Water of Life

Genesis | 150 x 200 cm | acrylic on canvas | 2021 | sold

The origin of this painting is closely interwoven with the history of the artist’s creation. “Genesis” depicts the artistic birth of Steffen Schwien. A serious accident in May 2010 forever marked the person, the individual, the soul of the devoted autodidact. This significant key event was captured on canvas eleven years later to the day as part of the creative genesis of the artwork. There are few artistic compositions that are characterized by such an essential story – associated with deep emotions and a tearful creative process – and also make it visible to the viewer.

Inner Ocean | 100 x 200 cm | acrylic on canvas | 2022 | sold

Intoxicating and tumultuous, hypnotizing and relaxing, the omnipresent wave structures of the dynamic ocean have an effect on the viewer. Truth lies hidden in the water of life. The source of every being can be found in this liquid element that fills our bodies and without which we would not exist. Schwien’s inner ocean was brought to the outside and was made visible. Every structure, every color gradient, every dynamic reflects an emotion manifested on the canvas, which springs from the water and in which we as viewers can find our salvation. “Inner Ocean” is a living composition that never stands still and has its own underlying magical energy that shines externally and warms the soul within.

Intoxicating Ecstasy | 100 x 120 cm | acrylic on canvas | 2023 | price on request

Everything flows. Your own life passes before your inner eye. If you’re not careful, you’ll miss the jump. Does my being fulfill me? Am I filling others with the same? Everyone asks themselves these questions of meaning – or at least they should. Because if there’s one thing worth fighting for, it’s the exhilarating, ecstatic feeling of being there for each other and navigating the rapids of life together. We live in a cold world, in the German winter, and think only of our own well-being. Yet it is the encounters with others, the solidarity in certain situations, the shared experience and caring that gives our own existence emotional legitimacy.

Neptune's Portrait | 60 x 80 cm | acrylic on canvas | 2018 | sold

Wave sculptures and sky cinema. A feeling of freedom. The endless expanse of the sea captivates us. The dynamics of the surge. The water, the rush, the swell and bubble. The salt on our lips. The hair tousled by the wind. The mind so empty. “Neptune’s Portrait” is a declaration of love for the sea. It is a sea shanty sung by free spirits and adventurers. This work reflects the harmonic vibrations of the waves. It gives a glimpse into the depths of the ocean. It brings to the surface of the water the emotions felt while sailing, kiting or surfing. It is a tribute to the flowing waters that invigorate us, that make our hearts beat faster and give us freedom. “Neptune’s Portrait”: a painting that speaks from the soul of every water sports enthusiast.

Sea Flowers | 100 x 140 cm | acrylic on canvas | 2019 - 2023 | price on request

Waves roll over and sweep away the last thoughts with which the driven mind occupies itself in the ticking confusion of the present time. A thunderous echo resonates in the head, spreads out and leaves behind a calm that one would not expect in the face of the storm. Slowly the spray of a fast-moving world, which for so long obscured the view of beauty, fades away. Slowly, shadows become visible at the bottom of consciousness that seemed forgotten and now rise to the surface with other bubbles full of emotion. They are sea flowers – each unique, strong in character and intertwined. The beauty of the ocean reveals itself to those who are willing to take pause and allow themselves to be captivated by the colorful fragrance created by the ocean bouquet.

Freedom scent in the wave chorus | 50 x 60 cm | acrylic on canvas | 2023 | sold

The desire for freedom is in the human genes, just as the Constitution is enshrined in every modern democracy. The imagination of each individual serves as the basic framework: I imagine living in a world in which I can move freely, in which I can be ME and in which no social constraints hold me back. Unfortunately, the desire is greater than the imagination and, above all, it is greater than the chance to turn this desire into reality. ” Freedom scent in the wave chorus ” takes the viewer to a place where it is still possible to dream, where the waves roll over the shores of social constraints and carry a fragrance that will change the world.

The Great Rift | 50 x 30 cm | acrylic on canvas | 2021 | sold

A seemingly endless ocean trench stretches across the minimalist-looking canvas. The deep, rich blue tones have an almost hypnotic effect on the viewer. It seems as if the most fantastic stories of the underwater world have flowed into this composition. Mystical mythical creatures from the depths of a gigantic universe dance at night in the refractive light of the bright moon to the sounds of the rushing sea. “The Great Rift” brings to life your dazzling childhood dreams, where time still stood still and everything seemed possible.

African Waters | 60 x 80 cm | acrylic on canvas | 2021 | sold

“African Waters” reflects Schwien’s memories of his FSJ in beautiful Malawi, the “warm heart of Africa.” Lake Malawi, which shapes the breathtaking, scenic backdrop of the southeast African nation with its deep and multi-layered shades of blue, acts as a source of inspiration here. This dazzling composition, whose coloration blends harmoniously with the fine structures of the very same, has an invigorating and calming effect on the viewer at the same time.

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