The city painter
Article in AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR MAGAZINE (ISSUE 204):
When viewing Martin Köster’s art for the first time, you can feel and absorb his intentions, latching onto a thought process filled with curiosity. Viewers can make the journey through a fantastic gallery of strict vanishing points in oil paintings that merge with emotions to form an artwork that, in its triviality, still remains absolutely unique.
Köster will not be deterred by dizzying heights or danger in order to achieve his goal of internalizing a city’s soul and transforming it into paint, bringing in his own experiences with every stroke of the brush. Be it a skyscraper, helicopter or an image of rush hour, the artist specializes in drawing from the roofs of the skyline and showing the vividness of a city from above. While many painters enjoy nature, Köster’s approach to draw from high places is inspiringly new.
“Every time I am surprised how much life I can observe down below. I feel the freedom and seclusion which inspire me,” explains Köster.
“If I could describe in words the big city romance that I feel when walking through the cities, then I would write a book about it. But unfortunately I can’t write, so I have to paint the romance of the big city.”
In 2018, Köster received his first invitations to international exhibitions. A few years later, the contrast between dark buildings and bright lights has reached the international art world. He has gained an international following and been the subject of successful exhibitions in London, New York, Hong Kong, Hamburg, Paris and many other cities worldwide.
– Article in AMERICAN ART COLLECTOR MAGAZINE (ISSUE 204).
Martin Köster was born in Hanover, Germany in 1988. After graduating with a diploma in Law from Leibniz University of Hanover in 2014, Köster began working as a professional artist.