Jochen Görlach’s fine paintings reflect a profound study of Baroque painting, especially with the stylistic device of chiaroscuro. Against a dark background, parts of human bodies stand out – heads, arms, hands, legs – captured by a light that cannot be clearly located. Görlach’s figures, who appear oblivious and whose actions are not easily deciphered by the viewer, seem to emerge from nowhere. They show and hide themselves at the same time. In this way, Görlach’s works remain in a “graceful limbo of impenetrably mysterious pictorial reality” (Christian Malycha 2015, exhibition catalog Galerie Rothamel).
Jochen Görlach was born in 1970 in Reutlingen/Germany. After a semester at the Ècole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, he trained as a restorer, focusing on 17th and 18th century painting. From 1997 to 2000 he studied design and process organisation at the Freie Hochschule Metzingen and has been working as a freelance artist since 2008. His works can be seen regularly in solo and group exhibitions. Görlach lives and works in Reutlingen.