© Klaus Dobrunz
Klaus Dobrunz, born in Höxter in 1962, studied visual communication at the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences from 1984 to 1989 and painting and sculpture at the Düsseldorf Art Academy for four additional years. From 1987 to 2001 he was also a teacher of drawing, painting, design and sculpture. After spending several years in Sweden, where he also worked as an art teacher, he lives in Bielefeld since 2004.
As usual in classical expressionism, Klaus Dobrunz wants to present his own experience to the viewer. His oil paintings and wooden sculptures express subjective emotions. The persons portrayed wander through a reduction of motifs and a concentration on characteristic elements of forms, which is the intention of Dobrunz. In Dobrunz‘ works it is important to the artist not to reproduce the impressions of the scenery shown true to reality. Rather, Dobrunz lets us participate in his feelings and interpretations.
His oil paintings at the train station, a street corner or in the pedestrian zone show everyday situations as Dobrunz experiences them. Fast-moving on the one hand, waiting on the other. Some faces are sharp, while others disappear in the anonymity of the mass. Following one of the most famous expressionists, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Dobrunz shows the experience from the point of view, but with his very own style, passing the border to abstraction.
Klaus Dobrunz’s sculptures consistently continue the theme he follows with his canvas works. The installations, made from one piece, seem like anonymous codes of our world today. Complexly designed, they show people in everyday situations and poses. The viewer himself can interpret the context.