"I love to paint people because their essence evokes a deep creative longing within me. When I paint people, I feel like a translator. I translate my feelings about human beings and life into my own personal painting language. Often the feelings are hidden, like words that are on the tip of the tongue and cannot be grasped. By paraphrasing or by simplifying and stylizing, I explore what touches me deeply and reveal it and bring it to light. It is a great motivation for me to find the appropriate formal vocabulary for my paintings to express my innermost feelings."
Eveline Eschmer is fascinated by the mistery of life, by the continuous becoming and passing and the fragility of humans and she draws her creativity from all of this. The painting process begins with the intensive viewing of photos. Then she sketches and paints from memory: “In doing so, I slowly approach the mental image that vaguely emerged in my imagination when looking at the photos. It's like a mirage in the distance, flickering and fading, sometimes clearly and then blurry." She is influenced by painters from the early Italian, Flemish and German Renaissance as well as representatives of Expressionism. Personal encounters with people inspire her for her portraits. The aura of personalities from the internet also encourages her to paint.
Since she was a child, Eveline Eschmer has painted at every opportunity. For her, painting was just as entertaining as playing with children. Painting later became her hobby. During study visits to London, Paris, Rome, Madrid and New York, she continued her education in art history. A stay in Manhattan was the trigger for her career as an artist: “When I stayed in Manhattan for some months, I slept on a futon in an art showroom and I was surrounded by art works for 24 hours a day. During this time, I began to feel a deep desire to produce paintings for a public audience myself.” Eveline is a self-taught oil painter. She lives and paints in Zurich.
"I paint with oil colours, mostly in the old master technique with layers and glazes. I love the smooth, buttery consistency of the oil colours. I also like their slow drying ability, there's something anachronistic about it that defies our more and more accelerated lives. But what fascinates me most about oil paint is its unique deep, brilliant luminosity."
Listening to the sound of the churchbells, 130x170cm