Dragiputz, art studio dragon, chief of security and appointments.
If you dial my number, Dragiputz may answer the phone. As chief of security and appointments he keeps my phone often to himself. But don’t worry if no one answers. Dragiputz is probably dancing. As when no one is looking Dragiputz likes to dance to the ringing tune. Luckily my phone has an answering machine.
I know Dragiputz, my art studio dragon, since childhood. He is a very loyal dragon. For many, many years he hid in my parent’s attic. Some years ago, I helped my parents to clean the attic, Dragiputz saw his opportunity and sneaked down into the laundry room. As he is a very curious dragon, he climbed into the washing machine but not without turning it on beforehand. He enjoyed the ride. But as it was quite exhausting, he decided to rest for the following years on a rocking chair with view on Mount Pilatus.
In 2018 I moved from Rheinfelden back to Horw near Lucerne. One morning thereafter Dragiputz was standing in my art studio and proclaiming that from now on he will be my chief of security. Any protest was useless. He decided that one of my bar stools would be his new dragon’s horst as the view was perfect from there. To make it more comfortable he “found” a pillow and claimed it as his own.
Nowadays he likes sitting on his dragon’s horst for hours and hours to come enjoying the view on Mount Pilatus and Lake Lucerne.
Back in 2008, I graduated from the Schweizerische Hotelfachschule Luzern and was looking for a job. Besides writing applications, I decided to create some art. The goal was, to create not just a sketch like I did mostly before but to create art in a quality someone may would pay money for. I had the first ideas for E‘ FANTI BA‘ during my last semester and it seemed a great idea to create it for real. So, I started. E‘ FANTI BA‘ is a mosaic. I decided to craft all pieces by hand. A bit later I noticed that I had to craft a lot, really a lot more pieces than I thought. More than 14’000. But I did it and completed E‘ FANTI BA‘, my painting no. 1, some months later.
But how should I sell it? I offered it for a small fortune on an auction site. And then it happened, … a billionaire bought it for tenfold the asking price, … ;) …, no, you wish, …, you can still view it at my art studio. At least for now. There may be one of those legendary billionaires stopping by and buying E‘ FANTI BA‘ for his or her living room soon.
If you are speaking German I recommend you to switch to the German version and read the full story about E‘ FANTI BA‘. In short: E‘ FANTI BA‘ is not only an artwork, it is supposedly the only existing evidence of E‘ FANTI BA‘ the celebrated spa for elephants run by elephants and forbidden for humans. Unfortunately, it’s supposed location is long lost. But luckily you can still get an impression of it by viewing my mosaic E‘ FANTI BA‘.
Some details about E‘ FANTI BA‘:
Spring 2018 Manuel moved from Rheinfelden back to Horw near Lucerne where he spent his youth.
2018 Manuel Süess concentrated on finishing and publishing his second novel »Das Panequarium-Experiment«. He started writing in November 2017 after having the first ideas for his new book in October 2017. He finished the first draft in January 2018. But with finishing the draft the work had just began as revising a novel takes a lot of work. Manuel published his second novel in October 2018.
Besides the work in his art studio Manuel continued his studies BSc in business administration at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.
2018 Manuel Süess created two paintings and published one book. His artworks were shown in his art studio to interested visitors and clients.
»Das Planequarium-Experiment« is Manuel Süess' second novel. His first »Der Buchhalter« was published in 2012.
Manuel worked about a year on his story »Das Planequarium-Experiment« from the first ideas to the published book.
Currently it is only in German available but if you speak German we highly recommend you to order a copy of this fresh and unique novel.
2017 Manuel Süess concentrated on the further development of his art and the technical quality of his work.
Manuel combined abstract and figurative elements as well as different artistic approaches and techniques in his artworks. He created the background of his paintings with strong colours and abstract shapes and crafted his figures with black grainy modelling paste on top of it. Besides his popular dance paintings Manuel Süess also painted and created abstract birds, dogs and horses. Although they are different work series he unified them by using the same techniques. Each series had their own colour palette and topics: dancers full of joy and passion in red and yellow, free, independent birds in blue and down-to-earth horses in green and brown.
2017 Manuel Süess created 27 paintings and one drawing. His artworks were shown in his art studio to interested visitors and clients. Besides the work in his art studio Manuel successfully completed three courses in property management and started his studies as BSc in business administration at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.
During the last few days and months Manuel packed his paintings and things into boxes - what was a lot of work as his unique paintings filled nearly a hundred boxes – loaded them on a truck and moved to a new location. Back to his roots. He moved from Rheinfelden where he lived for the last eight years to Horw near Lucerne, Pilatus and Lake Lucerne where he spent his childhood and youth. From his new balcony he can once again enjoy the view over Lake Lucerne and well-known mount Pilatus.
Please note: Studio visits at his new location in Horw will be possible upon request from Mid-April/Mai 2018 forward.
In his current work Manuel Süess concentrates mainly on the development of his artisan skills to further improve the quality, expression and multi-dimensionality of his paintings.
Manuel combines abstract and figurative elements as well as different artistic approaches and techniques in his artworks. He creates the background of his paintings with strong colors and abstract shapes and crafts his figures with black grainy modelling paste on top of it. The contrast of the back- and foreground highlights the vivid sculptural appearance and the depth of his paintings.
His abstract figures are inspired by his first abstract dancers, his early linocut art cards and traditional Chinese paper cuts. Opposite to usual paper and linocuts Manuel doesn’t cut his figures out of the canvas but shapes them with modelling past on top of it. The spared areas of the figures let the background color shine through and accent the agility of the dancers, birds and horses.
Besides his popular dance paintings Manuel Süess also paints and creates abstract birds and horses. Although they are different work series he unifies them by using the same techniques. Each series has their own color palette and topics: dancers full of joy and passion in red and yellow, free, independent birds in blue and down-to-earth horses in green and brown.
Explore his paintings: http://art-by-manuel.com/en/malerei/
Manuel Süess developed his abstract-figurative horses inspired by his popular dance paintings and his early linocut cards. He creates his horses like his dancers with modelling paste on canvas what gives them a vividly and sculptural appearance.
Manuel’s horses are living, trotting and grazing on their abstract meadows. Sometimes he models his horses also on an unicolored canvas. Manuel uses these artworks to practice and refine his modelling technique.
At his latest versions of his horse designs Hazel and Heinrich he used more modelling paste than ever. He made his abstract horses bigger and thicker to refine their details and appearance. As his first horses had a thickness of only some millimeters his latest reach a thickness of up to a centimeter on top of the canvas. Thereby the latest versions of Hazel and Heinrich gain a more detailed body and a improved sculptural appearance to the viewer.
2016 Manuel Süess concentrated on the further development of his art and the improvement of the technical quality of his work.
Manuel developed his dancers from wild, abstract figures to more elegant forms with manlike proportions and therefore reduced the element of chance of the outcome of his paintings. Inspired by his early lino cuts as well as by Chinese paper cuts he added cut-outs to his figures to achieve the effect of suspense and movement within the body of his dancers that was earlier achieved be the element of chance. He sculpted his dancers with modelling paste on the canvas of his paintings what gave them a vivid and sculptural appearance. Manuel Süess used the same technique for his new horse paintings and will be using it for his popular bird series to unify his painting technique over all his work series.
2016 Manuel Süess created 45 paintings and more than 20 art print motives. His artworks were shown in his art studio to interested visitors and clients.