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|The Nation, Friday August 9,2002 |
by Ken Ywin
lightness of lacquer
Joachim Haupt's unique works are seldom seen in the international art world, which is precisely why art lovers should head for the Silom Galleria, where 90 paintings are on display until August 18.
Born in Berlin and currently residing in Laguna Beach, California, Haupt is well known throughout the world for the modern abstract mixed media technique he developed.
He is a self-taught artist who originally worked with water-colors, but having learned the secrets of lacquer while in Japan, the artist saw its potential. Although time-consuming because of the meticulous dedication required, the results are truly unique.
Perhaps because he is self-taught, Haupt is able to bring a freedom and innovation to an ancient method practiced by Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese artists with bold, expressive and quick-fire brushstrokes.
Called lacquer Foil Art", the medium also incorporates pulverized granite, gold and silver leaf, acrylic paint, wood, silk, abalone shells, eggshells and mother-of-pearl to bring the painting "to life with the magic shine" as the affable gentleman likes to put it.
Indeed his "living" paintings change as the viewer or the source of light moves. The reflections, shimmers and plays of light created by these impressive artworks cannot be shown in photos or duplicated. Hence the magic. In Europe, his style has been termed the "Lacquer Foil Art Method" and although there is a strong Asian flavor, it exudes a distinct look all its own.
Haupt's vividly coloured and luminous paintings are noticeable for their unusually smooth and glossy surfaces Working with different styles and genres for more than years has resulted in an interesting diversity. Yet, despite the eclecticism of both subject matter and genre, Haupt remains recognizably consistent within the unique mixed media process he helped to pioneer.
Long sojourners in Singapore, Japan, Thailand and Malaysia gave him a chance to observe the elegant lacquer-ware of the Orient and adopt many ancient and new techniques into his own style. Each of his works is an original, and each comes with a certificate of authenticity of "Haupt's Lacquer Foil Art". There are no reproductions.
Haupt begins each painting by tightly covering a laminated plywood board with raw silk and giving it many coats of strained, natural lacquer - the purest and finest available.
Then foils are glued meticulously to the hardened surface that give the work its luminosity and lustre through accents and linear patterns. Using acrylic paints, he develops his images directly and intuitively onto the slick surface: covering some of the foils or painting neatly around them.
One layer shows through another, and over the final composition, two more layers of transparent Japanese lacquer are applied, giving the painting a reverberating "life" and endurance - impervious to most normal wear and tear. As a result, its strength and toughness become an essential part of the visual experience.
Haupt's images belie the labour-intensity required to prepare the surface of the canvas. Wearing paper masks, Haupt a his assistants spread coats of hone-thick lacquer on an acrylic-coloured wood panel, running warm water on the panel each time to speed the drying process. When lacquer is dry four days later, the panels are polished."
It takes a month to paint two to three pieces if they are of the same series," says Haupt. The "Faces" series reflects a very German expressionism - violent gestures, smears, outlining in black bold and contrasting colours of reds and greens. "Erotical Movements" mirrors Japanese "Floating World" bordello scenes and Moulin Rouge splashes in seductive soft tones; semi-abstract figures melt and become softened as paint spreads out and drips on the surface visually shifting the focus from the erotic to the reflective colour and line.
He changes to a more primitive manner in his "Parental Discretion Advised" - again in the vein of German expressionism but more precise, more childlike, flat, clearly drawn and very detailed.The images in "Movement into the New Millennium" are largely abstract and ebullient. Sensuality is expressed through dance movement, and Haupt uses abalone inlays to define muscle tone and infuses red to create an enigmatic energy.
Traces of Bauhaus painter Wassily Kandinsky also emerge from the subconscious and appear mysteriously in Haupt's abstractions, as in "Movement into the New Millennium" with its whirling gyre of colour, spinning out of fragments of line.
Haupt made a donation of "Ground Zero", which is a tribute to those who died on September 11.
The work is a haunting depiction of the two towers, the city, the sense of light and the unimaginable devastation that was caused. Money from its sale went to the Firefighters Fund of New York.
His paintings are now hanging at the Bank of America in Laguna Beach. One became a United Nations gift to the Saad Abad Presidential Palace, which Iranian President Mohammed Khatami accepted to initiate the "Dialogue Between Civilizations" in 2001.Haupt's permanent public collections hang at the Sheraton Ball Harbour in Los Angeles, and the Oriental Bank Berhad headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.His works can also be seen on his own website, Gallery - www.hauptart.com.
But in truth, the only way to really appreciate their intense beauty is to experience the magic in person. It will be worth your while. Back to top of page
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Laguna News-Post, Thursday March 7th 2002
Haupt's Art Is On
Exhibit At Bank
Bank of America is ablaze with 43 lacquered paintings by Joachim Haupt. The artist exhibits his propensity to create vibrantly colored, shiny surfaces with an ancient method he has brought into the 21st century
Lacquer is made from sap from Asian-grown lacquer trees. Originally used for preserving household objects, in particular, sealing surfaces of furniture to last in damp climates, the lacquer technique has worked its way into many art forms. Now demonstrates an original usage.
Haupt's style is expressive: large and quick brushstrokes, suggest a rapidly executed process. However, the image belies the labor-intensity
required to prepare the surface- tedious steps of coated layers. In this exhibition, Haupt, who was born in Germany and now lives in Laguna Beach, continues his ties in where he had lived for a long time, and where much of the exhibition, Haupt has brought many new works from overseas.
Haupt's process is at the heart of his painting. He begins by tightly covering a laminated plywood board with raw silk and giving it many coats of strained, natural lacquer, the purest and finest available. Each coat is dried, sanded, and another layer applied. The process is repeated endlessly. The number of layers, the repetition of sanding, means the finer the surface. This is followed by gluing to the hardened surface meticulously applied real silver leaf, which, although below the painted surface, gives the work its luminosity. Now, the surface is finally ready for the painting image.
Using acrylic paints, Haupt develops his images directly and intuitively onto the slick surface. Typically, when an artist works on canvas in oils, the paint is absorbed into the fibers, even though the surface has been coated with a gesso. Haupt's surfaces are impenetrable: one layer shows through another, one not absorbing the other. To add further luster to the painting, to form accents and linear patterns, Haupt embeds crushed eggshells, abalone, mother of pearl and areas of gold and silver leaf, an Asian technique he has modified. Over this final composition, several layers of transparent Japanese lacquer are applied, giving the painting a reverberating luster and endurance. In Europe, his style has been termed the "Lacquer Foil Method:" it has a strong Asian flavor, but exudes a distinct look all its own.
The work is divided into several series, each revealing primitive designs, abstraction, landscapes, movement, and tribute to 9/11. Three works, different from the rest, hang together in a series, and are titled "Magic I, II, and III." They are painted in a primitive motif, in rust and black, revealing abstract images of ancient symbols-a shield, a pot, and an altar. "Movements into the New Millennium" is a mixture of figurative and abstraction. Images of people merge in and out of strokes of vivid colors bright greens next to oranges, reds, blues and yellows. A guitar player, an audience, and others enjoying the music meld with the color and energy. Suggestions of faces, bodies, and the presence of human beings shifting in and out of abstract designs fill the bank's walls, from floor to ceiling.
In "Ancient Future," Haupt creates an over-sized, three-panel red painting that combines ancient Meso-American symbols intertwined with various figures from an ancient culture. Then there are the landscapes. Kailua is a volcanic landscape of greens and rusts. Its main feature is its sense of an open natural valley flowing from top to bottom with a rapid diagonal thrust.
"Ground Zero" is Haupt's tribute to the heroic people who lived and died on Sept. 11th. The work is a haunting depiction of the two towers, the city, the sense of light, and the unimaginable devastation that was caused. Money from its sale will go to families of New York firefighters.
Laguna residents and visitors will find Haupt's bank exhibition intriguing for its variety of subject matter and the artist's unique lacquered technique. Bank of America is at 299 Ocean Ave. The exhibition runs through April 8, during bank hours. Back to top of page
|Laguna News-Post, Thursday Aug. 23rd 2001 |
By Roberta Caraasso
Joachim Haupt Makes Art Shine
At his new "Gallery 1951," German-born Joachim Haupt exhibits his paintings that demonstrate how he raised lacquer usage (made from sap of Asian lacquer trees) from a utilitarian technique for preserving household objects and furniture to a method of creating modern works of art.
Haupt, who for many years lived in several Asian countries, discovered this ancient and unique technique, little known in most of the world. Haupt only learned the original intricate and labor-intensive process but also completely redesigned the craft. Haupt begins by tightly covering a laminated plywood board with raw silk and giving it many coats of strained natural lacquer -- the purest and finest available. Each coat is dried, sanded and another layer applied. The process is repeated many times, followed by gluing to the hardened surface meticulously applied real silver leaf. Now, for the painted image.
Using acrylic paints, Haupt develops various subjects, usually figurative based on the human body in motion. The exhibition includes his series such as "The Erotical Movements," "Movements", "Movements into the new Millennium", and "Faces".
Images are developed directly and intuitively onto the slick surface. Each series has a distinct appearance, almost as if a different artist created the work, showing Haupt's inventiveness and artistic flexibility. To add further luster to the painting, to form accents and linear patterns, Haupt embeds crushed eggshells, abalone, mother of pearl, and areas of gold and silver leaf, an Asian technique he has modified. Over this final composition, several years of transparent Japanese lacquer is applied, giving the painting a resounding luster and endurance. In Europe, his style has been termed the "Lacquer Foil Method", it has a strong Asian flavor, but exudes a distinct look all its own.
Upon seeing Haupt's vividly colored and luminous paintings, one immediately notices their unusual smooth, glossy surface abundance of patterns and variety of imagery. In the "Faces" series, the mood is very German Expressionistic -- violent gestures, smears, outlining in black bold and contrasting colors and a sense of pent-up emotion bursting into complementary colors of reds and greens. The art in "The Erotical Movements" series, is reminiscent of Japanese "Floating World" bordello scenes. In Haupt's art, semi-abstract figures melt and become softened as paint spreads out and drips on the surface, visually shifting the focus from the erotic to the energy of reflective color and line. Haupt changes to a more primitive manner in his "Parental Discretion Advised," again in the vein of German Expressionism but more precise, more childlike, flat, clearly drawn and very detailed. The images in "Movement to the New Millennium," are largely abstract, ebullient, and resemble the transcendent nature of Russian Painter Wassily Kandinsky, or the "push-pull" philosophy of German Hans Hofmann. Most noticeable in Haupt's art, is the effervescence of shapes catching the light, colors radiating and the enlivening of the dynamic surface.
Traditional paintings are created on stretched and primed canvas, held-fast to stretcher bars. Unlike the fragility and vulnerability of established painting procedures, hardened lacquer produces an exceptionally strong and resilient painting ground. The work is impervious to most normal wear and tear: and its strength and toughness becomes an essential part of the visual experience.
Haupt is a self-taught artist, originally working in water colors, but when he learned of this Asian method while living in Japan, he immediately saw its potential. Although time consuming, meticulous dedication and requiring supplies from far-off lands, the results are unique. The lacquer foil technique offers a diverse range of possibilities as aptly demonstrated by Haupt's work. Back to top of page
Joachim Haupt's Gallery 1951 is celebrating it's grand opening this Saturday starting at 6PM. The gallery is located at 1951 South Coast Highway.
Haupt is known for the modern abstract mixed media technique that he developed called Lacquer Foil Art. His lacquer foil paintings incorporate lacquer, gold and silver leaf, acrylic paint, wood, silk, abalone shells, eggshells and mother of pearl to bring the painting "to Well with 'The Magic Shine".
The "living" painting changes as the viewer or the light source moves. The reflections, the shimmers and the play of light created by these impressive artworks cannot be shown in photos. That's the magic
The work of many different styles and genres for more than 14 years, Joachim has created an enormous variety of his lacquer foil paintings, witch represents a great diversity in artistic style and genre. Despite the eclecticism of both subject matter and genre, he remains recognizably consistent within the unique mixed media process he helped to pioneer. Over the last decade, Joachim exhibited in galleries throughout Europe, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan and the United States.
Each work is an original. There are no reproductions. Each painting comes with a certificate of authenticity of Joachim Haupt's Lacquer Foil Art. The only way to really appreciate the intense beauty of this art is to experience the magic in person. Back to top of page
|Los Angeles Times |
Abstract artist Joachim Haupt, owner of Gallery 611 and a big-time fan of artist Gustav Klimt.
Haupt uses lacquer-foil and acrylic techniques to illuminate his paintings, producing extraordinary Klimt replicas as well as his own line of contemporary abstract art.
Haupt spent many years experimenting with lacquer and foil at his home in Berlin. He owns three national galleries, including one in Berlin, where he designs and creates most of his work before it is shipped to the United States.
Haupt begins the work process by separating and cutting thin sheets of foil or gold leaf. He then applies each one individually before integrating abalone into each crevice. The process usually requires more than one person.
Wearing paper masks, Haupt and his assistants spread 18 coats of honey-thick lacquer on an acrylic-colored wood panel, running warm water on the panel each time to speed the drying process. When the lacquer is dry four days later, the panels are polished. Haupt said the process can take weeks to finish.
With 'The Kiss', Klimt proved artistically that he was very much ahead of his time", said Haupt, as passersby glanced at the replica on display near the gallery's entrance.
Haupt finds nothing wrong with selling replicas. His technique blends with Klimt's Byzantine style.
He practices the same concept in the closeness of vivid colors. Instead of using oil, however, he uses colored foil to give it a rich, glittering effect.
The process of recreating a Klimt is not an easy task, but Haupt says passion for art nouveau and respect for the artist motivates him.
Sometimes he spends hours mixing acrylic colors, comparing them to the oil colors in Klimt's work. Using either gold leaf or foil as a backdrop, Haupt creates the same Klimt-like, two-dimensional, eternal imagery.
Lending a modern edge to each piece, Haupt adds more to each piece, using the same symbols and shapes Klimt uses in his paintings.
For example, in Haupt's version of "Judith I", he adds a spiral design made with mother of pearl to an empty spot on the woman's choker. If Andy Warhol could get away with it, so can he, says Haupt.
Haupt has a series of modern abstract and surreal work. " Breeze" uses a wine-colored backdrop and a mixture of metallic green and several shades of brown to achieve an organic effect.
Up close, it resembles a jagged, algae-covered tsunami. But, at a slight distance, the panel transforms into a picture of wind-blown weeds with an apocalyptic purple sky in the foreground.
Abstract motion best describes "Movement V", which will be on display Wednesday for Haupt's exhibit called "Movements to the Millennium".
In it, sensuality is expressed through dance movement, a man holds a woman above his head, her back is arched, feet flexed.
Haupt uses abalone inlays to define muscle tone and infuses red tones to create an enigmatic energy.
ON HIS OWN
Haupt's work is on display at Gallery 611 at 611 S. Pacific Coast Highway, where he prefers the comforts of his bright and airy work space to the congestion of art festivals. He also exhibits his work in Europe several months out of the year. Back to top of page
Joachim Haupt celebrates the millennium with a new series of unique lacquer panels currently on display at his Laguna Beach Gallery 611, located at 611 South Coast Highway.
The self-taught, German born artist invented his own unique approach by applying gold and silver leaf foil to layers of resin, a natural lacquer combined with pulverized granite, and mixed with the pigment of acrylic paint.
In several panels from his new exhibit, "Movement into the New Millennium," elements of the figure emerge from primarily abstract images. The painted panel, "Movement #9" is an especially elegant example of Haupt's abstraction.
Emerging out of layers of lacquer which form the abstracted background are two figures entwined in a joyful dance. The lines delineating the figures appear to be an abstract yet with a slight shift of perspective, it becomes clearly a figural work.
The unique use of reflective materials - lacquer and abalone shell, seem to create the mystery of its appearance.
Perhaps because he is self-taught, Haupt displays a freedom and innovation in use of materials than those officially "trained."
Gustav Klimt's Byzantine-like, art nouveau paintings, are one of Haupt's sources of inspiration. Haupt has innovatively converted fragments from Klimt's "The Kiss" into several of his own lacquered panels.
Traces of Kandinsky, the painter of the Bauhaus, also emerge from the subconscious and appear mysteriously in Haupt's abstractions. The painting, "Movement in to the Millennium #16," with its whirling gyre of color, spinning out of fragments of line, is vaguely reminiscent of Kandinsky's early abstractions.
When viewing "Movement into the Millennium #13," one feels both the relaxing and exciting effects of his work.
Influences of Asian Art are also apparent in Haupt's art. Long sojourns in Singapore, Japan, and Kuala Lumpur gave Haupt a chance to observe the elegant lacquer ware of the Orient and adopt many ancient and traditional techniques into his own innovative style.
Joachim Haupt has certainly carved an individual path in developing his career as an artist. Rather than officially enrolling in art school, Haupt opted for academics and eventually business college.
He obtained a secure position as a consultant for an international company in the medical industry, which allowed him opportunities to travel and explore over 150 countries. His business position with the medical firm allowed him to fulfill his adventuresome passion for travel and exploration.
When stationed by the medical company in the quiet and peaceful Lake Constance area, however, Haupt had many spare hours to develop his unusual painting techniques.
Haupt set up studio space in the peaceful and quiet village by the lake, and soon friends showed an interest in purchasing his works. As he attracted new patrons, Haupt decided to change careers and devote himself exclusively to his art work.
Public interest grew when Haupt displayed his painted panels in German embassies in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and in Japan and recently and the Design Center in San Francisco.
Following his artistic passion, Haupt has opened three galleries - one in Europe, one in Laguna Beach and one in Asia.
"I looked throughout California for a space to open a gallery, but I preferred Laguna Beach to the Northern California location," he said. "I looked a long time in Laguna and finally found space."
Haupt remodeled the interior, changed the lighting and opened the gallery in September. The gallery space exudes warmth and elegance and its ocean location provides a pleasant contemplative environment for viewing the unique abstractions and figural art works Haupt has created.
The opening Saturday night was the first of a series of receptions for the exhibit, "Movement into the Millennium," that Haupt is planning for his gallery. Haupt encourages patrons to watch for announcements the rest of the year, for receptions to celebrate the millennium with his innovative panel art. Back to top of page
|Times Extra, Monday May 13,1996 |
By Sonja Mustaffs / Pictures By Wong S. Jeng
Society Women Attend Art Exhibition
High society has found common ground in art, reveling in every moment of it.
Several wives of foreign dignitaries, local Ministers and entrepreneurs were spotted recently at an art exhibition cum cocktail party by German self-taught artist Joachim A. Haupt and the German ambassador's wife Dr. Stephanie C. Nestroy.
About 70 art pieces depicting women, animals and scenery were displayed alongside lacquer trinket boxes and containers created and designed by Haupt in his private time.
Posing with the artist...
(from left) Aini, Haupt, Endon and Stephanie
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|Held at Nestroy's residence in Bukit Tunku, Datin Endon Datuk Mahmood, wife of Foreign Affairs Minister Datuk Abdullah Ahmad Badawi; Datin Aini Alwi, wife of the Foreign Affairs Ministry chief of protocol Datuk Zainal Azman; Malaysian Association for the Blind vice-president Tunku Sheilah Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Teresa, wife of Brazilian ambassador Sergio Telles; and Ayse, wife Turkish ambassador Ferhat Ataman were seen perusing the lacquer artwork. |
Seen as well were UKM Institude Paediatric lecturer Prof. Ursula Kuhnle, Angela Hijias, wife of architect Hijias Kasturi; lawyer Datin Fauzah Abdullah and Dagmar, wife of Bayer (M) Sdn Bhd Managing director Knug Herzer. Back to top of page
|Laguna News Post |
Iranian President Mohammed Khatami at the Cultural Complex of Tehran's Saad Abad presidential palace, a United Nations gift to initiate dialogue between covilisations for 2001.
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Joachim and Kathleen McLellau
Joachim and McKenzie Westmore
To patronize this year "Celebrity Auction", famed Artist, Joachim Haupt's original "Lacquer Foil Painting" will become your most cherished conversation work of art. The challenge lies in what the viewer actually sees! In this sparkling epic ocean journey under the sea is a vibrant tranquility of marine life or an unparallel glow of Hollywoods most glamorous and glittering icon?
This stunning original work is accompanied with a certificate of authenticity and there are no reproductions. Joachim Haupt's process has been touted as "The Magic Shine"/ He has been commissioned and collected by the Sultan of Brunei, Sharon Stone and Chuck Norris to name a few.