Havekost, Eberhard Face me (Ozelot), 2003
Öl auf Leinwand 60 x 40 cm Courtesy: Eberhard Havekost Estate, Galerie Gebr. Lehmann Photo: Archiv Galerie Gebrüder Lehmann

About the work

Eberhard Havekost follows the tradition of realistic painting which is partly mixed with the photorealism of the 1970s. The artist sought the templates for his motifs in his own and found photography. Often slightly blurred, the motifs appear momentary, just in dissolution and movement. His images are truthful and distorted at the same time, questioning human automated visual perception. The question of why his choice of images, the artist always leaves unanswered.

About the artist

born 1967 in Dresden
died 2019 in Berlin

After graduating from high school, Eberhard Havekost did an apprenticeship as a stonemason in the former GDR. In 1989 he fled to the West via Budapest and lived in Frankfurt am Main. In 1991 he decided to study at the Dresden University of Fine Arts, where he became a master student of Ralf Kerbach in 1997. In 2010 he took up the professorship of painting at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art, where he worked until his death.

Works by Eberhard Havekost can be found in the collections of the Rubell Family Collection, the Tate London, the Städel Museum in Frankfurt am Main and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, among others.