Menu
ArtistsExhibitionsViewing RoomSecondaryJournalFairsAboutLocationsShop
WOLFGANG BETKE
Lao Tse jenseits der Grenze, 2021
acrylic, pastel and charcoal on canvas, 240 x 200 cm
Inquire
WOLFGANG BETKE
Gegensätzliche Charakter, 2022
mixed media on aluminium, 60 x 50 cm
Inquire
WOLFGANG BETKE
b. 1958, based in Berlin, DE

Wolfgang Betke's pictures emerge in lengthy work processes from the art of painting itself. Where this traditionally ends, the artist seizes the canvas with sometimes ruthless means; scraping, scratching, smearing or corroding the canvas to revise, uncover or paint over previously created layers.
Betke sometimes goes so far in this process of creation and destruction, construction and deconstruction, that he creates holes in the canvas, thereby breaking the limits of the image’s actual space.
His colourful works show the conditions and processes of creation of the medium of painting; the application and removal of paint on the canvas as well as the duration of its genesis. Betke‘s paintings name what they are - a distinct bodily “language“ that makes both the outer and the inner world tangible. The latter draws from the memory of the body as well as from a world of thought based on intensive examination of philosophical questions.
WOLFGANG BETKE
Levitation, 2022
mixed media on aluminium, 150 x 125 cm
Inquire
WOLFGANG BETKE
Lao Tse kurz vor der Grenze, 2021
acrylic, pastel and charcoal on canvas, 240 x 200 cm
Inquire
Past exhibitions
Wolfgang Betke
and suddenly: THE SWEET COOL SCENT OF MORNING FOREST
SETAREH Düsseldorf
elective affinities
SETAREH is pleased to present the group exhibition elective affinities with works by Kate Andrews, Wolfgang Betke, Bea Bonafini, Gregor Gleiwitz, Philipp Goldbach, Bettina Marx, Christian Megert, Sebastian Riemer, Laura Sachs, Elsa Sahal and Miron Schmückle.
SETAREH Düsseldorf
Schweigezone
Wolfgang Betke
SETAREH Düsseldorf
Wolfgang Betke
So ist die Lage
SETAREH Düsseldorf
21.06.20 Berliner Tagesspiegel
WOLFGANG BETKE MEHR BERLIN

Das Porträt ist gerade noch zu erkennen. Man sieht Schultern, Hals und einen Kopf in völliger Auflösung. Wie auf einem Foto mit langer Belichtungszeit, während derer sich der Porträtierte unablässigbewegt. Tatsächlich entwickeln sich manche Bilder bei Wolfgang Betke über Jahre. Daraus resultiert eine seltsame Vielgesichtigkeit: Der Berliner Künstler macht sein Motiv zwar aus vielen Perspektiven sichtbar, fassen aber lässt es sich nicht…

Close
Kate Andrews, Transit, 2021, Oil on canvas, 100 x 80 cm
KATE ANDREWS
HOVERBEAM, 2021
Oil on canvas
110 x 90 cm
Kate Andrews, Arena, 2021, Oil on canvas, 50 x 80 cm
KATE ANDREWS
HOVERBEAM, 2021
Oil on canvas
110 x 90 cm