“My art is uncompromising and direct. It is unique in its poetic, musical expression. The heart is its abode. It connects with the soul's longing for freedom, co-creation and participatory commitment.”
Peter Backhaus was born in 1947 in Germany and in 1968 he emigrated to Sweden where he studied philosophy, psychology and art. In Gothenburg, he had his own art school.
For Backhaus painting is survival. To keep sanity. Trauma Work. His paintings are internal images. They don’t talk about everyday life, temporary feelings or experiences from an external reality. They come from a level beyond time and space, beyond the personal ego, where complete stillness and total chaos coexist. They are like layers in the archetypal landscape, which are deep inside of each person regardless of culture or color.
Backhaus’ art wants to unite differences and spread optimism regarding the human psyche’s ability to bring about change in the same way art has helped him to process his personal German history. His work has been shown in different Swedish and German galleries and museums. Since 2019, he is represented by Pashmin Art Consortia on an international level and has participated in numerous museum exhibitions in China.
In 2021, Peter Backhaus was represented with three large paintings at the Florence Biennale. The artist lives and works in Gothenburg, Sweden and Berlin, Germany.
This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist