If you open yourself up to art, you allow a world of creativity to transform you as a human being.  I’m not kidding.
Art can make you smarter, sharper, freer, more tolerant and creative.

I encourage anyone to visit a gallery or even a museum if you can find the time.

You’ll see how your thoughts and perspectives may change.

Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision. Salvador Dali

Unfortunately, nowadays, many schools lack arts education, and artwork is a form of both creativity and therapy.

A way of expressing your individuality without the use of words.

Different forms of art can be used to help people understand that they don’t have to accept everything that is around them as fact but to start to see things differently, opening their mind to another perspective.

Painting is an individual activity in which you enter your own world, a world full of possibilities.

Your creative mind allows you to positively isolate from reality and express yourself on your easel.

Painters can immerse themselves into hours and hours of strong concentration, removing themselves from their surroundings.

It is almost like entering another dimension without leaving our body.

More From Karl Winkler’s Vernissage

Gallery owner Herbert Katinger (left) with Austrian Painter Karl Winkler (right)Gallery owner Herbert Katinger (left) with Austrian Painter Karl Winkler (right)

Here are some of my favourites from the Karl Winkler collection


Each one of these paintings are available for purchase and can be shipped worldwide. We have two of his paintings in our home.

If you are interested, please send Karl a message here. Contact Karl 

Karl Winkler Paranoid tree house with viewParanoid tree house with view.

Are ready to unleash your own creative juices?

Being around art and in the company of creative people makes YOU more creative.

Art makes us more human; it helps us to communicate in a different, personal language.

I hope you enjoyed Karl’s artwork and could find a story in any one of his paintings.

To see more of Karl’s work and show support, you can visit his page Punk Paint Kitchen.

Don’t worry that the page is in German, all posts have a translation button to read the text in English.

Do you paint, do pottery, dance, or any other form of art?

Which one of Karl’s paintings stood out for you and why? I am sure he would be delighted to read your feedback.

Share them with us in the comments section below.

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Read the full original post here authored by Sheri Leinfellner. You can visit her blog here.

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