A mixture of exotic, ordinary, foreign, erotic, historical, actual, and archetypal

Featured Artist Josef-Peter Roemer

Where Am I - 18” x 22”, Oil on Masonite Panel, 2013 by Josef-Peter Römer
Josef-Peter Römer (Roemer) was born in Dohna, Germany which was at that time, East Germany. He showed an early interest in art, from grade school in Germany and in junior high school in the United States. He immigrated to the U.S. with his adoptive mother who had married an American Arapahoe GI stationed in Germany. At the age of seventeen Roemer joined the U.S. Marine Corps. He served four years in the infantry, including a tour in Vietnam where he was wounded in combat action.
After completing his military obligation, Roemer studied Fine Art at Evergreen State College, Washington, graduating in 1975. In his last year of school, he earned a job as an illustrator- animator for PBS under the tutelage of Robert Stocking. For the next ten years he worked as an illustrator, draftsman and animator, painting part time when time allowed.
In 1989 he was offered a position as an artist for the entertainment industry in Germany where he spent the next nine years both painting and studying sculpting with German sculptor, Ludwig Seibert. In 1998 he returned to the United States and opened a studio in southern California concentrating on his painting. In 2010 he moved to Wisconsin, where he opened his studio and continues to paint.
The artists’ broad range of life experiences are reflected in the multiple “realities” which simultaneously coexistent in his artwork. Roemer’s paintings are not visualizations or illustrations subservient to science. It’s more a matter that multiverses are not abstract concepts for the artist, who accepts the implication of Albert Einstein’s assertion: “The distinction between past, present, and future is only an illusion.” His overall compositions are jam- packed with elements that mark different places and times in his life with his consciousness as the nexus. While there may be a hint of a background and perspectival lines, these are almost there to be defied, as his mixture of exotic, ordinary, foreign, erotic, historical, actual, and archetypal snippets are scarcely contained. Assuming a panoramic point of view, Roemer puts figures where he can fit them in with scale being of no importance. His bright-colored, phantasmagoric concoctions push forward to the picture plane, creating a relationship between the two-dimensional and the three-dimensional that allows for yet more. He also makes no preliminary sketches or compositional drawings everything is painted as it comes to him right on to the canvas.
Learn more about Josef-Peter and see more work online at: www.josefpeterroemer.com

Where Am I - 18” x 22”, Oil on Masonite Panel, 2013 by Josef-Peter Römer Muses by the Blue Forest - 36” x 32”, Oil on Linen, 2016 by Josef-Peter Römer The Crossing - 64” x 64”, Oil on Linen Canvas, 2016 by Josef-Peter Römer Portrait of Kohleen Mae Lyons - 24” x 28”, Oil on Masonite Panel, 2014 by Josef-Peter Römer The Time Portal - 58” x 64”, Oil on Linen Canvas, 2016 by Josef-Peter Römer
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