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Jean-Pierre Kunkel

Born 1950 in France. He studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and the Academy of Fine Arts in Hamburg (Germany). He worked for 40 years as a freelance advertising illustrator and painter with a focus on photorealism in Hamburg. In his first creative phases he stayed in Paris and New York. There he worked as assistant to the famous art activist Jean-Paul Goude, which from then on decisively influenced his photorealistic way of working. Other artists who are inspiring Jean-Pierre‘s works: Richard Estes, John Kacere, Ralph Goings and Edward Hopper.
For me it’s not a question of competing with the precision of a camera lens and transferring a 1:1 snapshot to the canvas. Rather, I am interested in the possibili- ties of giving the reality of the photo a completely different effect. I am working with color intensities, light reflections and surface structures to create a new reality. The painting enables me to intensify the uniqueness of the moments I captured with the camera and to adapt it to my own ideal.