The artistic work of Heinrich Siepmann is essentially characterized by
three periods: Firstly the concentration on abstract painting between
1948 and 1957, secondly the cautious turn to constructive shapes and thirdly
the rigorouse decision in favour of the pure non-objective construction.
In doing so Siepmann was in his element. From the tenseness between the
formal arrangement and the emotional spontaneity he developed an artistic
programme of great density and wonderful musicality - it is significant
for Siepmann that he is an admirer of Johann Sebastian Bach and senses
the "Art of the Fugue" to be exemplary for his painting. Also
Kasimir Malewich with the epoch making "Black Square" belongs
to his ancestors.
Siepmann described the credo of his art as follows: "The artist reveals
his own cosmos - if you are sensitive enough you will be able to enter
this cosmos." Incisive events occur. Thereto belong severe diseases.
And thereto belongs the new style with new artistic dimensions. Siepmann
opens up new resources - no matter if it is painting in oil, watercolour,
collage, graphic or object. This man is inexhaustable in his creativity.
His biography is not spectacular at all. In 1904 he was born in Mülheim
an der Ruhr and there he lives and works - full of delight. He studied
at the Folkwangschule Essen. Since 1928 he is a freelance painter. From
1941 to 1945 he was a soldier and was busy with painting still-lifes and
landscapes. He used every opportunity to copy the Old Masters to elaborate
his abilities as a painter.
In 1948 he was a founding member of the group "young west" in
Recklinghausen. In the circles of his friends (Gustav Deppe, Thomas Grochowiak,
Ernst Hermanns, Emil Schumacher and Hans Werdehausen) Siepmann was classified
as "the real constructivist", who demonstrated his artistic
variety with his instruments - square, rectangle, triangle, line - and
also with a plentifullness of witty and ironical collages.
Finally Heinrich Siepmann intends to create results with his painting
that he once specified as "combinative arrangements". That means:
"From the reduction and the turn to basic shapes and precisely manageable
norms of composition I came", so Siepmann said, "to paintings
of a geometric-constructive approach." To arrange colour and shape,
to accomplish harmony and coherence and to design the final result out
of it - these are the artistic aims quickening Siepmann's imagination.
Space, area and conception are combined when it is a matter of perfecting
the "self-contained composition" in a consonance of the lowest
Heiner Stachelhaus, 2000
December 2002 Heinrich Siepmann died 98 years old in Mülheim a.d.