BARBARA SCHASTOK

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“Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life.” – Mark Twain
Birth
Life
Citizen
Resident
Born on May 4, 1960 in Frankfurt am Main – Germany
1962 - 1966 domiciled in Athen - Greece, folowing the immigration to Switzerland - Zurich
Citizen of Oberrieden, Zurich - Switzerland
Since 2012 sporadic stays on Mallorca - Spain. Since 2018 permanent resident of the island

In the foreground of my painting stands the abstraction. Since more than 20 years I enjoy experimenting with colours, forms, lines, surfaces and various materials. To put them together to a composition is therefore the central focus of my works.

Some of my basic knowledge of painting I acquired as an autodidact associated with courses at the community highschool of Zurich as well as further courses at home and in other countries. I mainly work with acrylic paint, natural pigments, ink, oil and chalk crayons, as well as various mixed techniques and prefer large-format canvas in doing so. All paintings are additionally treated with final varnish (invisible) for additional surface protection against sunlight, dust and moisture.

The compositions of colours connected with contrasts of colours and the arrangement of lines and shapes form the tensioned arc of the picture.

The one who looks at a picture develops ideas and imaginations. Either the representational as well as the non-representational pictures talk to us without using the circuitous route of conceptual articulation. They either appeal to us or not. The intention and expressive strenght of the artist remain unaffected independently of this painting.

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