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Frank Holzenburg

Instagram: @woodcastles
Website:  woodcastles.de/en
E-mail: mailto:frank@woodcastles.de

 

Q1: Tell us about yourself.

In art studies I became acquainted with medieval French and Persian book illumination. Since then I have been fascinated by miniatures. The pictures often show more than the text tells -- they tell a somewhat unique story to each viewer. I have also been inspired by artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Hossein Behzad, and Dominique Pardigon — all very classical painting and drawing. In addition, I have always had a strong passion for illustration with attention to detail.

 

Q2: What differentiates you and your work from others? 

I love nature as a basis above all. Creative culture is often the seasoning. I usually work 3 to 5 hours on one painting. Strictly speaking, there are the same number of steps as in a 'normal-sized' painting, the same number of brushstrokes, etc. When I paint fur, it should be every single hair if possible, even if you can only see that on a large monitor. I'm also attracted to the blending of painting and photography. When a miniature is finished, I add a reference object and photograph the whole thing. The combination of the painted and the real additions creates yet another new, second work of art, which I find very appealing.

 

Q3: Describe yourself in 3 words.

• Detail
• Affection
• Sophistication

 

 

 

ARTWORK #1:  BEAVER   |   WATERCOLOR



 


ARTWORK #2:  FLY-AGARIC   |   WATERCOLOR




 


ARTWORK #3:  FOREST LAKE   |   WATERCOLOR

 



 

ARTWORK #4:  GALAGO   |   WATERCOLOR

 

 


ARTWORK #5:  SILENCE   |   WATERCOLOR

 


ARTWORK #6:  WATERLILIES   |   WATERCOLOR