1974 · Germany
Working on a monumental scale to bring to life imagine characters that nevertheless resonate with a sense of reality, German artist Hendrik Beikirch (who usually goes by his alias “ecb”) creates a space for deep personal and cultural reflection.
Creating anonymous portraits of figures who seem taken directly from our modern streets, Beikirch works in a monochromatic palette to give his works a strong sense of visual contrast and to also perhaps reinforce the notion of transience and evanescence over time. From his massive gallery canvases to his full-scale murals set within the modern metropolis, Beikirch uses the visual language of these stoic likenesses to convey both a sense of destitution and determination.
Born in Kassel, Germany, in 1974, ecb created his first painting in 1989 before pursuing his study of art at the University of Koblenz-Landau. He graduated in 2000 and is today still based in Koblenz, however the inspiration for and exhibition of his work has carried him around the globe. Recent exhibitions include “Unit44, After the Dark” in Newcastle, UK (2013); “Scope New York” at Galerie Wolfsen in New York (2014); and “Urban Art Biennale 2015” at the Museum Völklinger Hütte in Saarbrücken, Germany (2015).