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Martin Koester

The city painter

“Lights and reflections dance on buildings and cars. The viewer is drawn into the vanishing point of the pictures.” – This is how Martin Koester describes his work.

But before Koester, who grew up and worked in Germany, devoted his life to art, he studied law. After finishing his law degree as a Dipl.-Jur., the commercial success of his art made it possible for him to focus on creating art.

Exhibitions all over Germany followed.

In 2018, the city painter Koester received his first invitations to international exhibitions. Two years later, the contrast between dark buildings and bright lights has reached the international art world and is exhibited in galleries around the world.

“I’ve always been fascinated by light in paintings. When rays of light break out of dark corners and bring the cities to life, I feel beauty.”

It is not uncommon for Koester’s work to be compared with the painter of the romantic era William Turner, who also specialized in the shining of light.

“Of course I take that as a compliment. I like the idea that every source of light in the city tells its own story. If many lights come together, a sea of ​​stories emerges. When I walk through a new city, I always walk slowly and discover these stories.”

Education:

  • Leibniz Universität Hanover (Germany)
  • Student oft he painter Casey Baugh (USA)

Exhibitions (selected):

2018

  • Join me in the City Group Exhibition / Eclectic Gallery – London, United Kingdom
  • Cityscapes Group Exhibition / Gallery 104 Broadway – New York, United States of              America

2019

  • Sea & City Duo Exhibition / Gallery Flying Colours – Buxtehude, Germany
  • The Texture Show Group Exhibition / Gallery 104 Broadway – New York, Vereinigte             Staaten
  • Armory Art Week Group Exhibition / NYA Gallery – New York, United States of America
  • Equinox Exhibition / NYA Gallery – New York, United States of America
  • “The Healing Show” Exhibition / Art Center, NYA Gallery – New York, United States of          America
  • Group Exhibition Mercedes-Benz Art Night / Marcus Schäfer Kunst-Art – Hong                  Kong, China
  • World Art Roadshow Group Exhibition / World Art Roadshow – Moscow, Russia
  • ARTBAHO Fair / Spain Expo – Barcelona, Spain
  • Group Exhibition / Gallery Birgit Berger – Düsseldorf, Germany
  • ARTMUC Fair / Praterinsel 3 – Munic, Germany
  • Exhibition Orric Building / Marcus Schäfer Kunst-Art – Düsseldorf, Germany
  • A.R. Contemporary Art Ruhr / Unesco Welterbe-Zollverein – Essen, Germany
  • Affordable Art Fair / Messeplatz 1 – Hamburg, Germany

2020

  • Foward Group Exhibition / NYA Gallery – New York, United States of America
  • RURAL VS URBAN Group Exhibition / THE BRICK LANE GALLERY – London, United            Kingdom
  • Discovery Art Fair Köln / XPOST Köln – Köln, Germany (postponed)
  • Discovery Art Fair Frankfurt / Frankfurt Messe – Frankfurt, Germany (postponed)
  • ARTMUC Munich / Isarforum – Munich, Germany
  • Grand Touring Art Night / Ritz Carlton – Toronto, Canada (postponed)
  • A.R. Contemporary Art Ruhr / Zollverein – Essen, Germany
  • Affordable Art Fair Hamburg / – Hamburg, Germany (postponed)

Publications:

  • Book: Martin Koester, The city painter; 2019
  • Book: Martin Koester, The city painter; 2020
  • Documentation: Martin Koester, The city painter; 2019 Klingebiel – CREATIVE

Current Galleries:

  • Barnes Fine Art Gallery, London, United Kingdom
  • Bilder König Kunsthandel, Darmstadt, Germany
  • Elite New York Art Gallery, New York, United States of America
  • Gallery an der Zitadelle, Jülich, Germany
  • Gallery Ernst Ulrich Kühn, Langenfeld, Germany
  • Gallery Elitzer, Saarbrücken, Germany
  • Gallery K, Luxembourg
  • Galeria K, Palma, Spain
  • Gallery Kaphammel, Braunschweig, Germany
  • Gallery Kaschenbach, Trier, Germany
  • Gallery Kunst-Schaefer, Wiesbaden, Germany
  • GALLERI V58, Aarhus Danmark
  • Gallery Weise, Chemnitz, Germany
  • Gallery Zeitgeist, Nürnberg, Germany
  • Kunstart Marcus Schäfer, Puchong, Kuala Lumpur
  • Kunsthandlung Langheinz, Darmstadt, Germany
  • Kunsthaus Uerpmann, Bielefeld, Sylt, Germany
  • New York Art Gallery, New York, United States of America
  • Wander- Gallery, Hamburg, Germany