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*1976 in Salzburg, Austria.
Lives and works in Vienna, Austria.

t is the unconventional texture of the paintings surface of the Austrian artist Philip Mentzingen, that draws the beholders immediate attention. The artist’s work gently require a closer look and demands time to be inspected and it is their idiosyncratic texture and composition of the surface that stand out immediately. For the artist the creation process itself is essential for his works. In a long and intense procedure of applying and adding material and colour, to remove and rip it off again, Mentzingen has to maintain a certain flexibility, since his artworks are created in a balancing act between meticulousness and coincidence. Stimulated from interacting with different materials to find new forms, the artist pushes the boundaries of painting and further explores its possibilities. 


STATEMENT 

"Since I can remember my studio has been a place where paintings could be made, pondered over and critiqued. I treated it like an office where ideas, opinions and visitors would collide, tear things and remake themselves and simultaneously reduce my studio to look something like a cross examination between a wannabe Picasso and a car crash. It is only when I got to the point where I had to reject figuration and oil painting completely, that I took into consideration the effect my four little walls could have on my work. Since then my painting has more to do with transmitting a feeling rather than sending a message. The spaces in which I work and show have become the main influence and focus of my painting.

Having said this I will take the opportunity to contradict myself ever so slightly and without apology and begin by mentioning that all my paintings begin life on the floor of the studio. Employed are a plethora of nasty materials: spray paint, used canvasses and textiles, oil stick, graphite, latex, motor oil, chewing gum and a strange, thick white lacquer that shall for the moment remain unnamed. I begin with no plan and no result in my mind: priming, spraying, drawing, peeling off layers, reworking, cracking the canvas and using old shoes as paint brushes. I enjoy the fact that this evolution denies a beginning and an end. Thus, my painting has become more process and function orientated and less driven by the narrative to the extent where much of it is beyond my control which in turn leads to unexpected surprises. I like surprises. At times, there is this fight against myself, especially at the beginning, there is almost always a wrestling with the thing itself. Other days I feel like a secretary waiting for a phone call to drive an idea around in order to begin a dialogue: “Ok, move this here and glue that down”, “Stop”, “Not today buddy” or “Hang me on the wall, I want to look at myself”. I entertain this concept as an imperative to establish an unconstrained relationship between the piece and myself. The way this bond is conducted often predicts the outcome.

The space in the painting is as important as the space around it and this includes the tactile nature of the surface through which the audience can interact with the work. My goal is to impart a warm, fuzzy feeling much like stepping into a hot bathtub after a long day of overstimulation and monotonous office work. I employ quirky titles, which act as a reminder as I climb out of bed in the morning and think, “I’m not going to make it”, but then I laugh remembering all the times I felt that way." - Philip Mentzingen

There´s A Garden In Your Pocket

There´s A Garden In Your Pocket

2018, acrylic paint, oil stick, colored pencils, graphite on canvas, 120x90 cm

There´s A Garden At Your Feet

There´s A Garden At Your Feet

2018, acrylic paint, oil stick, colored pencils, graphite on canvas, 140x100 cm

Look Straight, Don´t See

Look Straight, Don´t See

2018, acrylic paint, oil stick, colored pencils, graphite on canvas, 175x135 cm

Cloud Under A Cloud

Cloud Under A Cloud

2018, acrylic paint, oil stick, colored pencils, graphite on canvas, 100x80 cm

Cuatro

Cuatro

2018, oil, lacquer, collage and paper on canvas, 51x61 cm

Testing The Limits Between Yes An No

Testing The Limits Between Yes An No

2017, oil, lacquer, string, spray paint on canvas, 220x160 cm

Concentrating On The Outside

Concentrating On The Outside

2017, oil, lacquer, string, spray paint on canvas, 200x150 cm

Lesson Learnt Wish You Well

Lesson Learnt Wish You Well

2017, oil, lacquer, string, spray paint on canvas, 240x180 cm

Black Mark

Black Mark

2017, oil, lacquer, string, spray paint on canvas, 140x100 cm

Terrible Products Become Good Ideas

Terrible Products Become Good Ideas

2017, oil, lacquer, string, spray paint on canvas, 140x100 cm

When The Sun Rises

When The Sun Rises

2018, oil, lacquer, string, spray paint on canvas, 140x100 cm

Seagulls Are Calling

Seagulls Are Calling

2018, oil, lacquer, string, spray paint on canvas 140x100 cm

Early Morning Smile

Early Morning Smile

2017, oil, lacquer, string, spray paint on canvas, 200x150 cm

She Eats Milk, She Really Loves It

She Eats Milk, She Really Loves It

2016, oil, lacquer, string, spray paint on canvas, 140x100 cm

Looks Like Dust Form Inside Here

Looks Like Dust Form Inside Here

2017, oil, lacquer, string, spray paint on canvas, 80x60 cm

The Lost Of Keeping A Secret

The Lost Of Keeping A Secret

2018, oil, lacquer, string, spray paint on canvas, 155x115 cm

From One Thought Comes Two

From One Thought Comes Two

2018, oil, lacquer, string, spray paint on canvas, 120x90 cm

Grey Surface

Grey Surface

2017, oil, lacquer, string, spray paint on canvas, 65x50 cm

Black Mirror

Black Mirror

2018, oil, lacquer, string, spray paint on canvas, 90x70 cm

Papers On And Off

Papers On And Off

2017, oil, lacquer, string, spray paint on canvas, 65x50 cm

Rakontur

Rakontur

2017, oil, lacquer, string, spray paint on canvas, 120x90 cm

When The Earth Shakes I Will Fold

When The Earth Shakes I Will Fold

2012/2018, oil, lacquer, string, spray paint on canvas, 178x137 cm

Beware Of Low Hanging

Beware Of Low Hanging

2018, oil, lacquer, string, spray paint on canvas, 40x50 cm

Making Time, Wasting Time

Making Time, Wasting Time

2018, oil, lacquer, string, spray paint on canvas, 50x60 cm

Prerry Picture

Prerry Picture

2018, Acrylic paint, oil on canvas, 92x72 cm

Gilded Cage

Gilded Cage

2018, oil, lacquer, string, spray paint on canvas, 50x40 cm

Colossal Blue Clear

Colossal Blue Clear

2018, oil, lacquer, string, spray paint on canvas, 92x72 cm

Automatic Drawing Cycle 1

Automatic Drawing Cycle 1

2018, Graphite On Paper, 80x60 cm

Automatical Drawing Cycle 2

Automatical Drawing Cycle 2

2018, Graphite on paper, 80x60 cm

All I Have Is My Smart Mouth

All I Have Is My Smart Mouth

2016, oil, lacquer, string, spray paint on canvas, 50x40 cm

A Piece Of Instinct

A Piece Of Instinct

2016, oil, lacquer, string, spray paint on canvas, 50x40 cm

© 2018-20 Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art

Mario Mauroner

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