Werner Holz

b.1948  in Gruenstadt- d.1991  in Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany


 

                                                                  

theatrum mundi  in loving memory of someone

                                                      who went long before his time




Das Paradies  1991  (unvollendet)

Paradise (unfinished)
oil



Venedig 1990
Venice
oil


Der Seiltaenzer 1990
Tightrope Dancer
oil



Der Seiltaenzer, Venedig 1990
Tightrope Dancer, Venice
oil




Der Glueckssucher, 1990
Seeker of Happiness
oil



Der venezianische Traumvogel, 1990
The Venetian Bird of Dreams
oil


Traumbild des Wassermann 1090/ 91
Dream image of Aquarius
colored pencil




Ikarus 1987

oil on panel


Seiltaenzer 1989 (?)

Tightrope Dancer

oil


Das Narrenschiff 1986

Ship of Fools

oil on panel


Insel der Illusionen  1986

Island of Illusions

oil on panel



Selbstbildnis Prometheus 1987/88

Self Portrait Prometheus

mixed media



Theatrum Mundi 1986

oil



Atlantis 1986/87

oil



Engel III 1986
Angel
mixed media



Aufzug des Bacchus/ Zyklus zur Carmina Burana 1985

Roetelzeichnung

Act of Bacchus/ Sequence of Carmina Burana

sanguine on paper


Die Raetsel der Fastnacht 1984

Conundrums of Carnival

oil


Ausblick im Winter 1983

Winter View

oil


Seiltaenzer 1983

Tightrope dancer

oil


Hommage an die Pfalz, Weinfaun 1983

Faun of wine

drawing


Architekt der vier Elemente 1982

Architect of the Four Elements

oil



Selbstportrait 1982
self portrait
drawing



Die Auferstehung 1981

Resurrection

oil



Die Buehne der Auferstehung 1980
Stage of Resurrection
oil



Venezianische Melancholie, 1980
Venetian Melancholy
oil



Venizianische Visionen 1979
Visions of Venice
oil



Melancholie 1979
Melancholy
oil


Der venezianische Reiter 1979

The Venetian Horseman

oil

Die Hoffnung 1979

Hope

oil


Die venezianische Komoedie 1979/80

Venetian Comedy

oil


Capriccio 1979

oil


Die Speyerer Fastnacht 1978/79

Carneval of Speyer

oil


Die vier Jahreszeiten 1978/79

Four Seasons
oil



Triumph des venezianischen Einhorns 1979

Triumph of the Venetian Unicorn

drawing


Eyn narr 1978

A Jester

drawing




Schiff des Lebens 1977/78
Vessel of Life
oil




Triumpf der Narren 1977/85

Jesters' Triumph

oil


Detail aus "Der Triumpf der Narren"

Detail of Jesters' Triumph


Die verwandelte Goettin 1977

Changed Goddess

oil



Selbst 1976

self

sangiune


Seltsame Krabbe 1977

Peculiar Crab

ink/ washes


Die Verheissung des Propheten Jonas 1976

The Promise of Prophet Jonas

oil


Homage a Baudelaire 1976

   drawing





Trojanisches Pferd, 1976
Trojan Horse 
colored pencil


Prophet der Roten Pferde 1976

Prophet of the Red Horses

pastel



Gen Narragonien 1976
oil



Vision 1975

oil



Ohne Titel 1974

Without Title

oil



Triumph des Mammon 1975

Triumph of the Mammon

oil


Das Weltenbuch 1974

Book of the Worlds

 Drawing


Der Weltenherrscher 1973

Ruler of the Worlds

Drawing


Die Toechter des Loth 1973

Daughters of Loth

  drawing




Werner Holz grew up in Hettenleidelheim, in the Pfalz region of Germany.

After his apprenticeship as a typographer, he studied graphic design in Mainz, Munich and Mannheim, Germany. He worked as a freelance fine artist in Frankenthal and Herxheim am Berg, Germany.

Important study trips took him to Bruegge, Gent, Belgium and Venice, Italy.

His very detailed old master technique was inspired by Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Breugel, the Elder.

Neomanneristic fantasies and visionary realms, painted sometimes with a single hair marten brush distinguish the style of Werner Holz.

He falls into the category of Fantastic and Magic Realism.

But he saw himself part of a broader movement- Der Malerei des Phantastischen.

The Fine Art of the Imaginary has been present through all centuries.

His work is shown in many national and international galleries and is part of private and public collections.

The conservative humanist and moralist Werner Holz was genuinely fascinated by foolishness as a counterpoint to ratio and insight.

The jester, depicted with or without cap and bell, is the main figure in his paintings and drawings.

As a narcissistic being, who walks carelessly next to the abyss, he turns into a self destructive device. Very often the jester symbolizes  animalistic lust that leads to mental and spiritual decline.

Sometimes he is painted as a wise man who realizes and accepts his destiny and strives for redemption.

Werner Holz once wrote:

"Maybe one can understand my paintings as "peep holes" into a world of the unspeakable, into a world, where the lightness of thought take visual form, without the limitation of the ordinary."

"Those, who want to  perceive and understand my paintings, need to leave their every day routine behind and try to approach my work of symbols, figures and dreams with utmost care and patience."

 

 

Work and collections,

are listed in the link above.

 

Almost all of the works by Werner Holz are hold by private collectors. Sometimes you may find a painting, drawing or print auctioned off.

For further inquiries please contact:

b.hholz@gmail.com

 


All images on this site are © Werner Holz