Heinz Michael Kalkbrenner

Heinz Michael Kalkbrenner

Brighton, East Sussex, United Kingdom

About Heinz Michael Kalkbrenner

I was born in Germany in the 1950s. I later studied Geophysics in Berlin, worked in scientific projects to find water in Northern Africa and did my PhD in Geophysics. Working in the Research and Development departments for geophysical contractor companies in Germany and the UK I moved to the UK in the early 1990s. Even the most creative work in science can over time get a rather one-sided effort, so much so, that I compensated by training in my spare time as a psychological counsellor and volunteered as counsellor for a drugs and alcohol agency for many years. I got married late, but nevertheless this had a positive effect on me and my wife and changed our outlook on life to new levels. After retiring early, I went to art college and then studied at the Open University for an Open BA (Hons) [2017] degree courses that had connections to human creativity, like creative writing, linguistics and art&design. I am now visual artist and designer, exhibit and sell my artworks. Future plans are to produce digital art online and to integrate visual art and creative writing in what I do.

Looking at my body of work, I notice the following characteristics that I summarise in form of an artist statement:

My art and design practices follow an abstracting process that can retain figurative elements and may have a meditative or surreal focus. I explore limits and possibilities of different materials and procedures by combining analogue and digital art production methods. I develop ideas into concepts by utilising a range of computational tools to simulate possible outcomes using printing, scanning, changing digitally and/or physically, re-printing and re-scanning until I arrive at a final artwork or design.

Three lines of artistic enquiry are dominant in my work: symbolism in nature, abstract versus nature contrast, and observational photography.

I exhibit my work since 2014 locally (Brighton Artist Open Houses, galleries) and I take part in international exhibitions.

Artworks vary in size from 4” - 4’ (10cm - 120cm) and are printed on various media like paper, acrylic or metal sheets, wood or fabric.

Education

2020 Professional Development Certificate in Graphic Design, Greater Brighton Metropolitan College, UK
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2017 Open BA degree Art & Design at the Open University, UK.
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2012 BTEC Art and Design Foundation Diploma course at the City College Brighton & Hove, UK.

Exhibitions

The Artbox.Projects World 1.0 - Artbox Gallery, Zurich 05.01.2021-30.06.2021 - and ARTSY Web

The Artbox.Projects Barcelona 1.0 - Valid World Hall (Arc de Triomf) Gallery 02.05.2021-07.05.2021 - rescheduled from last year COVID-19

Hastings Art Forum - Gallery Volunteers Exhibition, Hastings 17.03.2020-31.03.2020 - Gallery currently closed COVID-19

Hastings Art Forum - Gallery Art Sale 2020, Hastings 28.01.2020-16.02.2020

Emerging Artists 2020 - Creates Gallery, Monmouth NP253BX, 7 Church Street, 05.01.2020-09.02.2020

The Artbox.Projects Miami 2.0 - Basel Art Week 2019 - Eduardo Lira Art Gallery 02.12.2019-08.12.2019

SoCo Artists Show - RX19 - The Stade - Hastings 12.11.2019-24.11.2019

Hastings Art Forum - Group Exhibition: Black & White 15.10.2019-27.010.2019

The Maker's Fair St. Augustine Events centre - Brighton 14.09.2019

The Artbox.Projects Zürich 1.0 - Swiss Art Expo - Zürich 15.08.2019-19.08.2019

Hastings Art Forum - Group Exhibition: Chaos is a Friend of Mine 25.06.2019-07.07.2019

House one-six-nine - Artist Open Houses May 2019 Brighton 04.05.2019-26.05.2019

Hastings Art Forum - Members Show Hastings (H-R) 30.04.2019-12.05.2019

Hastings Art Forum - The Bigger Picture Exhibition Hastings 12.03.2019-03.03.2019

Hastings Art Forum - Gallery Art Sale 2019 Hastings 22.01.2019-10.02.2019

House one-six-nine - Artist Open Houses May 2018 Brighton 05.05.2018-27.05.2018

Hastings Art Forum - Members Show Hastings (A-L) 06.03.2018-18.03.2018

The Artbox.Projects New York 1.0 - Armory Art Weeks 2018 - Stricoff Gallery 05.03.2018-16.03.2018

Art Bright In July 2017 - Jubilee Library Brighton 03.07.2017-16.07.2017

Fiveways Artists - Open House Pub - Brighton 14.02.2017-14.02.2018

Artbox Project Basel 1.0 - EuroAirport Basel 14.06.2017-18.06.2017

Chevalier House - Artist Open Houses 2016 Brighton
26.11.2016-11.12.2016

36th Mini Print Cadaques in Bages (France) 19.11.2016-15.01.2017

36th Mini Print Cadaques in Pineda (Spain)
21.10.2016-06.11.2016

36th Mini Print Cadaques in Wingfield (UK)
12.08.2016-11.09.2016

Art Bright In July 2016 - Jubilee Library Brighton 30.06.2016-06.07.2016

36th Mini Print Cadaques in Cadaques (Spain) 25.06.2016-30.09.2016
Patcham Arts - Artist Open Houses 2016 Brighton 07.05.2016-29.05.2016

Chevalier House - Artist Open Houses 2016 Brighton 01.05.2016-29.05.2016

Fiveways Artists - Open House Pub - Brighton 14.02.2016-14.02.2017

35th Mini Print Cadaques in Bages (France) 14.11.2015-17.01.2016

Chevalier House - Artist Open Houses 2015 Brighton 21.11.2015-13.12.2015

35th Mini Print Cadaques in Pineda (Spain)
09.10.2015-01.11.2015

35th Mini Print Cadaques in Wingfield (UK)
25.07.2015-30.08.2015

35th Mini Print Cadaques in Cadaques (Spain) 27.06.2015-30.09.2015

Art Fair - Roffey Park 2015 - Horsham Artists Studios 10.10.2015-11.10.2015

Chevalier House - Artist Open Houses 2015 Brighton 02.05.2015-24.05.2015

Patcham Arts - Artist Open Houses 2015 Brighton 09.05.2015-24.05.2015

Pushing the Boundaries of Print - Roffey Park Institute Horsham 15.04.2015-28.06.2015

Pushing the Boundaries of Print - Museum and Art Gallery Worthing 28.02.2015-14.03.2015

Fiveways Artists - Open House Pub - Brighton 14.02.2015-14.02.2016

34th Mini Print Cadaques in Bages (France) 15.11.2014-18.01.2015

Chevalier House - Artist Open Houses 2014 Brighton 29.11.2014-14.12.2014

34th Mini Print Cadaques in Pineda (Spain) 04.10.2014-02.11.2014

34th Mini Print Cadaques in Wingfield (UK) 26.07.2014-31.08.2014

34th Mini Print Cadaques in Cadaques (Spain) 28.06.2014-30.09.2014

Patcham Arts - Artist Open Houses 2014 Brighton 09.05.2014-25.05.2014

Sussex Printmaking 21.03.2014-23.03.2014