Born in Wilhelmshaven in 1961, in 1984 Folkert Rasch began studying painting at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Braunschweig, under Professors Lienhard von Monkiewitsch and Hermann Albert. In 1978 he became a master student of Prof. Hermann Albert.
Folkert Rasch is not concerned with the depiction of faithful topographies or idyllic landscapes. Instead, the painter focuses on creating a strict pictorial order against the chaotic law of a disorderly world. With his reasonably ordered compositions, he embarks on a search for the limits of reason.
In doing so, he makes use of one of the most relatable motifs and yet denies the viewer of his paintings any confirmation of familiar contexts. In his metaphysical imagery, he removes himself from naturalistic expectations and only in this way arrives at his inner reality.
For the description of his seascapes, the artist uses the contradictory nature of the concept of “Untiefe”. Nautically considered the shallow or flat part of the water, the prefix (“Un-“) at the same time suggests a particularly great depth. The horizontal lines of his works thus combine to create a rewarding tension and convey a sense of distance and proximity in equal measure.
Folkert Rasch lives and works in Cologne.