166th Meeting Artist
The Art Discussion Group (ADG) will be holding its 166th meeting on Monday 27th May 2019 at 19.30hrs at the ‘Ċentru Parrokkjali’, 36 Idmejda St., Balzan (next to the Good Shepherd Church). The ADG has chosen Klaus Stock as their invited guest for the month of May. Stock is a foreigner residing in Malta whose work includes: still life, portrait, landscape, reflections in water and Buddhist statues. He is enthusiastic to share with our members and friends a collection of his work and discuss his vision and concept on art.
Klaus Stock (1943-) was born in Essen Germany. In his teenage he developed an interest in fine arts and discovered sculpture specializing in the display of male and female figures modelled in gypsum.
When he travelled to Malta in 1999 Klaus rediscovered his love for the arts and started painting in acrylic and later in oil. He persisted and studied painting and art under the renowned German painter Walter-Lilienfein an influence that changed his career as later he was invited to display some of his work in collective exhibitions in Valletta and Gozo.
He draws his inspiration mainly from experiencing light, landscape and nature of the Maltese Islands and from its people. His painting, mainly landscape and portrait is driven by the effort to go beyond what a photograph can capture.
His work is purely figurative but its essence: a sense of tranquillity, serenity and peace that emanate from his expression is vital. Klaus likes meditation and perhaps his reflections in water are therapeutic and suggest contemplation, meditation and mental reflection.
Some of his portraits are quite impressive especially a self-portrait and that of his late wife Khrista. A painting of the giant arches close to Fort St. Angelo with the special light of our Mediterranean sun caressing the stone is commendable and echoes the similar paintings drawn by artists of the Grand Tour.
Examples of geometric abstract reveal Klaus’ love of molecular science. Two images that represent a boat tied to the share are probably symbolic as they exude a sense of perfect balance, serenity, tranquillity, peace and rest. They represent the man who is non-violent and who treasures tranquillity, peace and above all solitude. This peace loving man is reflected in his creations:works that are therapeutic, hypnotic and act as a palliative; works that heal.
Klaus Stock is a member of the Art Discussion Group and he is much respected in the Group and among friends. He attends our meetings regularly and is very appreciative of Maltese art and artists.
Klaus Stock will answer questions from the floor regarding his vision, concept, approach and technique. He will also elaborate about particular works that give him great satisfaction.
ADG Chairman 17.05.2019