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wolfgang balk
earth water air | tuscan impressions

From 30 June to 18 July 2017, the atmospheres, colours and lights of the Tuscan landscapes by Wolfgang Balk, works tending towards abstraction which encourage viewers to dig into their memory to bring back to mind their visual and emotional experiences, are on display at OCRA as part of the series Fridays at OCRA Montalcino.

WOLFGANG BALK | Earth Water Air | Tuscan Impressions
OCRA Creative Workshop of Living – Montalcino (Siena) – Italy
Friday 30 June 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

For Wolfgang Balk, Italian landscape, and especially Tuscan landscape, is an inexhaustible source of inspiration: light, colours, mountains, rivers, lakes and especially the sky, clouds and wind. The earth and the sky encourage meditation: the play of clouds, the arrival of a storm, rain and fog, sunset and dawn. Balk aims to capture the atmosphere and show the emotions it conveys. His favourite technique is oil painting: the artist creates partly colours himself and partly uses local Tuscan pigments mixed with linseed and poppyseed oil. He is more interested in internal processes than in reality: his landscapes tend towards abstraction and encourage viewers to dig into their memory to bring back to mind their visual and emotional experiences. The works on display, all of which have been created in the last three years, include clear references to artists such as William Turner (his latest works), Alfred Sisley, Giorgio Morandi, Mark Rothko and Zen painting, and they reflect the atmosphere of Val d’Orcio, which offers ever different and exciting natural spectacles in different seasons of the year.

About | Wolfgang Balk

Wolfgang Balk was born in 1949 in Munich. He studied literature, philosophy and art history, and has worked for several publishing companies dealing with art and literature. For the past twenty years, he has been the director of the publishing company DTV. He lives in Munich and Montalcino.


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Wolfgang Balk
Earth Water Air | Tuscan Impressions

Friday 30 June 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Exhibition open until 18 July 2017
Opening hours: 10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

OCRA – Creative Workshop of Living
Via Boldrini 4 – Montalcino (Siena)
Free entrance


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