Turn into a windmill

Philipp Ackermann

Digital painting printed on fabric 42.5cm x 32.5. cm (framed)

A structure that converts wind power into rotational energy.

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‘Turn Into a Windmill’ is a digital painting in which geometric shapes combined with colors and games of light and shade cause an automatic association with the natural world. The perfectly and digitally created circles form a sky of clouds, while the additional layer of lines and dissociated colors give the work its depth. The composition, made up of a recognizable blue sky, a pink sky, as if seen through rose- colored glasses, and a line that connects the two, creates an imaginary world left for the viewer to interpret. Just as the sharp angles and straight lines represent the mechanic gesture in the work, the brushstrokes, imitating movements of a bird, remind the viewer of the artist’s gesture. The ability to create his art at any time, through his portable painting app, is what allows Ackermann to combine the many elements that inspire him everyday.

Philip Ackermann

Phillipp Ackermann is a London based German self-taught artist who started his artistic journey through painting. In his most recent works he explores a new method of digital painting through a portable painting app. This method allows Ackermann to disengage from the studio and paint at any moment and at any place in which he feels inspired. While on one hand the app he uses may limit him in medium, it also opens up a world of 18 opportunities in which he can expand his works. Ackermann is able to transfer his impressions and inspirations onto a digital surface and create dream-like settings that combine nature with architectural and geometric elements. While finding inspiration from the simplistic compositions of Japanese ink paintings, he is able to balance figures and layers that maintain the aesthetic qualities of painting with the ease and option to arrange, duplicate and revise digitally, almost like a quick drawing in a painter’s sketchbook.

Exhibition History:

  • Exile Paintings, Baart Space, Frankfurt, GER
  • Nothing compares 2U, Das Gift, Berlin, GER
  • Panama Paintings, Neu West Berlin, Berlin, GER
  • Prinz, Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin, GER
  • Phil Collins in Gommern?, Warum Verlag, Berlin, GER
  • Salon der Gegenwart, Hamburg, GER
  • Der Grieche at Hessische Kunsthalle, Hessische Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, GER
  • GV at Skaftfell Center for Visual Art Iceland, Seydisfjördur, ICE
  • Pseudoparadigmatika, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, AT
  • Harte Türen, The Office, Frankfurt, GER
  • Works dont’ come easy, Black Door Istanbul, Istanbul, TUR
  • Der Wahrheit ins Auge fassen, Galerie Hafenrand, Hamburg, GER
  • 1 Jahrtausend später fröhlich, Hernhalser Hauptstaße 49, Vienna, AT 
  • Hi Jessica, Westwerk, Hamburg, GER

  •  Örschlöschor, Ausstellungsraum Citadellstraße, Düsseldorf, GER
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