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Jakob Demus

Only in infinity ca the eyes find peace

Jakob Demus was born in 1959 in Vien­na. He stu­di­ed sculp­tu­re under Avra­mi­dis and is one of the most important gra­phic artists in the world. The ‘dia­mond point’ is his brain­child and he alo­ne knows how to mas­ter said spe­cial tech­ni­que. His book publis­hed in 2005, The Com­ple­te Gra­phic Work, was awar­ded the Gold Let­ter by the Stif­tung Buch­kunst asso­cia­ti­on for being the ‘most beau­ti­ful book in the world.’ Demus works inten­si­ve­ly with artis­tic tech­ni­ques from the Renais­sance and Baro­que. His works can be view­ed across five con­ti­nents in the most important muse­ums and collections.

Demus’ works are sur­roun­ded by natu­re, pla­ced in it, and imi­ta­te it. The world is made in the image of wha­te­ver hap­pens to reign at the moment, and this app­lies to ever­ything in the uni­ver­se. Artists have a cal­ling: to brea­the life into this con­cept for ever­yo­ne to see. Demus is an idea­list. His life’s work is to cap­tu­re timeless moments as they turn into a spe­ci­fic event.

Whoever meets natu­re with an open heart desi­res to be taken back to a sta­te of infinity. 

Won­der is his ans­wer to what is true befo­re the ephe­me­ral world. And what about art? Art is the attempt to cap­tu­re eter­ni­ty in a moment and to show it to ever­yo­ne. Demus crea­tes pic­tures of fini­te moments which are also timeless.Beauty equals hap­pi­ness and har­mo­ny. This sin­gle princip­le moves all bein­gs and their count­less ite­ra­ti­ons of exis­tence. Pain­ters try to cap­tu­re this sta­te of ‘being’ and depict it on the back of all the expe­ri­ence gathe­red thanks to their pre­de­ces­sors over the cour­se of cen­tu­ries and share it with ever­yo­ne else. Here and now.

Demus has pain­ted ski­es for more than for­ty years: that’s why he beca­me a pain­ter in the first place. Vast swa­thes of all-encom­pas­sing ski­es, stret­ching out over us, they’re our vital ele­ment. They play with light to give us myri­ad colours refrac­ted through the sheen of rising water. Beau­ty only beco­mes our hap­pi­ness if we com­mu­ni­ca­te it. This is what pain­ters do: depict flee­ting moments of hap­pi­ness. Free­dom is hap­pi­ness. The sky is always open to us. This is what Demus paints: the ope­ning to infinity.

He adop­ted free­dom offe­red by the shape of a cir­cle and rejec­ted the tra­di­tio­nal and phy­si­cal shape of a squa­re. A cir­cle which is a tra­di­tio­nal ton­do, a shape embo­dy­ing poten­ti­al infi­ni­ty and com­ple­teness. Some­thing Pla­to hims­elf alrea­dy knew. The cir­cle is used in Jakob Demus’ later work to repre­sent the con­cept of who­leness and infi­ni­ty. Mathe­ma­ti­cal­ly spea­king: the flaw­less­ness of con­struc­tion, the infi­ni­te­si­mal in linea­ri­ty. The return to one’s roots. Fin­ding one self. Even gazing into space, loo­king through the cir­cu­lar shape of the tele­scope, is always an action repre­sen­ting open­ness. It repres­ents the infi­ni­ty of the uni­ver­se, whe­re mid-ways and who­le points beco­me com­ple­te. ‘Who­leness equals infi­ni­ty,’ he wri­tes. But only ‘in infi­ni­ty can the eyes find peace.’ An idea that, may­be, trans­cends night and day.

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1954 in Wien geboren, ist Autor und Kunstkritiker. Er studierte Philosophie an der Universität Wien und promovierte 1996 in Philosophie im Hauptfach mit der 600 Seiten Dissertation „Diskontinuität und Seinserfahrung“ bei Prof. Kampits, Prof. Mader und Doz. Vetter. Daneben intensives Studium der Kunstgeschichte mit dem Schwerpunkt italienischer Renaisssance bei den Kunsthistorikern Prof. Rosenauer und Prof. Fillitz sowie Grafik bei Prof. Koschatzky. Interesse an griechischer Mythologie, sowie speziellen Bereichen der Kunstgeschichte, Renaissance- und Barockmalerei, sowie profaner Wandmalerei in Mittelmeerraum- und Süditalien, aber auch zeitgenössischer Kunst.

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