Hinrichs’ work is entrenched in German philosophy and classical music and both inspire his process. In the pictorial space of his paintings, sound, word and gesture come together to form a symphony of pulsating coloured forms. His paintings dispense of any allegiance to concrete form. Often any resulting imagery that emerges from his rapid scriptural strokes are a natural by-product of his energetic and intuitive technique. This involves lengthy periods of creating and shaping coloured forms, which he then removes or scrapes away, only to reapply. All the while, a series of spontaneous micro decisions he makes with his brush along the way, triggers a multitude of coincidences or happy accidents.
Hinrichs prefers to understand images as a transition, as space-filling objects. Much as music creates a space within the mind of its audience for the music to reverberate, his paintings have come into being from the space created within the painter during his lengthy applications of paint to the canvas surface. His use of colour, plastic resins and marble dust adds texture and surface to this powerful work. His mastery lies in what he removes rather than in what remains. This new body of work celebrates his unequivocal devotion to the sensuous and intimate dialogue an artist can have with paint.
Frank Hinrichs studied Fine Art at the Kunstacademie in Düsseldorf under the tutleage of Alfonso Hüppi who was professor of painting from 1974-1999.
2018 Grosse Kunstausstellung NRW, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf
2018 51 Grad Nord, Städtische Galerie Haus Herbede
2018 51 Grad Nord, Redux, Städtische Galerie Haus Martfeld, Schwelm