Paddington – acrylic on pvc board
Made this birth notice for the arrival for my son. It is hanging on our balcony, to show the world that he has arrived. The original Paddington has a tag around his neck saying “Please take care of this bear”. As we will take care of him, it was no more needed.
Safari baby room mural – acrylic
This is a mural I painted for our baby boy that will be born in spring 2016. My wife also helped colouring in. We finished it after celebrating New Year’s Eve 2015. After toasting to the New Year at midnight, we weren’t tired, so we painted until the early morning of the new year. What a good start to 2016! We are so looking forward to our little boy. We are sure he will love his mural as much as we loved painting it.
100 Years Kessler – acrylic on canvas 08/2015
This was a gift for the 100 year anniversary of the company where I work. We had a big event in Bern, where I handed over the painting to the 4th generation of this family run business. It was a great event and the first time I could hand over one of my paintings in front of hundreds of people.
Speeding Sucks – Bumper Sticker
This was my version of the “slow down take it easy” bumper sticker popular in Switzerland. Contact me if you would like to purchase one for CHF 20.00. Limited edition, only a few left!
Mini Mouse – acrylic on pvc board 07/2015
In Switzerland it is a tradition to hang a board outside your house to let everyone know your baby was born. I had to prime the pvc board with a spray so I could paint over it with acrylic. Like this it is weather resistant. This was a birth notice for the daughter of a good friend from work. These signs have become my speciality, so expect more to follow in the future.
Om – acrylic on canvas 03/2014
This is what happened to the Green Dragon painting. My first truly abstract painting. Normally I prefer realistic paintings but I am trying to find a medium between abstract and realistic. When paintings are too photo realistic they lose that flow and spontaneity. For example I love the paintings of corn fields by Vincent van Gogh. They are realistic but they have an abstract touch. He had a great sense of colour. It is pure genius the way he used his famous little brush strokes with the thick wet paint, giving the painting a life of its own.
Green Dragon – acrylic on canvas 03/2014
Another crazy one. This one I actually painted over a few days later. It became the Om Painting. It looks like the dragon is carrying off the human to go and eat him but actually this painting represents the higher self. The green dragon is my higher self guiding and protecting me.
Over The Moon – acrylic on canvas 02/2014
This painting I started in 2010 and only finished it in 2014. It evolved a lot over the years. In the beginning there was a man sitting at the bottom holding the earth. At the top there was a giant hand trying to pull the earth away from him. When I painted the man’s face and screwed it up, I got so frustrated that I painted over him and the giant hand. For the earth and moon I used structure paste to create a 3D effect. For the stars I used glitter. At the bottom you can see what it looked like before. It was quite a long process, too long actually, but the result is quite interesting.
Messiah – acrylic on canvas board 12/2013
This one is a bit crazy. I actually painted this in a bit of a manic phase at 3 o’ clock in the morning and finished it in a few hours. It shows the Messiah, or the returning Jesus, being helped off the cross by an angel. He was resurrected by her love. He has an enraged look on his face, his hands are wrapped in golden gloves, ready to fight. He is angry with humanity as we didn’t understand his message and nailed him to the cross. Above him there is the star of David. At the bottom there are Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim symbols. They signal his return to unite all religions. It is no coincidence, that the angel looks like my wife rescuing me, I was quite emotional when I painted this. I found a genuine gold frame for this painting and it’s hanging in our living room. Most people won’t understand the meaning and it isn’t very pretty but it has a special meaning for me and is close to my heart.
Koi Fish – acrylic on canvas 11/2013
This is a classic Feng Shui painting that I specifically made for our bedroom. I copied the lotus flowers and fish from different Feng Shui paintings that inspired me and combined them. Fish are good luck symbols in Asia, they bring good fortune. The koi fish in the painting are called Kohaku. They have a white body with red spots and symbolize success in your career. We also have an aquarium with mostly Neon Rainbows at home. They are not only pretty to look at, there is something calming and relaxing about them.
Table Mountain – acrylic on canvas 09/2012
This is a painting of the iconic Table Mountain in one of the most beautiful cities of the world, Cape Town, South Africa. I lived many years in Cape Town, it’s a melting pot of different cultures with a fantastic vibe and the scenery is breathtaking. I copied this from a photo taken from the Bloubergstrand at sunset. I stuck glitter and Swarovski stones where the city is and they sparkle depending on the light. This painting is hanging in our living room. A mountain in the living room is very good Feng Shui, is symbolizes strength, confidence and longevity. As my wife is Chinese we pay attention to these things.
Green Sea Turtle – acrylic on canvas 10/2011
This one I painted as a wedding gift for close friends of mine. They went diving with green sea turtles in Maui, Hawaii on their honeymoon. I copied this from a photo and it came out really photo realistic. It is one of my favourite paintings. I love this subject. The turquoise colour of the water, with the light shining through it, looks amazing and the turtles look so graceful and peaceful. More paintings like this to follow soon. The next one will be painted with the airbrush.
Tigger – acrylic on pvc board 05/2011
In Switzerland it is a tradition to hang a board outside your house to let everyone know your baby was born. I had to prime the pvc board with a spray so I could paint over it with acrylic. Like this it is weather resistant. This was a birth notice for my Godchild. It spreads a happy vibe and symbolizes friendship.
Waves – acrylic on canvas 08/2009
This one I painted as a birthday gift for an ex-girlfriend of mine. Actually girlfriend is exaggerated as we broke it off after a few weeks before it got serious. Well, it was long enough to paint this for her. As far as I know, it is still hanging in her apartment.
Buddha – acrylic on canvas 06/2009
This I painted in Lisbon. I travelled around Europe that sommer from Germany, Holland, France, Spain to Portugal. I rented a cheap apartment and stayed in Lisbon for three weeks. I bought a travel easel and painted this in my room. While I was there I met a girl who showed me around the city. We became good friends. When I left, I gave the painting to her, it is still hanging in her apartment. I copied it from a photo of the Kamakura Daibutsu (Great Buddha) in Kamakura, Japan. Originally I wanted to paint the background with grass and sky. But I framed the Buddha in white and extended those lines and changed the colour of the ground. It ended up like a cross, symbolizing the four elements, earth, fire, water and air. Not what I intended but I like it. It gives the painting a more spiritual nature.
Psychedelic Lion – acrylic on canvas 2007
This was my first painting since childhood that I painted when I was 28 years old. This is actually the painting that got me back into painting. I painted a lot as a kid but I didn’t keep any of those drawings or paintings, so this is the first painting of my documented portfolio. It is pretty crazy with a lot of spiritual symbolism. I made it in an art workshop and the art teacher loved it so much, he wanted to keep it to show his other students. But of course I couldn’t give away my first painting and it is still hanging in my office now. It is very abstract but I love it because I painted it completely without thinking.