Inspired by Ernest Hemingway's wonderful word "Grace Under Pressure" the artist wants to transform this idea in his painting. Hemingway's famous words found many different interpreters, but in the feeling of the artist it is a question of character, courage and human greatness how we should encounter challenges or threats. This oil painting may show both the challenges and the honorable encouraged manner to oppose. Right now mankind is challenged by numerous threats from climate change over hunger and lack of water or by wars in many regions on earth till pandemic illness and deadly virus.
„What composers do with music, poets with words, I wish with my paintings: inspire people and create emotions. I want to trigger impulses that make the soul of the viewer vibrate.“
Ever since childhood Volker Mayr lets his impressions of nature express themselves in painting, having learned from his grandfather, the artist Otto Glossmann, how to make emotions visible as colours and forms, using first naturalistic, later, from roughly 1985, non-figurative painting, on his way to abstract expressionism.
Volker’s pictures arise from all the senses and emotions: they are sensual, un-premeditated and with a playful love for enigmatic details. Multiple and vibrant relationships between colours and surface textures are being created by layers that form transparent views, bold and expressive, emotional, and spontaneous. Volker’s dreams tend to be colourful but non-figurative – thus, his paintings follow his dreams.
The art historian Gerhard Charles Rump said about Volker:
"Mayrs paintings in their combination of painterly gestures and visible structures of the colour mass are remarkable, the colours themselves, their tones. They move in rarely explored areas, do not jump at the viewer, but require sensitive approach and a willingness to see them with patience to see all traces of nuances. Images as they are dynamic in origin and have a form of inventory, that makes a meditative element.“
Volker loves the challenge which an empty canvas poses to the artist: to fill the void with a fantastic life which still retains its mysteriousness, makes colours and forms move perpetually, and changes its rhythm, energy, and aura, depending on lighting and the feelings of the observer. With his paintings he should like to reach out to the soul of the viewer and make it vibrate.
Volker Mayr aims to follow this path: but let us also have fun - Volker in painting, and the observer in looking at the result!