R E V I E W S  
   
   
personal statement  
   

I began with drawings of nature and the human being in Westfalia/Germany. In the late 1980s, colour and form theory led me towards abstraction. During the 1990s, that i spend in New York City and Hamburg, i continued my work by opening up for a variety of expressions, influences, ways of playing and experimentation. The constant exchange of losing and reestablishing myself was an impulse for me to combine internal and external opposites. However, for the outside world, I refused to commit, the idea of freedom was too great to bind myself to a single theme. The desire for a clear communication led me to existential topics like the hunt, the animal, the body, to eroticism, the wedding and back to the hunt. The archaic drama between man and woman, my own early experience of existential struggle between mother and father in the background as a motive for art itself. Therefore I had to end up with the hare, which already stands for the perfection and unity of male and female in the Greek mythology, studying this wild animal in its entirety and then to let it go. The great motive of the hare left me with the space i needed to return to abstract painting, and taught me that everyone has the ability and the right to realize what and who they are and to live in their own way. I believe that our greatest challenge is to acknowledge this not only for others but also for oneself.

 
   
Tina Oelker, April 2017  
early paintings _ link  
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A studio visit  
   

The german painter, Tina Oelker was born on the 7th of Dec. in 1973 in Westfalia and is now living and working Hamburg. At the age of 15-19 she studied Modern Art in her home town Hamm. During her studies she met the Italian (Avandgarde) Artist, Federico Schiaffino, who inspired her work, invited her to Portofino and exhibited her work. After her graduation in 1994 Tina Oelker moved to New York, to study Fine Art at the Art Students League and childrenbook illustration at S.V.A. Back in Germany she directly started to exhibit and held several live-painting performances. From 1997-2004 she studied Design at the University HHW
in Hamburg. During that time she became one of the most present artists and curators in Hamburg. In 2004 she finished her project, “Durchgang” (producer gallery) and concentrated intensively on her paintings. Tina is currently presenting herself with her project,
“1ooo Hares – limited edition” and her hunting motives. “Her large oil paintings (200 x 200 cm) show pestering restlessness and vehemence, emotions spread out directly and naked. She intends to provoke the viewers emotions, not to say she attacks them.
Tina Oelker doesn´t go easy on emotions and even less her own (…), the cultural journalist Beate Naß, said 2007 in her exhibition speech:
“Her work is full of vitality, a process of passionate painting between laughs and tears.

 
   
Harald Nicolas Stazol , 2009  
   
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© Tina Oelker