Anette Werndl's painting on a wall

Selected Paintings

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Annette Werndl in New York

New York

A dream comes true! From April 4th to June 30th, 2022  I am invited to work at Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, together with four other artists from Spain, Argentina, El Salvador and Germany.
Thanks to Eileen Kaminsky and the Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation.
Annette Werndl at the St. Mark's Square in Venice

Venice

You are going to Venice to see the current fair "Biennale 2022"? Let's meet there!
From July 13th to August 7th I'll be close to the St. Mark's Square presenting some of my favorite paintings. We open on July 13th at 5 pm - the entry is free!
I invite you to Palazzo Bembo, to join three German painters and me on a journey through our world of art.
The book "Color is my Music" by Annette Werndl

Color is my Music

"Abstract and expressive - the works of the color virtuoso Annette Werndl are internationally appreciated and exhibited. The monograph assembles her works from the past years which were inspired mainly by sojourns in the United States and especially New York, and by the development of the music of the time (jazz, blues and pop)."
Jürgen B. Tesch is a publisher and art connoisseur. He publishes the Edition Jürgen B. Tesch with Hirmer Publishers.
The book will be published in October 2022 at the book fair in Frankfurt, Germany!

Exhibitions

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Past exhibitions

Selection

2021
Jelmoni Gallery, Piacenza, Italy
2021
Colorida Art Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal
2020
313 Gallery, Jersey City, NJ, USA
2019
Deutsches Salzmuseum, Lüneburg, Germany
2019
Kunstraum im Atlantik, Munich, Germany
2018
Galerie G., Judenburg, Austria
2017
Art Olympia 2017, Tokyo, Japan
2017
Art Basel project, Basel, Switzerland
2017
Galerie Brienner Strasse, Munich, Germany
2017
Galerie am Schillerplatz, Vienna, Austria
2017
Himmelspforte, Würzburg, Germany
2014
Kunsthaus Sudhaus, Villach, Austria
2014
Regierung von Oberbayern, Munich, Germany
2014
Stiegenhausgalerie, Seeboden, Austria
2013
Galerie im Alten Rathaus, Prien, Germany
2013
Foyer Schattdecor, Thansau, Germany
2013
Kunstpavillon im Alten Botanischen Garten, Munich, Germany
2012
Galerie am Schloss, Isny, Germany
2011
Galeria Szyb Wilson, Katowice, Poland
2010
Mönchsbergkavernen, Salzburg, Austria
Jelmoni Gallery, Piacenza, Italy
Colorida Art Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal
313 Gallery, Jersey City, NJ, USA
Deutsches Salzmuseum, Lüneburg, Germany
Kunstraum im Atlantik, Munich, Germany
Galerie G., Judenburg, Austria
Art Olympia 2017, Tokyo, Japan
Art Basel project, Basel, Switzerland
Galerie Brienner Strasse, Munich, Germany
Galerie am Schillerplatz, Vienna, Austria
Himmelspforte, Würzburg, Germany
Kunsthaus Sudhaus, Villach, Austria
Regierung von Oberbayern, Munich, Germany
Stiegenhausgalerie, Seeboden, Austria
Galerie im Alten Rathaus, Prien, Germany
Foyer Schattdecor, Thansau, Germany
Kunstpavillon im Alten Botanischen Garten, Munich, Germany
Galerie am Schloss, Isny, Germany
Galeria Szyb Wilson, Katowice, Poland
Mönchsbergkavernen, Salzburg, Austria
Hero - About Annette Werndl

About

Annette Werndl in her studio

Annette Werndl

2022

Residency at Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, NJ, USA (April until June)

2013

Planning and realization of the Academy of Fine Arts at the Alte Spinnerei in Kolbermoor (until 2014)

1996

In addition to professional work, seminars and courses in painting at art academies and at the Academy of Fine Arts at the Alte Spinnerei, Kolbermoor

Master class with Professor Jerry Zeniuk

Master class with Professor Hermann Nitsch

1983

Start planning work, interior design for private and business clients in Germany and abroad

1982

Travel in the United States, Mexico and Canada

1981

Diploma in interior design, Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences

1978

High school diploma in Deggendorf

1966

Boarding school Kloster Seligenthal, Landshut (until 1969)

1956

Born in Deggendorf

A painting of the year 2020 called "Swinging Lights (Mount Fuji)"
Some words to a painting
by Jerry Zeniuk
I’ve known the work of Annette Werndl for a long time. What had interested me about the painting Swinging Lights 1 (Mount Fuji) is the naturalistic imagery, a mountain. When I look at a painting, I ask: What should I look at? and What does it mean? First I see paint: paint on the surface, paint as a gesture and paint as an area. Then I see the mountain, which is also paint. I see paint on the mountain, and I see what could be a sky that is painted in various colors.
But when I look at the sky, it is more paint than sky. This dual role of color interests me. The paint is on the surface, and it is in the image. It is both at the same time. I consider this a metaphor for life. To portray, to present, to reveal, to confront: contradiction.
And in the end, I have to decide what I’m seeing and understanding. There has to be enough interest to make me reflect on what I’m seeing. And that interest is the presence of the materiality of the paint. The image is only a vehicle for the color and paint. Its materiality gives the painting power: the power to hold my attention. In the end is the question: Do I want to keep looking at the painting?
Identity is another point of interest. Annette’s paintings have a color scheme that is like a voice: identifiable. Her color is cool, and the resulting light depicted in the painting suggests depth. All her work has this color and light. The depth or pictorial space can be different. In this painting, I enter the pictorial space from the bottom and go to the top. The sky returns my focus back to me. So I enter the painting, have a visual experience with paint and a mountain, and return to myself and my thoughts about what I’ve experienced.
Then what does this painting mean, or is that important? Well, that’s what’s interesting: I have the impression that making this painting is the only important consideration. And it holds my attention. Being alive and interested is all that counts. This painting fulfills my expectations.
Painting on a wall inside of the living room
Paintings for Spaces Outside the “White Cube”
by Wolfgang Ullrich
The paintings of Annette Werndl almost always feature many different colors, some very strong and occasionally applied across larger areas.
Still, they never seem to be a garish, dazzling confusion of colors. Instead, thanks to strong contrasts, her works take on a special radiance; her colors necessitate each other, as if in collaboration rather than competition.
Certain Abstract Expressionists lend atmospheric richness to their painting by reducing its coloring, narrowing the color spectrum, but Werndl follows an opposite, more difficult, approach. It takes courage to rely on many colors at once, and moreover to accept unfamiliar color combinations initially perceived to be inharmonious.
Only with great concentration and almost a composer’s sense of colors can a uniform resonance, a higher, more complex form of harmony, be produced above all the conflicting tonalities. Since Annette Werndl does so, her exquisitely balanced paintings can have an effect on an entire space as well as the people in it. And what else could better provide “support”?
But that’s not all. The “energy” Werndl speaks of is perceptible in her paintings. It is largely created as a result of her habit of painting in layers. Color emerges onto the surface from the lower layers; sometimes it is exposed by scratching off the layers above it. In this way the impression of depth and movement are created. Especially when intense colors make up the lower layers, it seems as if the whole painting is seething beneath the surface like a volcano. One thus senses a distinct dynamism and energy, and this can extend beyond the edges of the painting to charge a whole room.