"ART IS LIKE THE STARRY SKY, IT SPARKLES AGAIN AND AGAIN IN THE EYES OF THE BEHOLDER."
Hari Beierl was born in 1969 in the Bavarian countryside and grew up in a small village. He started drawing and painting in his early childhood and already by the age of 7 was creating with oil paints, having learned the technique from his grandfather who was also an artist. During his school holidays he stayed at his house and together they composed, replicating pieces by Picasso, Rembrandt and many other great artists. At the age of 16 Hari started an education as a porcelain painter and designer, he later went on to graduate with several awards at the age of 22.
"When the picture I am working on says to me 'I am done', then my work is done"
After he received a scholarship in Hungary he began to paint more abstractly, every square centimeter of a picture became even more important, and at the age of 24 he decided to go the way of a freelance artist. Harald has shown his work, mostly large-format oil paintings, in many solo exhibitions in Germany and in a few European countries like Hungary and Italy. He also creates sculptures and ceramics, selling many pieces to private collectors all over the world. His paintings speak in a poetic narrative language with expressive and energetic brushstrokes.
"My art is not a reflection or a statement about reality. My art is visionary. The world plan currently seems doomed to failure. My pictures tell of the time after all the madness."
Harald tells stories with his paintings, but not always the stories that at a quick glance one might think. The youthful stick figures and the ponderous, yet intense colors are interjected by lone, impromptu sentences and like graffiti on an otherwise clean city wall, leave the observer with mixed messages. The naively positive blends together with an almost dystopian aftertaste. The young playfulness invaded by adult solemnity, the obvious overcome by the obscure. Hari creates powerful and impactful art that can carry forward a powerful and impactful message.
Q. Do you remember the first art you made, what was it and how old were you? How and when did you first become seriously interested in art?
A. I think my first artwork was a drawing/etching on a wooden dresser in our living room at the age of 5! My parents were not amused but the art had to come out of me somehow. A serious interest for art began at the age of 18 when I commenced my studies, at this point I had my first solo exhibition and received lots of feedback from many different people. At this point, I was even able to sell three of my drawings. That was something of a start.
Q. What have you had to sacrifice for this career?
A. It was quite difficult the first ten years as there was always a problem with money. There were times when I had to decide between buying bread for eating or tobacco for smoking. This is a road one can only walk alone because it is far from easy and you must maintain a strong belief in yourself and in your work.
Q. Tell us about your particular style and how you came to it?
A. A scholarship in Hungary at 24 was a turning point in my life. In the mornings I would envision my pieces in a daze, full of colors, yellows, blues and reds. I would imagine all intense colors with little characters and stick figures. It was poetic. I am very grateful that this style came to me, as I sometimes want to tell little stories with my paintings.
Q. Who are your biggest influences? Are you inspired by the work of your peers or anyone else in particular?
A. Absolutely, there are many artworks and cave paintings that have influenced me. I, also love the work of Miro, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Cy Twombly.
Q. What does your art aim to express?
A. We have to take care of our Earth. Remember to look at the stars and the moon, the sun and the universe. We are fragile and minute like a raindrop and simultaneously we can be grand and destructive.
Q. Is the artistic life lonely? What do you do to counteract it?
A. I wouldn't say that this life is lonely. Perhaps the act of making art can be, but I can only do good art on my own. Also, the craft speaks with me, so I am never actually lonely.
Q. What is your philosophy in matters of art?
A. With my art I want to show people different paths in life, such as the path of love and the path of consciousness. I want to express that we all are one, humans, animals and plants on this Earth. All one. Call it love or call it God or Allah, the name does not matter because art is an immense part of this 'one'.
Q. What does 'success' mean to you?
A. If my art allows me to live with all the necessary mosaic stones of life, that's success. It doesn't matter if you have a big house or a small hut. The art itself prepares the way for the public.
Q. What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, and by who?
A. Go your own way, from my father.
Q. What advice would you give to the next generation?
A. The important thing for us all is to take care of our Earth and to not solely depend on electricity.
Inside the Studio: Hari Beierl
In order to visualize his visionary versions, Hari Beierl uses symbols such as the ladder (consciousness) or the heart (love). To witness the fragility of our world, the artist wants to capture how fragile the future is that we are building today.