MAGAZINE

October 17th, 2018

Jesse Gussow

 

The imagery of death and danger are persistent themes in the artwork of Michael Hutter. However, there is also a feeling of safety. His pieces transport you to a world of strong religious themes and otherworldly creatures. In all honesty, his work is super fucked up but it is so incredibly detailed and beautiful that it’s impossible to not be pulled into his world. His vibrant use of colours, and especially his use of reds and greens, are so easy on the eyes that you are immediately drawn to the pieces and then you begin to see all the little details and you’re immersed with different fleeting sensations as you take in each aspect of the scene before you. 

 

Where are you from?

I'm from Cologne, Germany

 

How did you get started on your artistic journey?

When I was about 12 or 13 I accidently came upon a painting by Hieronymus Bosch that I saw in a magazine and a book about surrealism. Those two events hit me like an epiphany. Right away I decided to become an artist myself and to paint my own dreams and nightmares.

 

What is the best description for your work that you've heard?

Feel free to write one.

 

Where do you find the inspiration for your work?

To conjure up these pictures I developed a special technique. I deal with literature, art, music, philosophy, science, religion and pseudoscience, mostly far away from mainstream culture. I am not interested in reality or whether something is true or false. Only my fascination for the bizarre and offside leads me and the question what stimulates my imagination. Anyway, I consider truth to be an illusion. Consciously and subconsciously I mix what I absorb with my obsessions and passions, with desires, fears and nightmares and then banish what emerges from the abyss of my personality, in pictures, written or painted.

 

What does your artwork say about you?

Well probably everything. I think it is the key to my twisted personality.

 

Who are your biggest influences for your work?

Pornographic and macabre literature, especially The Holy Bible.

 

What is your perfect work environment?

I need to hear music: mostly gothic- and dark metal, but also classic composers, preferably late romantics. Anton Bruckners symphonies are great for work!

 

What is your process for creating a piece from start to finish? What is the largest piece you've done?

There are some clips on my YouTube channel, showing me while working or displaying the genesis of my paintings. Best have a look there:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDYAGO2aFS8zHQe-blURThw

The biggest piece I did so far is my triptych "The Triumph of the Flesh". It's amongst the pictures I sent you.

 

With respect to being an artist today, compared to say, 100 years ago, what are the biggest differences and challenges compared to then and now?

How am I to know? I have not lived and worked a hundred years ago. The biggest challenges might have been surviving World War 1 and the Spanish Flu....

 

If you had a time machine where would you go, and why?

It might be interesting to meet some people who lived some years ago: 

Moses and Abraham. I would like to know what creature they met and took for God. Nero, his parties must have been a real sensation (but I would not like to take part as an early Christian....). Or Hieronymus Bosch; maybe he could introduce me to some interesting drugs?

But all in all, I'm quite happy to live in my time. Probably meeting these people would be a little bit of a disappointment. It might be better to answer my questions with fantasy rather than boring reality.

 

If you weren't an artist what job would you have?

I'd rather be dead than not an artist.

 

What is the biggest surprise you've experienced with your artwork?

Every a good idea hits me like a surprise.

 

Do you prefer Oreo or Fudgee-O cookies? Or some other dessert?

I prefer my homemade cookies.

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