Artist Spotlight: Jurgen Gorg
Born in 1951 in Dernbach, West Germany, Jurgen Gorg has established
himself as a master craftsman and consummate artist. His etchings and
lithographs reflect his innate talent and imagination. He studied visual
arts first, in Koblenz, Germany and later, at the Johannes-Gutenberg
University in Mainz, Germany. Gorg began his professional career in 1977
as an artist and printmaker and by 1980, was awarded a special painting
prize by the district of Rheinland-Pfalz. In 1985, a catalog raisonne
was published of Gorg's creations. Gorg's work follows a strong
tradition of figurative art with erotic overtones. He interprets his
subject matter loosely, keeping his figures open and emphasizing motion
through line and contour. A foreword in a book on Gorg's work captures
his artistic sensibility: "The predominant subject is the human body: it
is the body of a young, slim, beautiful person. The face remains vague,
the gestures are those of free motion. Everything concentrates on the
body language and the erotic radiation of the figures." His artistic
universe consists of lovers, dancers, musicians and masked personages.
Tender, lithe, slim, and young, these idealized, incompletely rendered
figures suggest the timeless and eternal. An elusive quality is
cultivated by Gorg who feels that "something should always remain open."
In his work, Gorg explores relationships. A sense of intimacy prevails,
yet the viewer is unsure of the precise nature of that intimacy. The
perfect bodies suggest a relaxed sensuality.