Furrows of the Past | 200 x 100 cm | acrylic on canvas | 2022 | sold
Every human being will be marked by scars in the course of his or her life. Either they are physical scars that mark the body and are evidence of adventurous stories and daring incidents, or they are the deeper, profound psychological scars that determine and shape one’s own existence like significant caesurae. This composition is based on precisely these traces of past wounds that are visible on the surface. “Furrows of the Past” reflects the events and encounters that have shaped and formed Steffen Schwien as a person as well as an artist. It is a key work whose significance extends beyond its inherent artistic value and reflects the story of a man who had to bear many scars in order to recognize his true passion and find the meaning of his life.
Balance | 120 x 80 cm | acrylic on canvas | 2019 | sold
Harmony. Pleasure. Being in harmony with oneself. Balanced. Nature is simply invigorating. With every autumnal walk, Schwien lets these feelings sink in. In nature, you arrive in the here and now. One perceives. You observe. You focus on the essentials of life. You become grounded. “Balance” is an expression of this unison. A harmonious masterpiece characterized by gentle vibrations, subtle transitions, dynamic color gradients and a natural color scheme. The work helps to find the inner balance.
Starry Storm | 30 x 40 cm | acrylic on canvas | 2022 | sold
Tomorrow we will no longer be there. Tomorrow we will wake up, yawn, rub the fairy dust from our eyes, look in the mirror and see a new person. At night, the starry storm sweeps away all the thoughts that occupy us during the day. It is this storm that frees us, that cleanses us, that changes us and reshapes us. Our mind cannot grasp this process, but our heart surely can. Schwien has captured this emotional rebellion of the soul in a colorful maelstrom full of depth, dynamism and desire. “Starry Storm” may be understood as a composition whose nocturnal melodies sound into the day.
Réunion avec van Gogh | 60 x 50 cm | acrylic on canvas | 2020 | sold
One artist whose story has always fascinated Schwien and whose paintings constantly captivate him is Vincent van Gogh. Schwien can spend hours in front of van Gogh’s paintings and be inspired by them. Van Gogh’s work “Starry Night,” painted in 1889 in beautiful Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, is one of his favorites. In his painting “Réunion avec van Gogh” he has processed all the feelings that he associates with van Gogh’s art. It transmits the emotionality of van Gogh, the passion with which he created works such as “Starry Night”. It is a tribute to a great artist, to a man who fought all his life for the recognition of the art world. “Réunion avec van Gogh” picks up on that strength and willpower. It is a painting that stands out, that lives through its experimentation and non-conformity.
“Réunion avec van Gogh”: an emotional meeting with an artist whose art lives on in all of us.
Amor | 80 x 80 cm | acrylic on canvas | 2022 | price on request
Color, cast in love and flowing through the veins of this multi-layered work of art, spreads across the deeply textured surface, carrying a scent of loving freedom that makes the recipient’s senses resound. This composition invites the viewer to consider the myriad aspects of love and to comprehend its deeper meaning. The quintessence of this emotion, which hovers over everything and which romantics such as Eichendorff or Caspar David Friedrich have tried to capture in words or paintings at other times, seems incomprehensible. Love can be the tipping point that can change a person’s life instantly, significantly and forever. “Amor” is the artistic love letter of a man who has run out of words and whose art – as the voice of his heart – expresses his innermost soul.
Unseen | 120 x 120 cm | acrylic on canvas | 2022 | sold
A breast quake is accompanied by strong waves of attraction that spread like concentric circles on a still, sublime lake of unconditional love and caring affection. In the first moment, the feeling cannot be classified – it is overlaid by wild, passionate emotions. It remains unseen, unrecognized, undefined. But little by little, the superficial layers are replaced by a certainty of having found the true soulmate for whom the quintessence of one’s being has always craved. “Unseen” is the heartbreak of an entire generation. It is a composition that only at second glance reveals a wealth of emotions that remained hidden from the recipient for a long time. “Unseen” is breast quaking and passion and soul connection.
La Nuit | 100 x 120 cm | acrylic on canvas | 2021 | price on request
Pearls of sweet stardust form on the colorful canvas. Speckled with millions of experiences that we may perceive at night with closed eyes, this composition itself appears like the manifestation of a dream. In the center of the painting, the guardian of sleep enthrones the sensual expanses of our consciousness. Like a loving shepherd, he guides us through even the most vivid scenes of our mind. The radiance that emanates from “La Nuit” and whose glow has a calming effect on the recipient is created within the painting. This composition remains constantly in motion, like the dream perpetuum mobile that we are privileged to experience night after night.