Photographic paintings by Swiss visual artist and photographer Fabian Oefner.

Fabian Oefner’s series of photographic paintings is an artistic exploration of the limits and possibilities of photography. Viewed from a distance, the compositions seem like paintings resembling Mark Rothko’s nebulous rectangles or Clifford Still’s monochromatic fields of color. His series of striking color gradients could be defined as structures made with subtle brush strokes. However, on closer inspection one can see numerous clues that define the artworks as photographs. Please read more below the following image.

Photographic Painting by Fabian Oefner.
Photographic Painting by Fabian Oefner.

In order to create these colorful compositions, Fabian Oefner used a lead-like element called “bismuth”. After the melting process in a large pan, the artist has removed the top layer of the liquid metal. The exposed material reacts with the air, which results in various color gradients. As soon as the top layer is removed and the changing colors appear, Oefner captures the fleeting moment with a camera. See more below. For further information, please visit Fabian Oefner’s website. fabianoefner.com

A project that moves within the realms of painting and photography.
A project that moves within the realms of painting and photography.
Large prints of colors and textures.
Large prints of colors and textures.
The artworks have a size of 110 x 200 cm.
The artworks have a size of 110 x 200 cm.
The final result is very much defined by chance.
The final result is very much defined by chance.
The used material is bismuth.
The used material is bismuth.
Amazing gradients.
Amazing gradients created by chance.
These colorful prints are reminiscent of artworks by Mark Rothko or Clifford Still.
These colorful prints are reminiscent of artworks by Mark Rothko or Clifford Still.

All images © by Fabian Oefner. Discover more inspiring work in our Photography and Art categories.

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