Using digital techniques, Gerhard Mantz creates lush interpretations of landscapes. To realize his vision, he guides the viewer’s gaze over glossy lakes, sprouting plants, and treetops stretching into the sky. In this artificial nature, we discover familiar and new elements and are reminded of Caspar David Friedrich’s famous words: “The painter’s task is not the realistic depiction of sky, water, rocks, and trees, but rather his soul; his feelings should be reflected in it.”
Mantz regularly travels to Tenerife, where he draws inspiration from its Barrancos. These ravines were created by flowing lava, but now are rife with beautiful vegetation in the summer. Mantz finds a unique kind of beauty in wild growth in these rock fissures. “They twist and wind, become narrower and wider, and then at the end let you look out into the haze over the open sea,” the artist says. His works are not real places that exist, but the powerful distillation of an inner vision.