I may take note on the site, but the actual painting is a studio affair. Cubes, containers and poles, – my work appears to be mimetic. There are recognizable architectural bodies, figurative forms and everyday objects which in their presence open up pictorial spaces. Insofar as painting perceives its aim to be the recreation of recognizable objects, it is an art form which is easily accessible through the process of recognition. My paintings seem to offer an equally easy access. The canvases and drawings are presenting themselves like photographs of uninhibited spaces, blurred by different distorting filters.
Playing with light generates curious optics in the pictorial space. Lines of objects disappearing in the background draw the eye of the observer into the distance. It is as if the pictorial space could be entered. Yet, suddenly, the horizon disappears in a diffuse haze. At the same time a brilliant light source seems to emanate from this haze and illuminate the surrounding objects. Looking more closely, we find a different source of light, illuminating the scene from the side. This multifarious illumination irritates. Are the architectural bodies really three dimensional?
Also a considerable factor in determining this mood is indubitably the choice of base colors. My paintings are chiefly based on nuance shades of blue, brown and green. I builds my canvases or drawings with layer upon layer of thins acrylic paint. As each layer permeated one another, a “disturbed surface structure” begins to evolve.
I capture portions of the infinitely varied multitude of scenic perceptions in the manner which they have affected me. My paintings represent landscapes out of my environment.
Franco Mueller is a self-taught artist. He exhibited extensively in Switzerland, France, Germany, the United States and his works are included in the collections of: Vanguard Group; Blank & Rome; Deloitte Inc.; Bank of Montreal and more, as well as private collections. He is the recipient of many awards and honors: Paul Zuppinger Prize; Malerei Kanton Solothurn Prize and Wekjahresbeitrag Kanton Solothurn in Switzerland.