THOMAS STEMPEL | FRAGA

Introducing a new series of original drawings on paper by Thomas Stempel
We're delighted to introduce a new series of original works by German artist Thomas Stempel.

Created in his signature style of ink on paper, this series of smaller works invite the viewer into his recent trip to Florida and the visual creativity he found there.

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FRAGA 27

Hand Drawn Ink on 170gsm Paper
Unframed
Unique Signed Original
29.7 x 21 cm (11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in)


Taking inspiration from the shapes of Art Deco Architecture and palm trees, Stempel found himself in a completely new environment to his native Germany. Spending prolonged periods of time in the gardens of Miami and Hollywood, Florida, Stempel found inspiration in the Licuala Gradis palm tree, with its huge fan shaped leaves and their perfect graphic patterns.

The series of works is titled ‘FRAGA’ after ‘Franks Garden’, where Stempel discovered the trees. The series will eventually grow to a total of 42 works, to match the 42 trees in the garden.



FRAGA 11

Hand Drawn Ink on 170gsm Paper
Unframed
Unique Signed Original
29.7 x 21 cm (11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in)

£400
 
Created with the repeated and continuous movement of drawing, moving a compass around the paper, Stempel’s abstract works are calming and considered. Taking their time to shift over the paper, they offer the viewer a moment of contemplation.



FRAGA 30

Hand Drawn Ink on 170gsm Paper
Unframed
Unique Signed Original
29.7 x 21 cm (11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in)

What is so appealing about Stempel's works is the unique process in which they are crafted. To be able to work out exactly how the linework is made is a part of the joy of observing them.

The process challenges the norms of traditional art making, through using a tool that is not specifically designed for creating drawings of this intracity and scale. We can feel Stempel's inspirations taken from the 
environments that he has encountered and even apply our own memories of nature to them. 



FRAGA 31

Hand Drawn Ink on 170gsm Paper
Unframed
Unique Signed Original
29.7 x 21 cm (11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in)


About Thomas Stempel

Stempel's detailed hand-made drawings are strongly aesthetically influenced by the landscape of southern Germany, where he grew up. The rock formations, shadows of the trees, the stones rounded by the river on the riverbanks are deeply rooted in the artist's memories and inspirations.
 
Stempel also takes inspiration from man-made objects in the city where he now lives; the structure and transparency of fabrics such as silk or everyday textures such as reflections from water or scaffolding tarpaulins flow into his work.
 
The work’s themes and titles are deeply personal, coming from the thoughts, feelings, and situations in which his works are created. Every drawing has its story, its meaning, but the great thing about their abstract imagery is that everyone feels and thinks something different when looking at it.




FRAGA 35

Hand Drawn Ink on 170gsm Paper
Unframed
Unique Signed Original
29.7 x 21 cm (11 3/4 x 8 1/4 in)



If you would like further information about this new collection, you can contact us via info@rhodescontemporaryart.com or alternatively you can call 
+44 (0)20 7240 7909
August 3, 2022